LIGHTING INFORMATION


Bulb Direct not only provides brand name products and exceptional customer service, but we pride ourselves on being extremely knowledgeable in all things lighting. Our staff prides itself on helping you find the bulbs and information you are looking for and we wanted to convey that through our website as well. This page is here to provide you with the latest information in the lighting world as well as helpful tools for you to research and find the bulb that will best fit your needs.

Picking out the right bulb can sometimes be tricky. Below are a couple of pages that we use to help determine which bulb is the right one for you:

How to Measure a Light Bulb
Which Bulb Do You Need?
Glossary of Terms

Light Bulb Replacement Guide
If you are having trouble figuring our what would be a good replacement for an old incandescent or you are just looking to upgrade to CFL (compact fluorescent)  or LED (light-emitting diode) this Light Bulb Replacement Guide from Sylvania will help.

ENERGY STAR®
Lighting Made Easy: Brighten our planet's future with ENERGY STAR®
Even with all the new lighting choices, saving money on your electricity bill is still simple: Look for the ENERGY STAR for energy savings. No matter the technology or the performance claims, only bulbs with the ENERGY STAR label meet strict guidelines for efficiency and performance that set them apart.

Look for the ENERGY STAR: Energy star means high quality and performance. Bulbs with the label have been independently certified and undergone extensive testing.

ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use less energy, so they cost less to operate than standard incandescent bulbs. And less energy means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- Use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs
- Save over $55 in energy bills
- Provide the same brightness (lumens) with less energy (watts)
- Last 15-25 times longer than incandescent bulbs
- Help protect the environment and prevent climate change

Choosing the Right Brightness & Color: Instead of watts, look for lumens to measure the brightness of the bulb. More lumens = more light
Look for the light output you need to match the brightness of your old incandescent bulbs. Watts measure the amount of electricity a bulb needs to operate. ENERGY STAR certified bulbs provide the same brightness (lumens) with less energy (watts).

ENERGY STAR bulbs are available in a wide range of colors. Light color, or appearance, matches a temperature on the Kelvin scale (K). Lower K means warmer, yellowish light, while higher K means cooler, bluer light.

ENERGY STAR certified bulbs last 15-25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

- 1 9-watt LED ENERGY STAR certified light bulb. Total cost: $18
- 15 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. Total cost: $100
- 1 ENERGY STAR certified light bulb prevents 780 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime.

Impact of ENERGY STAR: Lighting an average home can use more energy than your laundry equipment, refrigerator, and dishwasher combined.

- The average household has approximately 70 light bulbs.
- Nearly 60% of light bulb sockets in the U.S. still contain inefficient bulbs.

If every household replaced just one light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR we would save enough energy to light 2.6 million homes for a whole year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 648,000 vehicles. Learn more at energystar.gov/lighting