Buying the right LED bulb is more than just adding one to your cart or picking one up off of a shelf.  This guide helps to break down the complexities around LED lighting so you can not only feel good about your purchase but you won't have to return it later. Below is a picture of an LED light bulb and the LED Lighting Facts for it.  Each number is associated with a section on the right which provides additional detail.


Lighting has become something that's easy to take for granted until a bulb goes out.  When that time comes, the number of choices available is higher than it's ever been and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime in the near future.  When shopping for light bulbs, you can sidestep the bans and continue using incandescent bulbs and many do despite their limited lifespan so that they don't have to give up the familiar glow they've been used to.  Some have taken the first step to using energy-efficient lighting use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

Compared to incandescent bulbs CFL bulbs seemed like a great upgrade; however, the reduced power consumption and heat output came with two drawbacks.  Many compact fluorescent light bulbs don't achieve full brightness immediately or work well with dimmers.  This has made it difficult for some to replace their incandescent lights until they could upgrade without the same compromises and this is where LED lighting comes into play.

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1) Bulb Shape

2) Types of Bulb Bases

3) Brightness

4) Color Temperature

5) Features