Find the Right LED Bulb for You: Shopping By Equivalent Wattage
At EarthLED we are always interested in making the buying process for LED lighting easier. That's why we now offer a convenient "shop by equivalent wattage" feature.
Below are links to common traditional light source wattages, each page features LED bulbs that will effectively replace these light source wattages with a fraction of the energy.
Although we're used to traditionally buying lighting based on wattage. LED lighting is a completely different type of light source. It is important to keep the following in mind:
Directional or Omni-Directional?
Select directional bulbs (PAR, MR-16 and our Directional Downlights: ZetaLux 2, ThetaLux, EvoLux 2) when replacing a light source that aims downward or at an object. Typically these types of bulbs require less lumens to replace their traditional incandescent or halogen counterpart due to the fact that none of the light is wasted.
Select omni-directional bulbs (Philips AmbientLED, Lighting Science Definity Omni, Sylvania Omni) when replacing a light source that requires light in all directions such as a table or desk lamp. These types of bulbs have minimum lumen requirements set forth by the US Department of Energy. Read our Feature "Think Lumens Not Watts"
While many LED bulbs are now dimmable, not all of them are and not all of them dim in the same way. Since LEDs consume such a low wattage, many types of dimmers do not function with LED in the same way that they do with high wattage load incandescents. When dimming an LED you may notice the following:
- Smaller amount of dimming rage (Typically 70-90% range vs. 100% with incandescent)
- LED Bulbs may not shut off at lowest dim setting: this is caused by the dimmer thinking the bulb is completely off due to the low amount of wattage an LED consumes.
- On dimming systems based on X10 or Power Line Carrier (PLC) control technology, LEDs may flicker when modules are communicating due to the small fluctuations in power on the line.
- Current LEDs do not shift color when dimmed, in other words they will not offer a soft fiery glow when dimmed like an incandescent
For all of our dimmable bulbs
we offer a list of compatible dimmers to allow you to ensure you can pair our LED with a dimmer that is known to offer the best dimming experience.
Can I Get A Rebate?
Look for the EnergyStar logo on product pages and around our site. This signifies this product is an Energy Star Compliant LED Light Bulb and there may be rebates available in your area for LED lighting that is Energy Star Compliant. For a current, full list of rebates, view our LED light bulb rebate page
Shop For LED Light Bulbs by Equivalent Wattage: