Light Bulb Buying Guide
The first step toward buying the right light bulb is to determine the application. By doing this you will have a better idea of the specifications you’re looking for.
UL-Listed for Wet Locations
Outdoor locations exposed to wind, rain, snow, etc., including open-air decks, porches and gazebos.
UL-Listed for Damp Locations
Covered high-humidity outdoor spaces like patios or garages, where there’s no direct contact with rain or snow.
Pick a light bulb that is Energy Star qualified. Compact Fluorescent and LED light bulbs are eligible for Energy Star qualification. This rating means the light bulb meets energy efficiency levels that will greatly lower your energy consumption.
ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs
- Use about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
- Last 10 to 25 times longer and saves $30 to $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime
- Meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party
- Produce about 70-90% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling
Only light bulbs with electrical components can be tested for UL Safety Standards and Energy Star performance standards. This means you will only see UL or ENERGY STAR references on CFL or LED products. Incandescent products including halogen and Krypton/Xenon bulbs do not have the opportunity to be rated by these organizations and are generally safe to use in any application as long as the light bulb’s wattage does not exceed the maximum wattage of the fixture.