Choosing the Right LED Bulb

LEDs can be used almost anywhere you would normally use an incandescent or CFL bulb, but it's important to match the right bulb to the right socket.

Here are some tips:

  • If you're replacing standard incandescent bulbs with an LED, make sure that the LED is "omni-directional." This means that light is dispersed in every direction rather than in a single direction like a spot light. Omni-directional LEDs are well-suited for fixtures where the bulb points upward, like in a floor lamp, table lamp or in wall sconces.
  • Bulbs labeled directional such as Reflector and PAR bulbs are best used in fixtures where the bulbs are best used in fixtures where the bulb points downward like ceiling fixtures and restroom vanities.
  • Only use dimmers that are compatible with LEDs. It may be necessary to replace dimming switches with ones labeled on the package as "compatible with LEDs."
  • LED bulbs can be used in fixtures that are controlled by occupancy sensors; automatically turn the lights on and off. Unlike CFL bulbs, LEDs are not affected by frequent on/off cycles.

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