LED 300 wide compressor Genesis Electrical Service Genesis Electrical ServiceYou may be thinking about changing your standard bulbs to LED bulbs. LED light bulbs are comparably more energy efficient and longer lasting, thus saving money on utility bills and replacements. While LEDs still cost a bit more than other types of bulbs, prices for today’s versions usually cost between $3 to $70, depending on quality and special features like smart technology, and come available in dynamic color ranges.

Most LED bulbs are packaged listing comparable wattage numbers, but their actual brightness is measured in lumens. Here is a guide that illustrates how much wattage an LED bulb uses to emit the same brightness as an incandescent bulb.

In addition to lumens, an LED bulb’s color temperature is listed on the package’s “Lighting Facts” label. This information is shown through a color-coded bar; the orange-colored end represents “warm” temperatures, and the blue-colored end represents “cool” temperatures. An arrow indicator falls somewhere between the two points, displaying on the color temperature of the specific bulb. For the best results, choose bulbs with a color temperature that corresponds with the specific lighting needs in your home:

Dimmable bulbs allow the user to adjust the amount of electricity to the bulb and control its brightness. Thanks to their ability to conserve energy, dimmable bulbs are a great option for those looking to save on utility bills—but not all LEDs are dimmable, so be sure to read the package before buying. Also, keep in mind dimmable bulbs only work when you have installed dimmable light switches.