Lighting plays a crucial role in our daily lives, providing illumination and creating ambiance in our homes and workplaces. For the first time in the history of lighting, the most common light bulbs that businesses and homes use, are becoming obsolete. As a consumer of light bulbs, buying LED is not easy. The good news is that there is an LED option for over 90% of the applications that use incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, CFL, metal halide, high pressure sodium, and induction lighting. Each technology has always based its efficiency in comparison to an incandescent. As technology advanced, people transitioned to energy-efficient lighting options, with LED bulbs taking the spotlight. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. 

Here’s how you can enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency, cost savings, and long-lasting illumination with lighting and GoodBulb LEDs.

Evaluate your current lighting needsStart by evaluating your current lighting requirements and identifying the areas where you are using light bulbs and want to replace with LED alternatives. Take note of the bulb types (e.g., A19, BR30, PAR20) and the wattage of the existing bulbs. If you don’t know the light bulb type, then take a picture and we will know what you are using.  Take not of what happens in each space and determine if this is an area where you would prefer a warmer softer light or a brighter white light.  If you don’t have dimmer switches, then you should also decide on how much light will be needed to properly light the space. If you have dimmers, take note of the make, model, and year for many are not compatible with LED.Determine the best LED bulb: LED bulbs come in thousands of shapes, sizes, and color temperatures to suit different lighting needs. Consider the purpose of each lighting fixture and choose the LED bulb with the appropriate brightness and color temperature to achieve the desired lighting effect. Pay attention to the lumen output, which indicates the brightness level, and select a bulb with a similar output to your existing bulbs if you don’t want to change your light output. A lumen master at GoodBulb will walk you through this process, providing options so you can make an educated choice. We will also check compatibility before your purchase, a lighting expert will ensure that the LED bulbs work with your existing fixtures, they will find the right bulb for your application. LED bulbs are designed to fit all standard sockets, but it's essential to check the bulb's base type (e.g., screw-in E26, GU10 pin-base), shape (e.g., A19, A21, MR16, ED17) and size (e.g., 4 inches, 20 inches) to ensure a proper fit.Install your new LEDs: Please turn of your lights.  We don’t want power going to the socket when you are changing light bulbs. If you must climb a ladder, please be careful and use the buddy system, or pay one of your neighborhood teenagers to do the work.  They would love to make some money.  If you need to bypass a ballast, there are some great you tube videos, and we can provide instruction manuals.  If electricity makes you nervous, then call an electrician. Calculate energy and cost savings: LED bulbs are known for their energy efficiency, which translates into significant cost savings over time. Calculate the potential energy and cost savings by comparing the wattage of your current bulbs with the wattage of the LED bulbs you intend to purchase. Multiply the wattage difference by the number of hours the bulbs are used annually and multiply that by your electricity rate to estimate your annual savings. You will see savings on your electric bill since you AC won’t need to work as hard.  The older technology bulbs generated a lot of heat.  Bonus savings… You won’t be buying nor changing nearly as many bulbs.  One LED can last 25 to 50 times longer than incandescent. 

Dispose of old bulbs responsibly: Dispose of your old bulbs properly. Most of them contain hazardous materials, check local recycling programs or electronic waste collection centers for proper disposal methods. GoodBulb also offers a recycling program for all our customers.  If you purchase a GoodBulb LED, we also provide free shipping at the end of a bulb’s life, so we can guarantee the bulb is recycled properly. 

Make the switch to LED and light up your space with an eco-friendly and efficient lighting solutions from GoodBulb. To send us your lighting schedule or contact us about the best LED for your home or business, get a hold of a Lumen Master expert.