For the past 15 years, I have heard rumors that incandescent lighting and select fluorescents will be banned in America. On April 27th, 2022 President Biden made one of those rumors reality. July of 2023 will be the last month Incandescent light bulbs that produce less than 45 lumens per watt can be sold and purchased in the USA. It’s time to say Goodbye to an old friend and learn how to replace your incandescent lighting with LED. This will reduce electricity use, save you money and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

 If you are ready to switch to LED then I encourage you to keep reading. Buying an incandescent 60-watt light bulb, incandescent 65-watt BR30 for recessed cans or incandescent chandelier bulbs used to be easy. Buying LEDs is not so easy. You need to consider lumens, kelvin, shape, application, and life hours. Notice how I did NOT mention watts… Watts only matter on the electric bill.


If you, my friend would like to learn and shop for yourself, I’m impressed. When I’m shopping for something new I always appreciate help from an expert, but I also hate shopping and I’m not the brightest bulb, I need lots of help, just ask my wife. Keep reading, and gain a better understanding of the lighting industry and how to switch incandescent light bulbs to LED.



The light bulb changed everything…



Light bulbs… light was the very first product to change the way we live and work. On the first 15th of the year 1925 General Electric, Sylvania, Associated Electrical Industries, Philips, and others met in Switzerland. Together they created a corporation that became known as The Phoebus Cartel. The cartel put in writing that if light bulbs lasted more than 3,000 hours the company that manufactured the incandescent would be severely fined. The original Thomas Edison light bulb lasted 1500 hours. The 1990 GE, Sylvania, and Phillips incandescent light bulbs lasted 1500 hours. The 2020 Smelly Feit incandescents lasted 1500 hours.


The Phoebus Cartel was formed to control the life hours of a product and create worldwide territories forcing consumers to buy bad light bulbs, controlling where and how consumers could purchase light bulbs used in every business and every home across the country. Google it, this happened.


Other lighting companies like Shelby Electric began making long-life light bulbs, in the USA. One of the Shelby Electric incandescents was gifted to a California firehouse in 1901. This bulb has been burning for over 1 million hours and 120 years. You have never been able to purchase a Shelby Incandescent because The Phoebus Cartel used money and power to shut them down. 



Thomas Edison did not invent the incandescent light bulb.


Electric light existed for 50 years & it was Humphrey Davy that discovered the secret to creating sustainable light, a carbon filament. Joseph Swan improved upon Humphrey Davy’s work & obtained the first incandescent light bulb patent one year earlier than Thomas Edison. Edison obtained his patent with an identical bulb to Swan’s. The United States Patent office ruled Thomas Edison’s patents to be invalid because another thief, William Sawyer, filed a patent for an identical bulb prior to Edison’s submission.  So Davy invented the incandescent light bulb and Swan is the true patent holder.


Edison invented planned obsolescence and a way to make a fortune selling the light bulb. Davy died poor. Planned obsolescence is when a company purposefully manufactures a product to fail and light bulb companies are the original Godfathers of Planned Obsolescence. This is the first product in America that was manufactured with a planned life span and fragile design. With incandescent light bulbs, these major corporations stole, cheated, and deceived your ancestors. They are doing the same thing to YOU with LED, and they will continue this trend when your children need to spend their money replacing light bulbs.





Incandescent light bulbs burn out left, and right. They don’t last very long. Seriously, there may be more burnouts on your property than at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in 1970s San Francisco. And my brother lives down the street from that corner. If you are tired of walking through your business or home and seeing bad light bulbs or light bulbs that are different colors; then you give a f#@k and switching to LED will make a difference?


GoodBulb has the absolute best-LED bulbs. Light bulbs which have become a favorite option for commercial and industrial businesses everywhere because GoodBulb lasts a long freaking time. They will reduce energy and maintenance costs while providing a quality of light that is superior to incandescent. Your electric bill and time spent changing light bulbs will be minimal. The improvement in light quality is what everyone will see and the burnouts will stay out of your business, let them stay in San Francisco, my brother loves it out there.



Step 1.


Where is the bulb being installed and what are you replacing? What type of LED will you need? With LED we have the technology to manufacture products designed specifically for the application. You don’t want to use an LED that is designed for indoor use in a wet location or a 277-volt socket.


  • Extreme Conditions (shock, vibration, hot, cold)
  • Wet Locations
  • Indoors or Outdoors
  • 120 or 277 volt

Is the quality of light going to be important? CRI (color rendering index) applies to every LED, and determines the quality of the color of light. An incandescent color of light is 2700 kelvin. An LED that is 2700 Kelvin and 92 CRI will look much nicer than an LED that is 2700 Kelvin and 80 CRI. The majority of LEDs sold in box stores are 80 CRI, this is a cheaper product but the average customer has no idea. The light produced from an LED is different from than light produced by an incandescent, halogen, or CFL.


Is the LED going to be installed in a recessed can, desk lamp, chandelier, post light, wall sconce, ceiling mount fixture, wall pack, etc…? This information makes a difference and helps us select the perfect shape LED.


Step 2.

Lumens (the amount of light)

When switching from incandescent to LED convert your thinking from watts to lumens. Scroll up and look at the fantastic Watts vs Lumens image showing how many lumens are needed to match your old incandescent. For example… If you want LEDs that are equal to a 100-watt incandescent then you need LEDs that are 1600 Lumens. We have similar charts for halogen, CFLs, and HIDs.


Step 3.

Kelvin (the color of light)

An incandescent is 2700 Kelvin. LED gives us the power to select the perfect color of light for each application. The light produced by an LED is different than an incandescent. The colors of your paint, woodwork, and window placement can change the way our eyes perceive the color of light.


If you have two light bulbs and they are side by side. They are equal lumens (giving off the exact same amount of light). The bulb with the higher Kelvin temperature will appear brighter to the human eye.



Use the links below to replace your incandescent light bulbs with LED: If you took the time to read this fantastic blog, I want to say Thank You. I hope you learned a few things, and if purchase your LEDs from another company… Send me a thank you card, share this blog, help a small business out, and let your friends know about GoodBulb. I’ll try not to roll my eyes and say WTF man… really…


  • Replace a 150 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 2800 lumens.
  • Replace a 100 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 1600 lumens.
  • Replace a 75 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 1200 lumens.
  • Replace a 60 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 800 lumens.
  • Replace a 40 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 500 lumens.

We recommend speaking with a lighting specialist before investing in LED, returns kinda suck and I would love to get your order right the first time around.

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