Why Globe LEDs Are Better Than Incandescents

Ai generated image of globe LED light bulbs in a vanity with a lady doing her makeup

The article has been updated with the most recent facts and figures, taking into account changes in energy consumption patterns, the broader adoption of LED lighting, updates to energy legislation and costs, along with ability to create images in seconds. This world has changed since 2014...


Based on recent data, lighting now accounts for approximately 9% of a typical home's electricity usage, a slight decrease from previous estimates of about 15% and 20% back in 2014. This reduction can be attributed to the increased adoption of energy-efficient appliances and lighting solutions, LED bulbs are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.

  • The Department of Energy highlights that the average household can save about $225 in energy costs per year by using LED lighting, indicating the significant impact of switching to more efficient lighting options.
example of globe light bulbs in a home

The type of lighting you use, the number of light fixtures in your home, and how often you use them will influence the exact percentage of your electric bill attributed to lighting. On average, lighting accounts for approximately 9% of a typical household's electricity usage. Households using incandescent bulbs and a higher number of light fixtures used for longer durations may see this percentage increase, those using LED lights and fewer fixtures for shorter periods might find it equals a smaller portion of their bill.

The shift towards LED lighting is strongly encouraged for its benefits in reducing energy consumption and costs, demonstrating the ongoing evolution in household energy use patterns and the importance of adopting more sustainable practices. We are doing a great job but we can do more.  Just 10 years again, in 2014 when I wrote this article, Lighting was 20% of a homeowners bill.

The LED Globe is particularly suited for decorative fixtures, providing directional light ideal for pendant fixtures, vanities, and any setting where globe lights were traditionally employed. With the evolution of energy regulations, including the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), the shift away from standard incandescent bulbs to LED options has accelerated, making LEDs an essential choice for energy-conscious consumers.

incandescent globe bulb

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With advancements in LED technology and energy efficiency measures, the impact of switching to energy-saving lighting in U.S. homes is even more significant today. If every American household were to replace just one traditional light bulb with an LED bulb, the energy savings would light millions of homes, save hundreds of millions in annual energy costs, and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reflecting our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

Calculating your energy savings from lighting has become easier and more beneficial with LEDs. Given the current national average energy cost $0.17 per kWh and the efficiency of modern LED bulbs, consumers will see substantial savings over the lifetime of their lighting solutions. To estimate these savings, you can use the following updated calculation, adjusting for the latest energy rates and LED bulb efficiencies:

  • {Original Bulb Wattage} - {Replacement Bulb Wattage} = {Total Wattage Saved}
  • {Total Wattage Saved} X {Average Rated Life} / 1000 ={Total Kilowatt Hours Saved Over Bulb Life}
  • {Total Kilowatt Hours Saved Over Lamp Life} X {Energy Cost Per kWh} = {Total Dollars Saved Over Life of the Bulb}

Given the dynamic nature of the energy market and technological advancements, these numbers are continually improving, showing us the value of transitioning to LED lighting solutions for both for economic and environmental benefits.

Originally published Dec. 17, 2014 and updated May 1, 2016.


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