Get the Right Light for Your Home

Save energy and money with each bulb

ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs save up to $80 in electricity costs during a bulb’s lifetime. And they last at least 15 times longer, which makes them great for hard-to-reach places.*

SMECO offers instant discounts of up to $7 at participating retailers, so you can save right away and for years to come. Choosing the Right Light Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

1. Select the Style

Use this chart to select the styles that are best suited for your fixtures.

Bulb Types

Table or Floor Lamps TABLE OR FLOOR LAMPS arrow A-SHAPE
Pendant Fixtures PENDANT FIXTURES arrow a-shape bulbA-SHAPE GLOBE MR16 CANDLE
Ceiling Fixtures CEILING FIXTURES arrow A-SHAPE CANDLE
Ceiling Fans CEILING FANS arrow A-SHAPE CANDLE
Wall Sconces WALL SCONCES arrow A-SHAPE GLOBE CANDLE
Recessed Cans RECESSED CAN arrow MR16 SPOT FLOOD
Accent Lighting ACCENT LIGHTING arrow MR16 SPOT

2. Choose the Brightness

The greater the lumens, the brighter the light. Check your energy savings by comparing the old bulb and LED wattage.

Old Bulb Wattage LED Lumens LED Wattage
40 450 6 to 9
60 800 8 to 12.5
75 1,100 13 to 15
100 1,600 16 to 20
150 2,600 25 to 28

3. Pick the Color—the K number

2700 K at warm and soft light, around 3800 K for cool and natural light, 6500 K for natural or daylight

Color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K). Lower K means warmer, yellowish light, while higher K means cooler, blue light.

Warm White, Soft White; Standard color of incandescent bulbs. Lower K, around 2700.

2700 K for warm and soft light

Cool White, Natural White; Good for kitchens and work spaces. Around 3800 K.

around 3800 K for cool and natural light

Natural or Daylight (think blue sky at noon); Good for reading. Higher K, around 6500.

6500 K for natural or daylight

Additional Resources

EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate.

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