What is ENERGY STAR®?

ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Under EPA’s leadership, American consumers, businesses, and organizations have made investments in energy efficiency that are transforming the market for efficient products and practices, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy. Now in its 20th year, the ENERGY STAR® program has boosted the adoption of energy efficient products, practices, and services through valuable partnerships, objective measurement tools, and consumer education.

Not all LED are equal

Why should I choose ENERGY STAR® certified LED lighting products?

There are more lighting options available today than ever before. Despite that, ENERGY STAR® is still the simple choice to save on your utility bills.

Light DistributionLED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR® are subject to very specific requirements designed to replicate the experience you are used to with a standard bulb—so they can be used for a wide variety of applications. As the graphic on the right demonstrates, a general purpose LED bulb that does not qualify for the ENERGY STAR® may not distribute light everywhere and could prove to be a disappointment if used in a table lamp.

ENERGY STAR® means high quality and performance, particularly in the following areas:

Color Quality

  • 5 different requirements for color to ensure quality up front and over time

Light Output

  • Light output minimums to ensure you get enough light
  • Light distribution requirements to ensure the light goes where you need it
  • Guidelines for equivalency claims to take the guess-work out of replacement

Peace of mind

  • Verified compliance with more than 20 requirements to address performance and labeling
  • Long-term testing to back up lifetime claims
  • Testing to stress the products in operating environments similar to how you will use the product in your home
  • 3-year minimum warranty requirement
  • And as with all ENERGY STAR® products, certified LED bulbs are subject to random testing every year to ensure they continue to meet the ENERGY STAR® requirements.

For more information on ENERGY STAR®, please visit www.energystar.gov.