Why Are Some LED Bulbs ENERGY STAR and Some Are Not?

We get many customers calling us year round asking which LED bulbs we carry are ENERGY STAR qualified mainly because the rebates they want to qualify and apply to require the LED lights they buy are ENERGY STAR (or DLC for LED fixtures). So why are some LED bulbs carry the ENERGY STAR logo on the box while some don't? Let me explain. ENERGY STAR is a testing organization for electronic products; from your dish washer to even LED light bulbs. They basically test products that want to have the logo on the product and box so that it shows consumers this product meets their guidelines in order for them to promote the benefits. But, how many of us actually know what those requirements are for each product you buy that bears the logo? For example, in LED light bulbs, in order for a regular shape A19 bulb that is a 60 watt equivalent to bear the ENERGY STAR mark, it must have at least 800 lumens and be rated for 25,000 hours. But here's where some strange things happen. You see, the same A19 LED bulb may have different colour temperature variations, like 2700K, 3000K, 4100K and 5000K. For some customers who want an ENERGY STAR bulb, they will find that only the 2700K and 3000K bulbs are ENERGY STAR and the other 4100K and 5000K are not. But some manufactured 5000K are ENERGY STAR qualified, so the difficult part is finding one.

Is It Safe To Buy Non-ENERGY STAR Qualified Bulbs?

Of course it is. But, do your research and make sure you are buying bulbs that meet quality standards. Here at LEDsPlus.com, we only carry commercial-grade quality LED bulbs which means they are actually rated for 24 hours of use per day, compared to the residential grade ENERGY STAR bulbs that are only rated for 3 hours of use per day.

How Do I Know If One of Your LED Bulbs is ENERGY STAR Qualified?

All products on our online store will bear the ENERGY STAR logo and will state that it is ENERGY STAR qualified in the specifications table. If you're unsure or would like clarification on a specific product, contact any of our LED Experts by calling toll free 1.888.717.4587 or contact us by email.