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ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Earning the ENERGY STAR

Quality is built into ENERGY STAR guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency to give the assurance of bright, warm, long lasting lighting. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures meet strict EPA criteria for efficacy, color rendition and color temperature. Fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR are also flicker free, emit no hum, start instantly and, come with a two year warranty,which is double the industry standard.

The Environment & ENERGY STAR

The ENERGY STAR program promotes the use of less energy through 40 different product categories. By reducing the use of energy, your local utility company burns less fossil fuel which results in less pollution. If one room in every U.S. household was brightened by ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, the annual pollution savings would be equivalent to removing more than 8 million cars from the road.


ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100–watt incandescent with a 32–watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy cost over the lifetime of the bulb. Homeowners can save an estimated $60 per year by changing the most frequently used light fixtures in their home with fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR label.



ENERGY STAR lighting gives families a choice to save about one third on their energy bill without sacrificing style or fashion. ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures generally use pin-based light bulbs which are tested to last for 10,000 hours. These fixtures typically burn at less than 100º Fahrenheit. Halogen torchieres can reach up to 1000º Fahrenheit and are potential fire hazards. Approximately 90% of the energy used by an incandescent light bulb is expanded by heat, which means 10% of the electricity used is converted into light.

ENERGY STAR qualified lighting uses less energy, helps protect the environment, provides equivalent light output, is cooler to the touch and no longer sacrifices style.

Features and Benefits

  • Less Heat = reduces air conditioning costs
  • Less Energy = lower utility bills
  • Excellent color rendering (80 CRI) = colors look natural
  • "Dedicated" pin-based bulbs = longer lamp life than incandescent
  • Electronic Ballast = Flicker-free, no hum or buzz. Ballast must meet heat test criteria to avoid pre-mature failure. Must be easily replaceable.
  • 2-year warranty = customer security
  • Instant-on = customer satisfaction
  • Laboratory verified = quality control, independent third party testing.

How important is your lighting?

Your home lighting increases the ease with which you perform tasks, makes you feel safe and comfortable, and helps you create your desired atmosphere in every room. Lighting adds beauty and drama. It can make a small room look open and airy and make a large room feel cozy and inviting. Of course, it costs money to keep your home filled with light. You use more energy to light your home than run your refrigerator 24 hour a day! Choosing energy–efficient lighting can cut this energy use and these costs by two–thirds.

Less time on the ladder

High–efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified lighting only needs to be changed every 7 years on average, compared with the annual ladder climb for standard light bulbs. This means less trouble in changing the bulbs in those hard to reach fixtures.

A better choice

If every American home changed out just 5 high–use light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned ENERGY STAR, each family would save more than $60 every year on energy costs, and together we'd keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air equal to the emission of 8 million cars. That’s a $6 billion energy saving for Americans, equivalent to the output of more than 21 power plants.

Did you know?

You use more energy every year to light your home than to run your refrigerator.

Guide to CFL wattage

If you are unfamiliar with the best CFL wattage to use for your lighting needs, always refer to the lumen, or light output on the product packaging as your guide. For example,most 60–watt incandescents provide 800 lumens or more.

Use the table to become familiar with the lumen or light output range for the most popular residential incandescent bulbs.


This table illustrates the potential energy bill and bulb replacement savings that could be realized if a standard lighting package where replaced with fixture that earned the ENERGY STAR®. Because electricity rates vary from state to state, five typical rates (cost per kilowatt–hour) are provided. On average, an ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package will use 1/3 of energy used by a standard lighting package while providing equal or more light. How can I learn more? To learn more about ENERGY STAR and the Advanced Lighting Package(ALP),visit the ENERGY STAR Web site at ENERGY STAR® SAVINGS

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How can I learn more? To learn more about ENERGY STAR and the Advanced Lighting Package,visit the ENERGY STAR Web site at

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