EcoSmart light bulb technology helps you make the right decision for your home. Upgrading from incandescent light bulbs to either LED light bulbs, LED downlights, or compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs not only can lessen the environmental impact, but also save you money in the long term, while providing the same great lighting experience.
LED, or light-emitting diodes, produce light when electrons -- excited by the flow of current -- release energy in the form of light photons inside the diode. Up to 85% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, they last 25-30 years. These dimmable bulbs are ideal for hard-to-reach places or areas where you’ll leave the light on for a long time. They contain no hazardous materials.
CFL’s, or compact fluorescent lamps, emit light when electricity excites the mix of gases inside the bulb, creating invisible high-energy, ultra-violet light, which is absorbed by the bulb’s fluorescent coating and transformed into visible light. Up to 75 more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, they last 7 – 10 years. These bulbs -- which can be recycled at most Home Depot stores -- are ideal when you need the most light without exceeding the maximum-rated wattage for a fixture in high-use areas.