Not all LED bulbs and fixtures are created equally. Quality and cost vary significantly, and you often get what you pay for. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most bang for your buck:
- Read the packaging to make sure you’re using the LED for its designed purpose. Otherwise, it could fail early.
- Look for the blue ENERGY STAR® logo on your LED packaging. ENERGY STAR certified products are tested for quality, performance, and long life.
- If your dimmable LED bulb flickers when you use a dimmer switch, the switch may not be LED-compatible. Be sure to check the information on the dimmer package before you buy.
- If you’re using your LED outside, look at the minimum operating temperature to make sure it’s suitable for our harsh winters.
Even if you follow these instructions, there’s a slight chance that your LED could be faulty and fail early. Luckily, ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs and fixtures come with a minimum 3-year warranty, so hang on to your receipts in case you need a replacement.
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