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Shopping for LED Light Bulbs + Win a $50 The Home Depot GC!

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 20, 2011 · 397 comments

I asked you all last week what your favorite benefit of LED light bulbs is, and I think it's pretty safe to say that the longevity of them came in first. But the facts that they're mercury-free, glass-free, don't give off heat, and use far less electricity were all mentioned repeatedly as well. And check out those savings pictured above!

These were all benefits that I was also excited about, so I was really looking forward to shopping at The Home Depot to check out the selection and learn more from an expert. They provided me with some tips to review before we went shopping.

Shopping for LED light bulbs:

  • Identify Your Fixture Type: With so many bulbs to choose from, it's important to educate yourself about your fixture and lighting needs before you make a purchase. Light fixtures can dramatically alter the look of a room, so be aware of where shadows will fall and how that will affect the atmosphere. To ensure safety, and the maximum life of your bulb, review the information on the package to be sure you have selected the correct bulb shape for your light fixture.
  • Choose Your Desired Brightness: Watts, a measurement of power, is a common way traditional light bulbs are identified (ex: 60-watt, 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs). Since CFL and LED bulbs use less energy than traditional bulbs, be sure to look at the measurement of light output, known as lumens, instead of watts to select the right bulb.
  • Understanding Color Temperature and Intensity: When selecting an LED light, choose a color of light that suits the mood and activity taking place in your room.

With these tips in mind, we made a quick tour of our downstairs fixtures to assess our lighting needs and then headed out to The Home Depot. Upon our arrival we first had to grab one of the infamous Home Depot race car carts of course...

And then we were met by EJ, our local Home Depot Master Trade Specialist. He was extremely knowledgeable about the LED light bulbs and also shared a number of other tips for decreasing the energy consumption in our home. I never knew there was such a thing as a water heater timer! Definitely something we need to check out further.

I was impressed at the large selection of light bulbs carried by our local store. We have a few fixtures that call for some unusual sized bulbs, but The Home Depot has an even larger selection of LED light bulbs online.

EJ made finding the LED light bulbs we needed a snap, and we filled our cart and checked out in record time. The real challenge was prying the kiddos our of their hot rod to head home.

Next week I'll share the installation process and hopefully whether we've been able to see any savings on our electric bill. But in the meantime, you can win a $50 gift card to The Home Depot!

To enter: Just leave a comment! Do you have any lighting fixtures that call for an unusual size light bulb or wattage? If so, were you able to find a suitable LED light bulb on

This giveaway will close at noon EST on 1/21/11.

The Home Depot works with bloggers such as myself to conduct product reviews. They do not tell bloggers what to say about their products or how to say it. THD fundamentally believes that people should be free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot often provides product – free of charge – to bloggers for review as they did for this post. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


1 mary c. January 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

i need a led for my porch light.

2 Emily January 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I think all of the light fixtures in my house are of standard size.

3 Mrs. Bivins January 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Our ceiling fans have unusual size bulbs, but no match for HD online! Looking forward to slowly purchasing these and phasing out the standard bulbs in our entire house...

4 Susanne January 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

We want to switch to LED...we started with the Christmas lights and we liked it.

5 gala January 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm

we have some unusual size bulbs, and thanks to your post I know where to find them now

6 Erika January 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

We don't have any unusual sized lightbulbs.

7 john January 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

All of the light fixtures in my house are of standard size but still thanks for info

8 Marlena U. January 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

A giveaway that my husband would love me for...hoping I can win this for him!

9 Tara L January 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I don't have any unsual light bulbs, but would love to win the GC. Thanks

10 Amy January 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

All of our light bulbs are standard size, but I would like to check out the LED options.

11 melissa t January 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

all mine are standard, i would love to replace with led!

12 Jennifer January 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

We have a lighting fixture that we haven't been able to find CFLs for. I might have to look at these and see if any would be the right type/fit.

13 andrea January 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

We have standard size!

14 Sandra U. January 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

We have switched over all our light bulbs. Most of mine are the standard size.

15 Kaylan January 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

We've been on a hunt for good, 3-way LED bulbs. Thanks for the tips!

16 Beverly January 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

We have some very small bulbs, but I wasn't able to find a substitute on here.

17 Hollie January 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Have not moved to LED bulbs yet, still have plenty of the old ones left.

18 Tiana January 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Most of our light bulbs are switched.

19 Sonia January 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Great idea

20 shelly January 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

The house I currently live in every light bulb that was put it is energy efficient, it's also nice they they are on timers. If no movement for 15min...which is a long time, they shut off.

21 Mary H January 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

We have a recessed light in our kitchen that would probably benefit from an LED, not to mention all of our other regular bulbs. Like that it doesn't have mercury.

22 Darrin January 21, 2011 at 12:20 am

No unusual sizes

23 Michelle January 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

Thankfully, our lighting is standard but we're more than ready to transition to LED lighting. Thanks for taking the time to educate us!

24 Terri January 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

Haven't made the switch yet, but will be looking into slowly phasing out the current bulbs with LED. I would also love to find out more about the water heater timer. That sounds really great!

25 Misty January 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

Are the LEDs a "brighter" light than then CLFs are?

26 Nancy January 21, 2011 at 1:08 am

I love the LED flashlights for up close work, but the light dissipates too much for seeing off into the distance. Is this a problem for illuminating a room?

27 Rick January 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

Are you still able to buy the old fashioned bulbs? Or have they been banned yet? LEDs look intriguing.

28 deanna January 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

new light bulbs are on my shopping list!

29 coffee January 21, 2011 at 1:41 am

all of my light bulbs are standard size, and i have noticed a significant decrease in my bill since converting.

30 Lesli January 21, 2011 at 1:58 am

I need this for my awkward light in my stairway.

31 Courtney W January 21, 2011 at 2:03 am

We have a fixture that takes an E12. The only place we could get it was Ikea=(

32 Jill H. January 21, 2011 at 2:04 am

no unusual fixtures, but I do plan to phase in LED's over the incandesent and CFL's that I have now.

33 Tina W January 21, 2011 at 3:39 am

I too have fallen prey to the "Ikea trap" - cute lamps cheap, but you can't find the bulbs anywhere else! Almost everything in our house now is CFL, I would like to start switching to LED (especially since I love my LED flashlights!!!)

34 Diana B January 21, 2011 at 6:15 am

We don't have any unusual light fixtures, thank goodness.

35 Robert January 21, 2011 at 6:41 am

I visited Home Depot Recently to look at LED lights. The most important fact was t hat some can be used in a dimmer if needed. I was looking to replace a chandelier which had 5 regular bulbs on a dimmer. The only issue is that the bulbs I have point UP. This being the case, I could not do LEDs because LEDs do not spread light from every angle of the bulb like regular bulbs or CFLs do. Perhaps the technology will change for the better in the near future. Otherwise I may need to buy a new chandelier because at 5 bulbs at 60watts each, it is using a lot of electricity and the light output isnt even that great. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has had similar problems and found solutions.

36 TIM January 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

We have some small bulbs in a bathroom light, but I wasn't able to find a substitute on here.

37 Karen January 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

I think all of our light fixtures fit the standard fixtures.

38 Nancy January 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

We have a small light fixture that takes special small bulbs that I have not found the LEDs for yet, but otherwise, we have pretty much transitioned as our current rental house!

39 Veronica January 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

We are trying our best to change to LED!

40 Elizabeth January 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

I didn't know led lights were available for household use. I will be checking out Home Depot.

41 Robin January 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

I have a ceiling fan that uses candelabra light bulbs. I had no idea that these were available in LED until I saw your post and found them on Thanks.

42 Julie C January 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

ceiling fan are odd sized!

43 Crissy January 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

Our lights have all standard fixtures. We've been talking about making the switch, but haven't yet due to the cost involved. Our HD doesn't have those cool race carts! I wish they would get some. It would make HD trips with my 2 year old son less rushed!

44 CWALTZ January 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

We have standard fixtures except for our porch lights. I love the fact that LEDs are mercury free. We have CFLs and I always worry that they're gonna get broken.

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45 Gayle January 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

We have a hall light that is a pain to change I'm replacing it with one of these and look forward to not having to get out the ladder!

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