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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 Katherine January 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I do have some ceiling fans with lights, but have been able to find bulbs for them. I would like to try LEDs.

2 Jennifer January 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

We don't have any fixtures that call for unusual bulbs. Definitely would love to win a Home Depot gift card though, love home improvement stores and all the inspiration and ideas they have to offer!

3 Sara Trice January 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I had to buy some globes for the bathroom fixture and Home Depot did in fact have them! We've definitely seen power savings since switching to energy saving bulbs, but there's still plenty to do on the house - would love to win!

4 Amy January 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I have an usual kitchen lightbulb. It looks like a round halo!

5 Melissa A. January 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I have an unusaul sized light bulb for our light above our dining room table, fortunately I found one on Home Depot's website that looks like it will fit.

6 Ally January 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I have some unusual lights in our bathroom, but have been able to find them at HOme Depot.

7 Donna Conzett January 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Yes, I have several lamps that call for unusual lights.

8 Michelle January 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm

We have several specialty fixtures in the house that CFL bulbs don't fit into. It is getting hard to find bulbs for these lights, and surprisingly to appears that does have LED bulbs to fit. Too bad they are so expensive....we'll have to save up for them!

9 Melissa January 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My ceiling fan light fixture calls for a unique bulb and has a small socket. I wasnt able to find it on the website but I plan to check in the store.

10 Nancy January 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Our floodlights were installed so long ago we weren't even sure what size they were. We had to take them apart to get the bulb out! Buying replacements was certainly easier!

11 lydia rose January 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

We have a few that require an unusual size bulb in our house.

12 Rona January 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

My kitchen fixture has halo shaped bulbs and I bought it at Home Depot as well as the bulbs. I always find what I am looking for there when I can't find it else where.

13 Paula January 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I don't have a fixture that calls for an unusual size light bulb. I just recently began replacing my light bulbs with the LED lights. I am doing a room at a time since they are so expensive and would love to win a $50.00 Home Depot card so I can replace more!

14 Yvonne January 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I have my all my lighting fixtures that need to be changed out. WIth these I can replace them all. Yeah. THanks Tara..

15 Erin Walsh January 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I don't think I have any unusual light fixtures, they all take regular light bulbs. But I didn't realize that there was a color choice in LED bulbs. Something more to start reading up about before I start making a change.


16 KimH January 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Our lights are all pretty standard... When I started bringing home unconventional light bulbs, no one liked them much, but they've gotten used to them and changed their tune... especially after looking at lighting costs!

17 Amanda January 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I can't think of any fixtures in my house that call for unusual light bulbs, but after last week I am considering switching to LED in the future.

18 Shannon January 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Love the Race Carts! ADORABLE!
Thanks for the info too!

19 sarah January 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I have a little lamp in my son's room that has an unusual size light bulb in it. Haven't checked Home Depot yet for LED's for it, however, I appreciate the LED info so I can change it out!

20 Mari January 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

We don't have any odd sized bulbs in our home. Would love a chance to win, though!

21 karen January 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

My bathroom fixture uses a different size bulb and of course Home Depot has them. Don't they have everything !?! :)

thanks for the giveaway!

22 Tracey January 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

We don't have any fixtures that call for unusual bulbs in our home. But, I'd still love to win the gift card. I'm slowly but surely changing out our bulbs. Thanks for the giveaway!

23 valorie January 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

The only unusal ones are in some of my hanging light fixtures in my hallwaysand yes I can find them at Home depot

24 Sonya January 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

My husband has been wanting to convert to LED!

25 Erica Best January 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

i have a 3 way lamp they i need led lighting.

26 M J Knudsen January 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I don't have any unusual light bulbs but would love to win and replace my outside fixtures with LED lights.

27 Jana January 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Our light bulbs are pretty standard. Our dining room fixture has a special center bulb socket, but the bulb creates too much heat, so we just leave it out.

28 Bob January 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Please enter me! LED lights are the best!

29 Karla January 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I have some globe lights that I would like LED lights for.

30 Shellie January 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

We found them for our dimmer switch!! (Yea- were retro with the dimmer!)

31 A.A. January 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I use Led bulbs--recently I replaced a night light bulb in a salt lamp. When I used it, the lamp was green, so I wondered if it was fracturing the light to produce green. When I looked on the purchased label, it was GREEN. Read carefully and enjoy the savings!!!

32 Christina Burrell January 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

HD always has the right LED bulbs that we need! Would love to win!

33 Christina Burrell January 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

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34 Mark Conrad January 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

LEDs are great! I am switching them all.

35 Jamie Yonash January 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I do have some ceiling fans with unusual bulbs, but so far I have been able to find what I need.

36 Virginia January 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

All my lights take standard bubls.

37 Adina January 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

i have a small enclosed fixture that cannot fit anything but the regular old lightbulbs...

38 rachel b. January 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

yes, we have several 'hollywood mirror lights' that have big round light bulbs that i've never seen in an LCD version. Plus we have some florescent lights in the garage that burn out often...would be nice to find a good alternative. And right now we're updating our bathroom so the gift card would be VERY appreciated.

39 Jennifer C January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I have been able to find all my lightbulbs so far. I would love the home depot gift card.

40 Celeste January 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

We are trying to buy a house so will be needing some new sizes soon. Hopefully, they will carry them.

41 Amanda Y. January 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I haven't found any replacement bulb to fit in our fan/light combo in our bedroom--I just keep hoping it doesn't go out. I am so excited about LEDs so they are energy efficient but not mercury laden!

42 Nicole H January 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I have a lot of odd shaped light bulbs. Many of which can be found at Home Depot, all thought I am not sure if they are available in LED. I am all for checking that out though and being more energy efficient and would love to win a GC to help.

43 Angelina January 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I have light bulbs in my ceiling fan that are impossible to find, let alone in LED. Would love to see them in LED though.

44 Kristin M January 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Love these lightbulbs and saving money even more!

45 Ann January 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love that they don't have mercury! I have broken 2 of the compact bulbs and cleaning them up is a hassle and dangerous for the kids.

46 Alicia January 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

ceiling fans

47 Lani C January 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm

We don't have any unusual shaped bulbs, but would love to try these!

48 Lori Hollis January 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I don't have any unusal lightbulbs but I would love to win! Homedepot is great,thanks for the chance !

49 suzie January 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

All of our lights appear to take standard size. Haven't had trouble finding them.

50 Sarah M. January 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm

We have some funky fixtures in our china cabinet and I'd love to finds some LED lights for them.

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