ENERGY STAR Lighting
Switching to energy-efficient lighting is easy.
To make it easy and affordable, we team up with retailers and manufacturers to offer discount prices on many types of ENERGY STAR®-certified lighting products.
Did you know that energy-efficient LED lighting uses up to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lighting, yet provides the same amount of light? Switching to energy-saving ENERGY STAR-certified light bulbs and fixtures is a cost-effective way to save money and energy and do your part for the environment. You’ll enjoy great light quality and the convenience of bulbs that last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a product must meet strict energy efficiency standards. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, created to promote energy-efficient products and energy-saving practices.
Finding Energy-Efficient Lighting Products is Easy
We've worked with retailers and manufacturers to promote and discount ENERGY STAR-certified lighting products for a number of years. Today most home improvement stores, major grocery stores, lighting stores, large discount department stores and warehouse stores, throughout Connecticut, carry a range of ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and fixtures. So, finding the right energy-efficient lighting product for your home is easy. And when you purchase an ENERGY STAR-certified lighting product from a participating retailer, the cost has already been discounted.
Just look for the blue ENERGY STAR label and the Energize Connecticut display at participating retailers, when you shop.
UI customers can also purchase discounted lighting products through the online SmartLiving™ Catalog.
ENERGY STAR Certified Light Fixtures and Bulbs
You’ll find ENERGY STAR-certified fixtures at local retailers in an array of styles to fit your decor.
Energy-efficient light bulbs have come a long way since the first “twisty” compact fluorescent bulbs. Today you’ll find an energy-saving bulb for nearly every application in your home. When you shop for bulbs, think about the fixture it will go in, the light output, and color you need for the mood you want to achieve.
Most people prefer soft, warm light in bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and rooms with warm paint tones. In work spaces, garages, rooms with cooler paint tones and outdoors, you may prefer cooler white light. ENERGY STAR-certified bulbs are available in a range of tones – warm to cool white – and brightness levels. See the product packaging or visit Lighting Facts for details.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting and are the latest in energy-efficient lighting technology.
Most of us are familiar with LEDs from our electronics. We see them everywhere, telling us the equipment is on. Recent advances have made LED bulbs available for our homes. The bulbs – made with many small LEDs grouped in clusters – look similar to traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED technology is advancing rapidly, and many new bulb styles are available. ENERGY STAR certified LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 years. LEDs also provide excellent color quality, dimming capability and turn on instantly. They are currently more expensive than other energy-efficient bulbs, but the cost is decreasing each year as the manufacturing technology continues to improve.
Most CFLs no longer meet ENERGY STAR certification requirements.
CFLs need to be recycled at designated collection locations. CFL recycling can be found at retailers such as The Home Depot, Lowes and IKEA. For recycling information Connecticut residents can find state-specific information for hazardous waste collection, recycling, mercury content and basic information related to CFLs by visiting the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website or by calling 860.424.3000. For the most up-to-date information on CFL disposal and clean-up, visit epa.gov/cflcleanup.