New efficiency standards mean we're changing the way we light our world for the better.

Understand your options.

    Lighting choices are changing between 2012 and 2014 in favor of options that use less energy.

The Story on Lighting Legislation

Light Bulb Legislation Law

Between 2012 and 2014, standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy to meet minimum efficient standards. What does it all mean?

  • You are not required to throw out your existing bulbs.
  • Manufacturers simply can't manufacture certain bulbs as time goes on.
  • There is a range of specialty incandescent bulbs that are exceptions, including 3-ways, reflectors, appliance bulbs and some decorative options.
  • Moving forward, you'll choose from better technology like energy-efficient soft white, CFL and LED options.

What are the alternatives?

There are many no-compromise, energy-efficient options that fit your fixtures and provide the light you need.

GE energy smart<sup>®</sup> CFL Light Bulb

GE energy smart® CFLs

GE energy smart® CFLs are a common energy-efficient replacement option. With GE energy smart® bright from the start™ bulbs, there's even a CFL that achieves instant brightness the moment you flip the switch.

  • Use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • Last more than 7 years*

Compare energy costs:
► GE Energy Smart CFL vs standard incandescent bulb


GE energy-efficient soft white Light Bulb

GE energy-efficient soft white

GE energy-efficient soft white offer the closest alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs.

  • Use 28% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • Same size & shape
  • Nearly the same light output
  • Dimmable & instantly bright

► See how much you can save


GE energy smart<sup>®</sup> LED Light Bulb

GE energy smart® LEDs

GE energy smart® LEDs provide a highly energy-efficient and long-lasting lighting solution.

  • Last up to 22 years*
  • Use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs

* Based on three (3) hours use per day.
These bulbs use less energy but some provide less brightness. See package for details.


Transforming the Global Lighting Industry

Maryrose Sylvester - President & CEO, GE Lighting


A message from
Maryrose Sylvester
President & CEO

GE Lighting

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A Small Change That Delivers Big Change

Energy-Efficient Light Bulb

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, lighting eats up to 20% of the average household energy bill. That means changing a light could save us $40 billion in energy from 2012 to 2030*.

*Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy