Debunking Myths About All Things Lighting

Several types of bright light bulbs with debunk written on brick wall.

With less and less sunlight in the coming months, you'll be reaching for light switches a lot more often. What better time to learn the truth behind some common lighting misperceptions? Let us enlighten you, so to speak.

A child's finger pressing a light switch.    

Myth: Turning LED lighting on and off frequently reduces lifetime.

Truth: If you have toddlers in your home, you know how much fun they can have turning lights on and off. Rest assured, LED lighting is unaffected by how often it is switched on and off – unlike incandescent and fluorescent lighting, which will fail sooner.

A warm yellow kitchen with dark brown wood shelves and décor in fall colors.    

Myth: LED light bulbs only produce cold, blue light so they're not good for creating a warm ambiance.

Truth: LED light bulbs produce warm, white light and come in options with color temperatures ranging from 2,700K to 6,500K – that spectrum represents extremely warm light to temperatures comparable to daylight. GE LED light bulbs are great for creating cozy comfort and cutting your energy costs.

Close up of three shapes of light bulbs that are brightly lit.    

Myth: Energy efficient bulbs aren't as bright as traditional incandescent bulbs.

Truth: Most energy efficient light bulbs put out nearly the same amount of light (lumens), but use far less wattage (energy). Here's a brief tip to help you shop for light bulbs in today's world: think lumens instead of watts. Lumens are a measure of the amount of light emitted from a bulb and a more accurate way to describe light.

Woman in her home changing a light bulb.    

Myth: Changing one bulb doesn't make a real difference.

Truth: One bulb makes a huge impact! If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that's earned the ENERGY STAR® rating, we would save enough energy to:

  • Light 3 million homes for a year
  • save about $680 million in annual energy costs
  • Prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year (equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars)*


Close up image of a smartphone with a well-lit kitchen in the background.    

Myth: You can't use dimmers with energy efficient light bulbs.

Truth: There are plenty of dimmable CFL and LED light bulbs on the market. Check out GE LEDs that are instantly bright and dimmable. You can even dim or brighten your LED bulbs from your smartphone using the new mobile-controlled GE Link LED light bulb, enabled by the new free Wink app. Now available at