5 things to think about before buying LED bulbs

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Before you head to the store, learn about the specs to look out for when buying LED bulbs.


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If you haven’t switched to LED bulbs, now is the time. The reasons why are compelling. For starters, LED bulbs last much longer than incandescent bulbs, and they put out the same amount of light using significantly less energy. That’s great for the environment, and it can save you lots of money in the long-term on your electricity bill. 

If you’re smart home-inclined, LEDs open the door to all sorts of interesting and worthwhile features, including bulbs that change colors and bulbs that sync with your security system or voice assistant of choice. Besides, many incandescent bulbs — including the 100-watt incandescent — are being phased out, so you’ll need to make the switch eventually, anyway.

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