How to Replace an Incandescent Bulb with an LED

LED, or Light Emitting Diode light bulbs offer energy savings over other readily available light bulb types. Though the cost of a typical LED light bulb is often 10 or 20 times greater than that of a standard incandescent light bulb, the longevity of LED bulbs results in significant savings over an extended period of time.

Replacing an Incandescent Bulb with an LED

  1. Determine the wattage of the incandescent bulb to be replaced. You will find this information on the package. If you cannot locate the original packaging, check on the side of the bulb. If you are unable to find this information on either the packaging or the side of the bulb, consult the manufacturer.

  2. Determine the lumens output of the incandescent bulb. The lumens measurement determines the brightness output of your bulb. If the light bulb in question is a newer bulb, this information will be included in the packaging. If this information is not available on either the packaging or on the side of the light bulb, consult the manufacturer.

  3. Compare the wattage and lumens output and determine the type of bulb you would like to have as a replacement. An LED bulb will have a significantly lower wattage for a comparable lumens output. Be aware that LED bulbs typically have a lower lumens output than incandescent bulbs. A typical LED light bulb for household purposes costs between $50 and $70.

  4. Install the light bulb and check the brightness and lighting quality. LED light bulbs produce a different quality of light than incandescent light bulbs. The light is described as sharper and more direct. Determine whether you need to adjust the lighting.

  5. Adjust lighting as necessary with the addition of lampshades if possible. If you do not find standard LED light bulbs fit your lighting needs, you should purchase frosted bulbs. Frosted LED bulbs shine without the same level of sharpness as standard LED bulbs.

About the Author

Corey Hill is a writer and political activist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began writing professionally in 2003 and has published articles in "The Alameda Sun," "Drink Me Magazine," "Common Ground Magazine," Alternet and "The East Bay Express."