How to Replace Regular Bulbs With LED

Since their development by Thomas Edison, incandescent light bulbs have been the dominant type used in most households.

A modern LED bulb with clustered LEDs and a standard A modern LED bulb with clustered LEDs and a standard "Edison" base.
They are reliable, easy to acquire and relatively cheap. However, incandescent bulbs are not energy-efficient and have relatively short lifespans. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs have a lifespan nearly 40 times longer, and on a per-lumen basis, consume about 90 percent less energy. If you have decided to replace your standard-base incandescent bulbs with LEDs, the task can be completed in just a few minutes.

Acquire a quantity of LED bulbs with standard bases. A number of Internet-based merchants and some electrical supply houses stock and sell these items. They can also be found at some "big-box" retailers.

Remove the existing incandescent bulbs from light fixtures where you plan to install the replacement LED bulbs. Set them aside; you may be able to use them in other fixtures until they, too, require replacement.

Install the replacement LED bulbs in the lamp/fixture sockets where you removed the incandescent bulbs.

Turn on the lamp or fixture to ensure the LED bulb works properly.

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Rich Finzer earned his boating license in 1960 and started his writing career in 1969. His writing has appeared in "Northern Breezes," "Southwinds," "Living Aboard," "Good Old Boat," "Latitudes & Attitudes," "Small Craft Advisor," "Life in the Finger Lakes," "BackHome" and "Dollar Stretcher" magazines. His maple syrup has won awards in competition. Rich has a Bachelor of Science in communications from Ithaca College.