When you’re looking for LED light bulbs, it’s not always best to just search for a cheap LED light bulb. You also want to look for good quality LED bulbs. Have you wondered how to pick out the best energy-saving or low wattage bulb or how to get LED light bulb info? Today, the best choice for energy-saving bulbs is LED. Choosing the right LED bulb can be a daunting task, especially if you are trying to fit it into a specific fixture or a recessed can. I’ve tried to include useful LED light bulb information to make it easier. This is a guide to finding LED indoor light bulbs. First, let me explain how light bulbs are measured. Light bulbs are measured in 1/8’s of an inch. For example, a standard BR40 flood bulb that would go in a kitchen, bathroom, or living room standard 6 inch recessed can is 40/8th’s of an inch, or 5 inches across the face of the bulb.
Choosing LED Flood Lights
This is a BR40. It is a large, smooth bulb with a standard, medium base pictured here:
When you choose an LED bulb to replace this incandescent flood bulb, you can just choose an LED indoor flood light that looks exactly like it, and is also 5 inches across the face, such as this LED BR40:
If your trim, (the round piece that goes on the ceiling to cover up the drywall) needs to be replaced because it is old and worn, or is missing, you could go with an LED retrofit that screws into your existing socket such as the one shown here at Amazon.com:
Another option would be to go with a PAR38 style lamp that looks more like a halogen and is a bit brighter. PAR38 lamps are 38/8th’s of an inch = 4.75 inches across, so only slightly smaller, and you could choose one like this LED PAR38:
Your bulb may be a smaller flood such as a BR30 (30/8th’s of an inch = 3.75 inches across), or an R20 (20/8th’s of an inch across = 2.5 inches across) like these pictured here:
Choosing LED Household Bulbs
You may need a replacement for a regular household bulb that goes into a lamp, which is called an A19.
There are many sizes available of this type and shape of bulb, so you want to be careful to get the right length that will fit into your lamp. An A19 bulb is 19/8th’s of an inch which is 2.375 inches, but that’s the width measurement so you’ll want to make sure the length is also what you need. A standard A19 bulb should be 4 3/8 inches long. This is an excellent choice for an LED household bulb replacement at Amazon.com:
LED MR16 Bulbs
You may have recessed cans or landscape lighting that are low voltage and use a bulb such as an MR16 pictured here:
This is a great LED MR16 replacement lamp available at Amazon.com:
For information on LED tube replacements (fluorescent tube replacements), please visit our LED T8 Tube Replacement page.
If you are looking for CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) LED replacements, please visit our How to Choose LED Replacements for CFL’s page.