Snapshot Reports

The Snapshot Reports are an analysis of the dataset underlying the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) LED Lighting Facts product list. This document is designed to help retailers, distributors, designers, utilities, energy efficiency program sponsors, and other industry stakeholders understand the current state of the LED replacement lamps market and its trajectory.

The lighting industry is experiencing major change: new federal efficacy guidelines are being phased in for many types of lamps, and LED replacement lamps are increasingly being offered by manufacturers as energy- and cost-saving alternatives to traditional technologies. This Product Snapshot reveals how LED replacement lamps really perform.

July 2012 Snapshot: LED Replacement Lamps

Key Findings:
  • Excluding products listed before 2011, about 23% of LED A-lamp products produce less than 450 lumens, 52% of LED A-lamp replacements produce 450 lumens or more (40-watt (W) incandescent A-lamp equivalency), 23% of LED replacements meet or exceed 800 lumens (60W incandescent A-lamp equivalency), less than 1% meet or exceed 1100 lumens (75W incandescent A-lamp equivalency), and none meet or exceed 1600 lumens (100W incandescent A-lamp equivalency).
  • LED A-lamp retail prices have been falling consistently. As of March 2012, the average retail price for an 800-lumen lamp was $30. LED product costs remain well above those of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), but are beginning to approach them and are expected to be equivalent by 2016 in terms of cost per lumen-hour and total cost of ownership.
  • Of 873 LED PAR and R reflector lamps listed in the database, the highest-output LED PAR and R replacement lamps in the database can meet incandescent and halogen reflector lamp equivalency levels (based on light output alone) up to 90W PAR38, 70W PAR30, and 50W PAR20 lamps.
  • Current LED PAR and R lamp products still have the potential to save 60%–80% in power consumption over improved-efficacy halogen lamps, after new federal efficacy levels are required this year.
  • Though linear LED lamps are not covered under the new federal efficacy standard, 67% of the 159 currently listed LED linear replacement lamps do not meet the minimum performance levels for medium bi-pin (T8 and T12) lamps established by the standard.
  • Since 2010, the highest-output 4-foot linear LED lamps have increased from about 1800 lumens to 2200 lumens. Typical 4-foot fluorescent T8 lamps produce about 3000 lumens.