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 in a decade of change. Upcoming minimum efficiency standards through the Energy Independence & Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the Federal Trade Commission's new mandatory consumer label, and improving technologies will change how you do business.

To help you navigate these changes and their impact on LED replacement lamps, LED Lighting Facts has created the Product Snapshot for LED Replacement Lamps. The snapshot uses verified performance data from the LED Lighting Facts product list to compare the performance of LED replacement lamps to standard technologies and the new performance levels mandated by EISA.

The LED market continues to experience rapid growth in product availability and steady improvement in performance for most product categories. Due to the speed of advancements in technology, a new snapshot is published twice a year. Each new version has data from additional products, allowing for updated analysis and projections.

May 2011 Snapshot: LED Replacement Lamps

Key Findings:
  • LED replacement lamp light output has been rising steadily.
    • 800-lumen (60W-equivalent) products became available since the previous snapshot.
    • 1100-lumen (75W-equivalent) products may appear between mid-2011 and late-2012.
    • 1600-lumen (100W-equivalent) products may not appear until 2013 at the earliest.
  • Most A-shape and reflector LED replacement lamps still do not meet the light output of traditional high-wattage incandescents. Even when light output is met, many products do not meet other performance equivalency metrics, such as color rendering index (CRI), correlated color temperature (CCT), and light distribution. LED product evaluation must consider total product performance.
  • Many LED replacements for general service fluorescent lamps have significantly lower light outputs and do not achieve the same efficacy levels as the products they replace.
  • A total cost analysis found that the payback period, when compared to 60W incandescent lamps, varies.
    • LEDs have a payback of more than 6 years due to their high purchase price, currently averaging about $40.
    • CFLs can pay back in less than a year, saving more than $50 over the typical 10,000-hour life of the product.
    • Halogens use nearly 30% less energy, but due to their high initial price, the total cost of ownership over time is nearly the same.
Timeline for Lighting Changes