The average U.S. household includes 51 lightbulbs. Assuming all of those bulbs are 60W incandescents, over 22 years (a common estimate of LED-bulb life spans), you would save roughly $6,942 in energy costs by replacing them with output-equivalent LEDs. Factor in the combined price of the more than 800 incandescents you'd need to stock up on during that period (since most burn out in 1.4 years or less), compared to buying just 51 LEDs, and the total estimated savings for going all-LED comes to $8,639. A number that large is simply too hard to ignore. With all this in mind, we tested dozens of bulbs to find the ones that will help you make the right swap in any socket.
Edison Light Globes 3 Watt Dimmable LED Clear Edison Bulb
Best for Pendant Lamps
The biggest knock against LEDs used to be simple: The bulbs were big, plastic contraptions with frosted globes and harsh glows. Not anymore. This decorative 35W-equivalent bulb approximates the electrified filaments of the popular Edison style with columns of naked, low-power LEDs. It was barely bright enough for us to read by, but that's not the point. Exposed in a hanging pendant fixture, it looks awesome. [$34; edisonlightglobes.com]