How do I replace my incandescent bulbs with LEDs?
Back in the day, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs produced between 1200 and 1600 lumens, depending on voltage and who made the bulb. They also emitted light in all directions.
To replace the 100-watt light bulb with an LED, you will need a bulb that has at least 1200 lumens.
The LED should also be Omni-directional so the light illuminates in all directions.
If you are also looking for the same light color as the standard 100 watt incandescent, you will need a 2700 Kelvin LED. The 3000 Kelvin will be brighter and whiter than a standard incandescent.
Use the guide below to replace your incandescent light bulbs with LED:
- Replace a 150 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 2800 lumens
- Replace a 100 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 1600 lumens
- Replace a 75 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 1200 lumens
- Replace a 60 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 800 lumens
- Replace a 40 watt incandescent using an LED with at least 500 lumens
We recommend trying a few LED bulbs before investing in LED. We know many customers who replaced a 100-watt incandescent with a 800-lumen LED and they tell us it appears to be brighter than their old bulbs.
Originally published Dec. 4, 2014 and updated January 21, 2020.