A Bright Idea: Get up to Five, Free LED Lightbulbs at Libraries in April and May


You can get up to five, free LED lightbulbs at Fairfax County libraries in April and May — and save on your monthly electric bill.

We’re giving away the bulbs at six libraries because we want to help you save money and protect the planet.

Get a free LED — and if you bring in up to four of your incandescent or compact fluorescent lightbulbs, we’ll exchange them for LEDs. The ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs we’re giving away offer a warm white light that’s equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb.

You could save $75 a year by replacing your five, most frequently used, traditional, incandescent bulbs with LEDs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The LED Exchange program is a partnership between Energy Action Fairfax, a Fairfax County effort to help residents become energy efficient, and the library.


Where to Get Your Free LEDs

While supplies last, up to five LEDs per household will be given away on six dates at these libraries:



LEDs Cost Less and Last Longer

It makes financial sense to switch to LEDs, and the impact is greater than you may think.

LED bulbs can be purchased for as little as $2 to $5—and they cost less to use and last longer, even compared to energy efficient CFLs.

Compare the costs and lifespan:

  • An LED bulb costs an estimated $1 a year to use compared to $6.10 for an old incandescent. LEDs even save money compared to energy efficient CFLs that cost $1.40 per year.
  • An LED will last 15,000 to 25,000 hours, while a CFL’s lifespan is about 10,000 hours.

The LEDs we’ll be handing out use 85 percent less energy than an old incandescent bulb and 33 percent less energy than a CFL.

Lighting accounts for 10 percent of a home’s electricity use, and it costs households an average of $167 per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


LED Savings Last Year

This is the second year we’ve given away LEDs. Last year, we handed out approximately 8,000 bulbs.

Based on an average homes lighting consumption, the total number of bulbs given away last year resulted in nearly 200,000 kWh and $22,000 saved every year. These savings are equivalent to preventing the release of 280,000 pounds of carbon dioxide—the same as taking 28 passenger vehicles off the road.


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