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Light emitting diodes (LEDs)

Photo of an LED light bulb

LEDs are suitable for most general household use. They're especially good for fittings that are hard to get at and you don't want to change often.

Price guide

From $12 per bulb.


  • Use up to 80% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs for the same light output
  • A lifetime of at least 15,000 hours, around 15 times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® to find the most energy efficient, best performing LEDs
  • Read the latest Consumer New Zealand report on LEDs

Keep in mind

  • If you want to use LEDs with dimmer switches, check the packaging to make sure you choose a model that suits dimmable light fixtures
  • Most LEDs only go up to a 75W standard incandescent light bulbs equivalent, although there are a few new products available that go up to 100W equivalent

Where to buy them

Easily available at most DIY outlets and specialty lighting stores, usually available at supermarkets and variety stores.

Want help finding the right one?

Use the efficient lighting tool to help you find the right LED for your fitting.

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