LED Light Bulb Swap

Clayton County Energy District has an initiative to put 5,000 LEDs into the light sockets of Clayton County

In the midst of this pandemic and all the changes it has brought, one thing is still the same; the Energy District is hard at work, safely serving the Clayton County community. Beginning in June, we started our new program, “The Free LED Delivery.” By the end of July, our hope is to deliver 3,000 light bulbs (for a total of 5,000 light bulbs swapped for the project).

Due to an overwhelming response to the program, we reached our goal much sooner than expected and are no longer accepting requests for free LED delivery. Hopefully we can offer the program again in the future to reach those who were not able to enroll at this time.

In the next few weeks, we will be delivering LED light bulbs to those who signed up during the enrollment period. We will contact you the day prior to your delivery with further information.

We will also let you know if your request will NOT be fullfilled at this time. If you don’t hear from us by mid-July regarding your delivery, please text (or call) 563-880-6523.

The district is able to locally purchase these bulbs thanks to grants received by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future and by the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation.


With this initiative, the county can save roughly $417,500 over the next thirteen years and realize a 4200 metric ton reduction of carbon emissions! How is this possible?

Here is the math:

9W (60W equivalent) LED bulbs last 13.6yrs & cost $14.69 to operate/lifetime

The cost to run 60W incandescent bulb for 13.6yrs =  $98.19

The difference = $83.50 savings for lifetime of the LED bulb

5000 LED’s x $83.50 = $417,500 savings for Clayton County over 13.6 years


9W LED bulb = 135 kilowatt hrs(kWh) in carbon emissions/lifetime
60W incandescent = 900 kWh in carbon emissions/13.6 yrs

The difference = 765 kWh carbon emission reduction

5000 LED’s x 765 kWh saved = 4200 metric ton CO2e reduction for Clayton County over 13.6 years which equates 10.3 Million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle