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Light lessons

The latest bulbs are light years ahead in efficiency, which means making your home look good can save on energy too!

Silhouette of a house

The average Ontario
home has

30
light fixtures

Top five most frequently used lights

Prioritize upgrades in these places to watch your savings light up.

1

Kitchen ceiling

kitchen lighting icon

2

Living room table lamp

table lamp icon

3

Living room floor lamp

floor lamp icon

4

Bathroom vanity lights

bathroom vanity icon

5

Outdoor porch light

outdoor porch light icon

Switch to which?

Use this bulb-to-bulb comparison for smart shopping

 

Efficiency

Lifetime (hours)

Disposal

Dimmable?

Traditional incandescent

traditional light bulb illustration

Very low

1,000

Landfill

Yes

Halogen incandescent

halogen light bulb icon

Low

2,500 to 5,000

Landfill

Yes

CFL

cfl light bulb icon

High

8,000 to 10,000

Hazardous waste facility

Yes

LED

LED bulb icon

Very high

15,000 to 50,000

Recyclable

Yes*

*Check product packaging
to ensure your dimmer
is LED compatible

Quick Tip

Need to dispose of old CFLs?

Although they only contain a small amount of mercury, CFLs should not be put in your garbage or blue box.

  • Drop off burned out lights at your municipal waste depot
  • Some retailers, such as RONA and IKEA, also accept used CFLs

Say hello to a long life of savings

LED lighting uses 75% less energy

LEDs are compact, don't emit heat and can last more than 25,000 hours.
That's 22-30 years of average household use!

Room transforms from man holding puppy to man holding fully grown dog.

Put an LED in your living room and it won't have to be replaced until Fido's grown from a young pup to an old dog.

Did you know?

LEDs never actually burn out. They dim very slowly over time.

LED bulb lighting up and dimming down

More advantages

  • 1

    Resistant to shock and vibration

  • 2

    Stay relatively cool to the touch

  • 3

    Perform well indoors and outdoors

Shrink your
energy costs

Check out our short video to help you save. Download coupons for LED bulbs, lighting controls and much more.

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Lighting lingo

Know your lumens and Kelvins

Watts = the energy a bulb uses
Lumens = the amount of light produced (brightness)
Kelvin = colour (appearance)

Watts (incandescent) to Lumens (LED)

60W → 800 lm

75W → 1,100 lm

100W → 1,600 lm

When you're replacing inefficient bulbs, be sure to match the old wattage with new lumen measurements to figure out brightness.

Colour temperature (Kelvins)

colour temperature spectrum

Warmer, Yellow
2700K - 3000K

Cooler, Daylight
5000K - 6500K

Quick Tip

While personal preferences vary, typically warmer yellow light is best for bedroom and living areas. Cooler is best for kitchens and workspaces.

LEDs and CFLs emit a variety of glows:

Kelvin scale with corresponding colour temperature

Shopping made simple

Flood or globe? Pick the right light for each fixture

When you're shopping for replacements, be sure to choose the right shape:

A-shape bulb icon

A-shape

for floor lamps

Flood bulb icon

Flood

for outdoor pots or security lights

Globe bulb icon

Globe

for vanity bars
and table lamps

Flame/candelabra icon

Flame/
Candelabra

for chandeliers
and wall sconces

Lighting facts label

Need to know

Nutrition-style labels on bulb packaging give you a heads up about efficiency and appearance. Look for lumens and Kelvins here!

Beyond the bulb

Great gizmos that save energy for you

Used separately or in tandem, these control technologies save energy by reducing lighting use, and they're among the simplest, least expensive energy-management devices available.

programmable timer illustration

Perfect timing

  • Programmable timers switch lights on/off at pre-set times
  • Portable timers plug into an outlet to automatically control lamps, holiday lights, portable fans and more.
  • In-wall permanent timers replace standard switches for programmed control of lights, heaters, motors, etc.
  • Compatible with CFLs and LEDs (check packaging)
motion sensor illustration

Ditch the switch

  • Motion sensors automatically respond to your presence
  • Increase efficiency, safety and convenience
  • No more fumbling for switches or forgetting to turn lights off
dimmer switch illustration

Dim your bill

  • Save energy
  • Enhance ambience
  • Dimmer switches make even incandescent bulbs more efficient

Already swapped?

If you've already upgraded to LEDs, follow these tips to maximize bulb life:

  • 1

    Always match enclosed light fixtures to the right kind of LED bulbs

  • 2

    Ensure your dimmer switches are designed for LEDs

  • 3

    Exposed outdoor bulbs can be affected by extreme temperatures above 40°C

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