The latest bulbs are light years ahead in efficiency, which means making your home look good can save on energy too!
The average Ontariohome has30light fixtures
Top five most frequently used lights
Prioritize upgrades in these places to watch your savings light up.
Living room table lamp
Living room floor lamp
Bathroom vanity lights
Outdoor porch light
2,500 to 5,000
8,000 to 10,000
Hazardous waste facility
15,000 to 50,000
*Check product packagingto ensure your dimmeris LED compatible
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.
LEDs are compact, don't emit heat and can last more than 25,000 hours.That's 22-30 years of average household use!
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.
Resistant to shock and vibration
Stay relatively cool to the touch
Perform well indoors and outdoors
Watts = the energy a bulb usesLumens = 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)
Warmer, Yellow2700K - 3000K
Cooler, Daylight5000K - 6500K
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:
When you're shopping for replacements, be sure to choose the right shape:
for floor lamps
for outdoor pots or security lights
for vanity barsand table lamps
for chandeliersand wall sconces
Need to know
Nutrition-style labels on bulb packaging give you a heads up about efficiency and appearance. Look for lumens and Kelvins here!
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.
Ditch the switch
Dim your bill
Always match enclosed light fixtures to the right kind of LED bulbs
Ensure your dimmer switches are designed for LEDs
Exposed outdoor bulbs can be affected by extreme temperatures above 40°C