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Save energy while lighting your home

The average Ontario home has over 30 light fixtures. Use the following resources to light up your home up while keeping energy costs down.

In addition to the tips below, visit the Energy Hub for additional tips and tricks and explore energy saving resources for your home.

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Comparing Bulbs

Switch to which?

Use this bulb-to-bulb comparison to see the benefits of LED lights

Traditional incandescent Halogen incandescent CFL LED
Efficiency Very low Low High Very High
Lifetime (hours) 1,000 2,500 to 5,000 5,000 to 10,000 15,000 to 50,000
Disposal Landfill Landfill Hazardous waste facility Recyclable
Dimmable? Yes Yes Yes Yes*

Top 5 most frequently used lights

Prioritize upgrades in these places to watch your savings light up

Kitchen Ceiling
Living Room Table
Living Room Floor
Bathroom Vanity
Outdoor Porch Light

LED Facts

A long life of savings

LED lighting uses 75% less energy, are compact, don’t emit heat and can last more than 25,000 hours

Did you know?

  • LEDs never actually burn out. They dim very slowly over long periods of time
  • They’re resistant to shock and vibrations
  • They stay relatively cool to the touch

Already swapped to LED?

  • 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

Shape matters

Shopping made simple

LED lighting uses 75% less energy, are compact, don’t emit heat and can last more than 25,000 hours

A-Shape for floor lamps

Flood for outdoor pots or security lights

Globe for vanity and table lamps

Flame for chandeliers and wall sconces


Know the lingo


The energy a bulb uses


The amount of brightness produced


The colour of the light

Watts (Incandescent) to Lumens (LED)

60W > 800lm

75W > 1,100lm

100W > 1,600lm

When replacing inefficient bulbs, be sure to match the old wattage with new lumen measurements to understand the brightness.

Colour Temperature (Kelvins)

Lighting Guide spectrum
Warmer, Yellow
2700K - 3000K
Cooler, Daylight
5000K - 6500K
Lightbulbs Energuide

Shopping Tip

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

Nutrition-style labels on bulb packages provide information on efficiency and appearance.


Savings beyond the bulb

These control technologies save energy by reducing lighting use, and they are among the simplest, least expensive energy-management devices available.

Perfecting timing

  • Programmable timers switch lights on and off at pre-set times
  • Portable timers plug into outlets to automatically control lamps, holiday lights, portable fans and more
  • In-wall permanent timers replace standard switches for programmed control of lights, heaters, motors and more

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

Dim your light

  • Saves you energy
  • Enhances ambience
  • Dimmer switches make even incandescent bulbs more efficient