Energy Efficient Lighting

You probably remember back in 2009 when Canada banned the manufacturing and import of higher wattage incandescent lightbulbs. Although some people ran out to buy the antiquated lights, as they are cheaper, they may not realize as much saving as hoped.

An average household dedicates 5% of its energy consumption through lighting. If you switch to Energy Star fixtures or bulbs you can save up to approx. $55 per year. There are just too many advantages not to make the switch.

Energy Saving Features Advantages

Saving money and environmental factors are not the only advantages new lighting can offer. There are so many options with lighting that you will find the perfect colour, warmth and levels of light you need for most applications. Newer lights last 25 times longer, use 75% less energy and they throw off much less heat than antiquated incandescents.

Energy Efficient Lighting vs Incandescent

Types of Lights

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

LED lighting is available for a variety of lighting fixtures and includes, directional lighting, track lights, recessed light, under-cabinet lighting and rope lighting - the product list for LEDs continues to grow every year with the rapid development in manufacturing.

LEDs emit light directional and as such don’t require diffusers or reflectors which can trap light. The directed light can be bright which is why they are popular for task lighting and recessed down-lights.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)

CFL lights are the go-to lighting replacing older incandescent lighting. CFLs are commonly used for recessed fixtures, track lighting, table lamps, ceiling fixtures and deck lights. Three way CFLs can also be used for lamps with 3 way brightness settings. Today many dimmable lights feature CFLs.

You can find CFLs which provide excellent lighting. In fact, where older fluorescents featured a dull, cool white light source, CFLs provide a much warmer, brighter colour. One more advantage the new fluorescents have over their older counterparts is they feature an electronic ballast so they will never flicker and hum.

A CFL emits more heat than an LED but they require about 33% less energy than incandescents while lasting much longer than the older bulbs.