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Understanding LED Lighting

A more comfortable home and lower hydro bills. We'll show you how to make it happen.

What is LED lighting?

LED lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs.

How does it work?

An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light emitting diodes (LEDs).

LED lighting is the most efficient way to light any room in any home or office.

Benefits of LED lighting

70% to 80% energy savings
Not sensitive to cold temperatures
Long life (>50,000 hours)
No mercury hazards
More durable
Environmentally friendly
Stay cool to the touch even after use
Available in multiple hues

Choosing the right LED bulb

Important things to consider: the location and purpose of your light fixture, as well as your desired ambiance.

Soft white / Warm white 2700K – 3000K

  • Provides a warm and cozy feel (warm yellowish light)
  • Ideal for most indoor applications
  • Great for bedrooms and living rooms
  • Similar to an incandescent light

Bright white / Cool white 3500K – 4100K

  • Provides an energetic feel (cool light)
  • Great for kitchens, bathrooms, work spaces and garages
  • Brighter than incandescent cool white

Daylight 5000K – 6500K

  • Provides the greatest contrast among colours (bluish white light)
  • Ideal for reading and accent lighting
  • Great for bathrooms, kitchens and basements

Comparing common household lighting options

 
Energy
Efficiency
Light Colour /
‘Temperature’
Energy Used
(Watts)
Lumens*
(Brightness)
Life Span**
(Hours)
Annual
Energy Cost

Incandescent
Very Low
Warm
40W to 100W
450 to 1600
1,000
Approx. $5.75

Halogen
Low
Warm
29W to 72W
450 to 1600
3,000
Approx. $4.25

CFL
High
Warm to Cool
11W to 23W
450 to 1600
8,000
Approx. $1.50

LED
Very High
Warm to Cool
9W to 20W
450 to 1600
25,000
Approx. $1.25

*General rule: The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.
**Based on 3 hours of use per day per lamp.
†Estimated energy cost per lamp: $0.0878/kWh