Energy efficient lighting is a bright way to save electricity and money. There are more energy efficient bulbs on the market today than ever before, and trying to buy a replacement light bulb can be confusing. Before you go to the store, learn more about your options to choose the light that's right for you.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are the most energy efficient, longest lasting, versatile bulbs on the market.
LED bulbs – invest in your future
Watch this short video to learn why you should use LED bulbs in your home.
- energy efficient
- use up to 80 per cent less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
- long life span
- can last up to 25 years (25,000 hours);
- ideal for hard-to-reach fixtures because they don't need to be replaced frequently;
- save money on replacement bulbs.
- achieve full brightness immediately;
- suitable for a variety of locations and fixtures;
- available in many different colours, sizes and shapes;
- perform well in cold temperatures;
- do not contain mercury.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are another energy-efficient lighting option.
Power Smart lighting tips
Look for ENERGY STAR® certified lighting products, which are all tested according to the same standards, required to be properly labelled, and come with a warranty.
To maximize your savings, replace your high-use incandescent and halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. There's an LED bulb equivalent to just about every incandescent bulb, but it's important to read the packaging prior to installation.
Read more: Power Smart lighting tips (PDF, 726 KB).
In 2014, federal regulations phased out 40-watt, 60-watt, 75-watt, and 100-watt general service incandescent bulbs. For more information, visit the NRCan website.