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Fluorescents, LEDs go head-to-head: a comparison chart

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The results are in: the operating cost of an LED 50% less than that of a T12

Have a look at our fluorescents versus LED comparison chart [PDF, 42 KB]. In it we compare the annual energy costs, lifespan and light output (among a few other features) of an LED compared to a T12, T8 and T5 high-output fluorescent lamp.

If you're wondering how much more efficient LEDs are than T12s, consider these results: the annual energy cost of an LED using a lighting control is $11.28, compared to $27.83 for a T12 using magnetic ballasts*.

LEDs are generally more expensive than fluorescent lamps. However, as our comparison chart demonstrates, their excellent efficiency and extended life make them more cost-efficient than fluorescent lamps in certain applications.

If you're ready to lower your lighting-related electricity costs, talk to a member of the BC Hydro Alliance of Energy Professionals. Members help our business customers find opportunities to reduce their electricity use. They can also help you choose the right lights for your business type and budget.

*Estimated energy cost is $0.094/kWh