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5 things you could learn about lighting at a BC Hydro in-store event

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Earlier LED lighting seemed too white or blue-coloured to suit the needs of those used to the warmer light of inefficient incandescent lamps. All that has changed as LEDs come in a wide variety of colours and brightness levels. You just need to know the basics of what to look for in Kelvin and lumens.

Our reps will help you figure out how to save energy and money

Hannah Wilson
For bchydro.com

It's one thing to spot a variety of deals on ENERGY STAR® lighting at your local store. It's quite another to know exactly which bulb or fixture is going to fit the specific needs of the room you're buying energy-efficient lighting for.

And that's where our community team comes in. As we roll out numerous deals on ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and fixtures this month – along with savings on smart home products, appliances and bathroom fans – we'll also be holding a variety of in-store events where we can help you learn about lighting and other products.

See dates, times and locations of events we're holding at partner retailers. But in case you can't make it to an in-store event, here's an example of five things you might learn from a BC Hydro community team member.

1. Always look for ENERGY STAR rated products

ENERGY STAR is the trusted symbol for energy efficiency. Products that display the ENERGY STAR label on the package are tested and certified to uphold all product details listed on the packaging, including lifespan, light colour and light brightness.

2. Look for lifetime savings

ENERGY STAR LEDs are the most efficient lighting technology. They are at least 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 15 years or more. By replacing an incandescent with a LED, you could save $100 in electricity over the lifetime of the LED bulb. And you won't have to replace bulbs nearly as often.

3. LEDs come in a variety of shapes and styles for your lighting needs

Did you know that the average home has about 35 light bulb sockets, and that in most homes, more that 50% of these still contain inefficient lighting? We can help you find the ENERGY STAR LED for any area of your home.

4. For brightness, look for lumens, not watts

The light output of a bulb is defined by the lumen level, not watts. Because there are different bulb varieties on the market that use various wattage to product the same light outputs, including incandescent, halogen, CFL and LED, understanding the lumen level you prefer will help you choose the brightness you're looking for.

5. For light colour, look for Kelvins (K)

The lower the K rating, the warmer the colour (think warm white, even yellowish white like those old incandescents). The higher the K, rating the cooler the colour (think brighter white, and then blue at the highest end). Look for the Kelvin scale to ensure you get the exact light colour you're looking for.

Here's where you can find the BC Hydro Community Team in stores this fall. For more information on deals and savings, visit powersmart.ca.

What type of lighting savings are in store

From October 6-27, 2017, BC Hydro is offering a 15% instant, in-store discount on all ENERGY STAR R20 LEDs, PAR30 LEDs, BR30 LEDs and PAR38 LEDs. We're also offering a $5 instant discount on select ENERGY STAR fixtures.

We suggest homeowners convert to ENERGY STAR LED bulbs because they have been tested to last at least 15,000 hours, or 15 years, based on average household use. Converting to Energy Star LED bulbs, at 75% more energy efficiency, can save significantly on your BC Hydro bill immediately and over time

ENERGY STAR LED fixtures include ceiling mounts, wall mounts, chandeliers, pendants, recessed lighting, sconces, vanity, security and coach lamps are all now more energy efficient, using 75% less energy than older fixtures.

And don't forget that as you replace older, inefficient lighting, you can recycle virtually all bulbs and fixtures in B.C. Find the full list of accepted lighting and a collection site near you at lightrecycle.ca.

Savings this month on appliances, too

Watch for BC Hydro rebates ranging from $25 to $100 on ENERGY STAR appliances including washers, dryers and refrigerators. Many stores offer similar discounts on the most efficient ENERGY STAR appliances including products by Samsung and LG. Don't forget to also take advantage of BC Hydro's appliance rebates, which are back for a limited time this fall, and also look for additional rebates from municipalities through B.C.

There's an estimated $125 savings in energy costs over the lifetime of a qualifying ENERGY STAR washing machine compared to non–qualified models, $175 in savings with an ENERGY STAR clothes dryer, and $100 in reduced energy use with a qualifying ENERGY STAR refrigerator.

Where & when we'll be in stores this fall

BC Hydro community teams will be in the following communities, where they can help you with advice on selecting energy-efficient products.

Lower Mainland

Coquitlam
Wednesday, October 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., London Drugs, 2929 Barnet Highway #1030
Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Rona, 2798 Barnet Highway

Tsawwassen
Friday, October 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Rona, 949 Canoe Pass Way #100, Delta

Vancouver
Wednesday, October 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., London Drugs, 2091 W 42nd Ave.
Saturday, October 14, noon-4p.m., The Home Depot, 2388 Cambie St.
Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Rona, 2727 E 12th Ave.
Sunday, October 22, noon-4 p.m., Canadian Tire, 2388 Cambie St.

B.C. interior

Kamloops
Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., The Home Depot, 1020 Hillside Dr.

Prince George
Friday, October 20, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Costco, 2555 Range Rd.
Saturday, October 21, 1:30-4 p.m., Canadian Tire, 5008 Domano Blvd.
Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lowes, 2999 Massey Dr.
Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., The Home Depot, 5959 O'Grady Rd.

Vancouver Island

Campbell River
Saturday, October 21, noon-4 p.m., The Home Depot, 1482 Island Hwy

Courtenay
Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Canadian Tire, 2801 Cliffe Ave.

Duncan
Sunday, October 15, noon-4 p.m., Canadian Tire, 2929 Green Rd.

Nanaimo
Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., The Home Depot, 6555 Metral St.
Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lowes, 4750 Rutherford Rd.

Victoria
Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lowes, 3170 Tillicum Rd.

Hannah Wilson is a member of BC Hydro's community team.