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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 Kelvins and lumens.

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

Hannah Wilson

It's one thing to spot a variety of deals on ENERGY STARĀ® 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.

Here's an example of five things you might learn from a BC Hydro community team member at an in-store event.

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 $75 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 produce 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 Kelvin rating, the warmer the colour (think warm white, even yellowish white like those old incandescents). The higher the Kelvin 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.

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