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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

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

What type of lighting savings are in store

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

Savings on appliances, too

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 spring

Stay tuned for updates on where we will be in stores this spring.


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