Join the latest lighting revolution

November 26, 2013


By now, most people are familiar with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), those curly energy saving bulbs.  They’ve become popular due to the energy savings they offer over old incandescent bulbs – but they’re not perfect either: they take a few minutes to warm up, they’re quite fragile and like all fluorescent bulbs they contain a tiny trace of mercury.

Light Emitting Diode bulbs, or LEDs, are a newer, far better type of light bulb:

  • They turn on instantly – no warm-up time
  • They have excellent colour quality
  • They work well outdoors and in cold temperatures
  • They’re durable
  • They’re as efficient as, or more efficient than, fluorescent lighting
  • They last for 25,000 hours (IE 20 years) so say goodbye to the nuisance of changing burnt out bulbs

So consider investing in LEDs when you look for new light bulbs.  They’re a bit costlier up front, but when you pro-rate that cost over their lifetime, they provide convenience, efficiency and savings.  (And prices are coming down quickly.)

Read more about LEDs here, and always look for the ENERGY STAR logo when you buy.


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