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Home Support LED lighting saves money on long run

LED lighting saves money on long run

Canadians use more energy per capita than any other nation in the world. It’s expensive, both in cost to the environment and to your family’s budget, and we need to find ways to cut back our usage.

We’ve been making the switch to compact fluorescents (CFLs) from incandescent bulbs to save energy, but many people aren’t happy with CFLs. They cost more than standard bulbs and they contain mercury — which is an environmental concern. They take time to warm up to full brightness, especially in cold weather. They flicker and buzz and many people feel they produce an unappealing quality of light — it’s a fluorescent, after all.

Another option to consider when planning your lighting is LEDs. Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology uses a fraction of energy compared to conventional incandescent or even CFLs. And they last a long time before needing replacement — up to 50,000 hours, compared to 6,000 for a CFL or 1,000 for standard incandescent bulbs.

Incandescent lights work by using electricity to heat a filament until it glows. They also give off a lot of excess heat — you know that if you’ve ever touched a light bulb after it’s been on for even a short while. Fluorescent lights work by passing electrical current through a gas-filled tube, which causes it to emit light. LEDs work by channelling electric current through a semi-conductor material — 100 per cent of which is turned into light, with no waste heat produced. LEDs are very energy efficient.

So apparently, LED lighting is the best choice for money saving and environment protection.