Fall into savings with LED lighting and energy efficiency rebates
As the days grow shorter and we spend more time indoors, we all want to ensure that our indoor environments are well lit and have the perfect ambiance. With Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting technology, you can save energy and save money on your electricity bill at the same time.
The average home has approximately 30 light sockets and there's an LED bulb for almost every one. With the versatility now offered by LEDs, it's never been easier to find the right bulb for your home. Check out the Philips LED buying guide to find the best fit for your needs.
LED bulbs offer the highest efficiency with lowest operating cost of all lighting alternatives. Although Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Halogens are more energy and cost efficient than incandescents, LEDs are by far the best. And the savings can really add up; lit for 3 hours a day, a single 60W incandescent bulb costs $6.55 each year to operate, whereas the Philips LED 9W costs approximately $1.37 per year to operate (based on a rate of $0.10kWh).
Here are some additional facts about LEDs:
LED bulbs fit all standard lighting fixtures and offer clear and flattering directional lighting
Some bulbs feature omni-directional lighting, where the light diffuses in all directions
Safe for children's rooms as the bulbs are not hot, contain no mercury and don't shatter
Great for hard to reach fixtures as you don't have to change them as often as traditional bulbs
The total light output in any direction from a 12.5W LED bulb is 800 lumens, which is equivalent to a standard 60W incandescent
LEDs can be even more energy efficient if used with a compatible dimmer
Whether you're brightening up your dining room with a new chandelier, installing track lighting in the basement, lighting up your bathroom with vanity lighting, or just replacing a bulb in your night table lamp, The Home Depot carries Eco Options approved LED light bulbs to suit any room in the house.
Fall is a great time to purchase LEDs and take advantage of instant rebates available in The Home Depot stores across British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. BC Hydro's Power Smart Fall Lighting Campaign (Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 2011) offers $10-$15 off* LED bulbs and $20 off* LED fixtures. Manitoba Hydro's Fall Lighting Campaign (Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 2011) offers $10 off LED under cabinet linear or puck lights and $1 off LED night lights. Efficiency Nova Scotia's Plug into Savings Discount Campaign (Oct. 1 - Dec. 18, 2011) offers $5 off * LED bulbs. And as more LEDs become ENERGY STAR qualified, more utilities may start offering rebates in 2012.
Growing awareness of the energy and cost savings of LEDs and the eventual government phase out of incandescents has many Canadians switching to sustainable lighting. With numerous rebate and incentive programs offering additional savings on LEDs, there's no better time than right now to start (or complete) the switch in your home.
*Select ENERGY STAR qualified articles only. Some conditions apply. See in-store for details.