By now, most people have heard about regulation changes in Canada and the United States regarding what will be available in the future world of light bulbs. In a nutshell, these changes will protect consumers by giving them clear, consistent labelling on all light bulbs. This will allow for apples to apples comparisions of lighting options. Another important reason for these changes is to remove inefficient, energy-sucking light bulbs from the market place. The lighting industry has responded by pouring millions into new technologies that will be good for our environment in the short and long term.
Here’s a handy chart from the LUMEN Coalition, comparing the incandescent watt labelling most of us are familiar with to their equivalents in lumens. Talking lumens, allows us to compare Incandescents to LEDs to CFLs. It’ll take us all some time to get used to lumens instead of watts and if you have questions, we’re more than happy to answer them for you.
On first glance, LEDs are quite expensive, but when you do your math and consider the longer term actual cost, they really are a good deal. When selecting LEDs, look for quality brands that have large heat sinks (the metal fins around the perimeter of each bulb). Inexpensive LED bulbs will disappoint with the poor coloured light and their short life span.
Come in and see how beautiful, functional and cost effective LEDs and CFLs can be!
Until next time…