Make the switch to the bright new world of LED lights

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

As the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment tran­si­tions out in­can­des­cent light bulbs, it’s time to em­brace the next gen­er­a­tion of this 134 year old tech­nol­ogy – namely Light-Emit­ting Diodes, bet­ter known as LED. With the ad­vances made in this tech­nol­ogy, LED bulbs are light years ahead of their pre­de­ces­sors and The Home De­pot is now mak­ing it eas­ier for Cana­di­ans to make the switch at a rea­son­able cost. If you still need con­vinc­ing, here are just a few of the rea­sons to choose en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing.

Cost and en­ergy sav­ings: With new bulbs priced be­tween $9.00 and $13.00, and lo­cal re­bates avail­able to fur­ther re­duce costs, LED light­ing doesn’t break the bank. And be­cause these light bulbs use ap­prox­i­mately 85 per cent less en­ergy than in­can­des­cent bulbs, home­own­ers could see a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion on their en­ergy bills. In fact, by re­plac­ing the five most fre­quent­lyused light fix­tures with LEDs, con­sumers can save an av­er­age of $60 per year on elec­tric bills. That means the bulbs pay for them­selves in a very short time.

Long life: LED light bulbs last an av­er­age of 25,000 hours (22 years based on us­age of three hours a day). This can save a lot of time and has­sle around the house, and reach­ing that awk­ward fix­ture lo­cated in the hard­est-to-reach place.

Eco friendly: LED lights are free of haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, 100 per cent re­cy­clable and have a longer life span. This means less waste and a step to­wards a greener fu­ture.

Va­ri­ety: There is an LED for ev­ery space in your home – from the el­e­gant chan­de­lier in the din­ing room, to the safety lights in the drive­way. And be­cause ev­ery­one’s light­ing pref­er­ences are unique, com­pa­nies like Cree and Philips are of­fer­ing op­tions across the spec­trum so you can be sure to find the right light for you.

If you’re ready to make the switch, The Home De­pot has a va­ri­ety of LEDs, CFLs, and halo­gen op­tions avail­able ei­ther in your lo­cal store or on­line at www. home­de­

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