Lighting

Buy ENERGY STAR® certified lighting to save you money!

Thanks to impressive energy efficiency gains in lighting products over the past couple of years, household lighting remains at 4% of the energy used in the average Canadian home despite an increase in the number of fixtures in homes. In commercial and institutional settings, lighting accounts for 11% of energy used.

Residential energy use in Canada by activity

Source: Distribution of residential energy use in Canada 2013,  Natural Resources Canada.

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Residential energy use in Canada by activity

A pie chart representing energy consumed in the average Canadian home is divided into five sections: Space heating 63%; Water heating 19%; Appliances 12%; Lighting 4%; and Space cooling 1%.

Lighting basically has two components—bulbs and fixtures. Sometimes, these are integrated, with the fixture including a built-in light source (or bulb).

ENERGY STAR certified lighting products have big benefits over standard ones. They are designed and rigorously tested to last longer, provide better light quality, offer better compatibility with other products, and have warrantees to back them up.

Make the switch to ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs, fixtures and decorative light strings like Holiday lights to cut your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Choosing the right product for your home

It is important to be sure that the bulb you choose uses the least amount of energy to produce the maximum amount of light. Meanwhile, your fixtures should use the least amount of energy to operate the light source in them. The easiest way to do this is to select an ENERGY STAR certified product. 

Energy Star logoENERGY STAR certified lighting

The following ENERGY STAR certified products are available in Canada.

Find certified products using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. (Note: you will be redirected to the US ENERGY STAR website. Click “Canada” as your market).

Helpful tips

  • Use lighting controls such as timers, motion sensors and photocells to reduce light use when it’s not needed.
  • Turn off your lights when they’re not in use.
  • When comparing light bulbs, use lumens (the amount of light provided by the bulb) rather than watts (the amount of power used by the bulb). This lets you directly compare light quantity.
  • ENERGY STAR 2017 awards winnersVisit the individual product pages above for more helpful tips.
  • See our list of ENERGY STAR participating manufacturers and retailers.

Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol

The easiest way to identify efficient lighting is to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol on the product or packaging. All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to strict efficiency standards and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Tools you can use

More information is available in these NRCan publications:

Many lighting products must meet minimum energy efficiency standards as regulated under Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. The Regulations help eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian market.


The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.