You’ve heard that there are different types of light bulbs. But what is the right solution for your building? You may also not be aware of the differences between the available options. Look no further! We’ve outlined the differences between Incandescent and LEDs. These are the two most popular kind of bulbs. Find our handy guide below.


An incandescent bulb is an electric light with a wire filament, heated to a high temperature by passing an electric current through it until it glows with visible light. This bulb credits Thomas Edison with its invention and has been the basic bulb that has lit our lives since then.

The important thing to note about incandescent bulbs is that as of January 1st, 2015, 60- and 40-watt bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported into Canada. This is an extension of the ban on 75- and 100-watt bulbs that came into effect the previous year[i].

There is a transitional technology called halogen incandescent bulbs, which use less power than their predecessors. These can be an option for people looking to update the lighting in their building.


LEDs, which stands for Light Emitting Diode, use light emitting diodes as the light source. There are some great benefits to LED lights. Though base cost per bulb is more than with halogens, LEDs are designed to save you money by using less energy over time; effectively reducing your energy costs. LED lights can use up to 85% less energy than traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs. In addition, LED lights are warrantied to last a certain length of time whereas traditional bulbs, including CFL spirals, don’t – once those kinds burn out, you’ll have to buy new ones.

So how do you know which technology is right for you?

One option is to have someone come in and do an energy audit to see what the best solution would be for your needs. As government enacts more energy saving initiatives, it may be easier to switch to LED now and plan for the initial costs than to have them sprung on you at a later date.

Do you have any questions about the differences between LED and Incandescent bulbs, or which might be the best option for you? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to answer your questions – or on our Facebook page!

[i] Canada dims the light on the incandescent light bulb, The Globe and Mail