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LED light exchange planned
December 01, 2005
By Duane Hicks
After giving out coupons for 150 sets of LED lights last month
at Canadian Tire here, the Fort Frances Power Corp. will hold a
similar promotion again Dec. 8 to get more people to be energy-conscious
“We were quite pleased with the response,” FFPC president
and CEO Jim Kibiuk said about the first exchange, in which the FFPC
offered to give people a coupon to get a set of LED lights at Canadian
Tire if they turned in one string of their old incandescent ones.
“We had very informative sessions, making people aware of
the actual energy savings,” Kibiuk added.
“We had a display model of old incandescent versus LED,”
he noted. “What it allowed us to do is show them, with a meter
hooked up courtesy of Canadian Tire, the consumption. It’s
“We had a handout which stated: ‘One seven-watt incandescent
old-style light bulb consumes the same amount of electricity as
140 LED bulbs.’ That little statement right there opened people’s
eyes,” Kibiuk remarked.
Some other facts people learned about LED lights were:
•A string of LED “strawberry” lights uses only
0.05 watts of electricity per bulb compared to a traditional incandescent
light consuming seven watts per bulb;
•Although LED lights cost more to buy, they pay for themselves
in one-five years through reduced energy use and bulb replacement;
•LED lights can last up to 200,000 hours compared to 1,000
hours for a traditional incandescent string; and
•LED lights are safer. They’re more durable, with
no filament or glass bulbs to break, and they produce very little
heat, reducing the risk of fire.
Kibiuk noted the information the FFPC was giving out to the public
at the light exchange convinced many to choose LED over incandescent
While some people brought in one string of lights to get a coupon
for another, others brought in several strings lights just to get
rid of them and completely switch over to LED.
“I think it went extremely well,” agreed Canadian
Tire owner Angus McDonald, noting the ratio of coupons given out
to the amount of lights sold wasn’t 1:1.
While McDonald said he can’t foresee phasing incandescent
lights out of his inventory in the near future (LED lights remain
slightly too expensive for everyone’s budget), the rate of
transition is greater than he anticipated.
For those who didn’t come out for the exchanges, held Nov.
15 and 17, or didn’t know about the promotion, the FFPC will
give them another chance.
“We’re going to continue it,” said Kibiuk. “On
Dec. 8, we’re going to have a public information session with
an energy conservation officer from Thunder Bay.
“And fortunately, we do have some more coupons available
and we’re going to continue the LED exchange for Christmas
lights at that evening session,” he added.
This public session slated for Thursday, Dec. 8 will take place
in the auditorium at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with speaker Wayne Sunohara, supervisor
of energy conservation services for Thunder Bay Hydro, starting
his presentation at 7 p.m.
Like the exchange at Canadian Tire last month, the first 150 people
simply can bring in one string of their regular outdoor Christmas
lights and a FFPC bill as proof they’re a customer, and trade
them in for a coupon for a string of energy-efficient LED lights
(a $15 value).
These lights then can be purchased at Canadian Tire, where customers
can find more even more strings if they need them. There is a limit
of one exchange per family (and is limited to FFPC customers only).
In related news, the FFPC is trying to get the Town of Fort Frances
in on similar energy conservation this holiday season.
“To benefit everyone in Fort Frances, we’re going
to work with the town hall and exchange a hundred strings of lights
on [the Civic Centre] to LED,” noted Kibiuk.
“So, it’ll save town hall money—and show the
benefit of LED to everyone in Fort Frances.”
He added that while this won’t mean all the Christmas lights
at the Civic Centre will be replaced this season, at least 100 strings
will be and this should enough to decorate the trees in front of
the town hall.
The FFPC then will replace any remaining incandescent Christmas
lights at the Civic Centre with LED ones next winter.
What’s more, the FFPC will be replacing traffic lights around
town with LED versions in the next month or so.
These are expected to save the town $8,000 a year, using 85 percent
less electricity, having brighter displays, and needing less maintenance
than the current lights.
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