Four Compelling Reasons To Go for LED Lighting
Find Out Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Lighting Solution
By now you know that LED technology is reshaping lighting. The venerable incandescent light bulb, first patented by Edison in 1880, dominated residential lighting for a century before newer technologies started to become practical and cost-effective. One of those was compact fluorescent, which appeared in the 1980s but really did not become a popular replacement for incandescent until the last decade.
Light Emitting Diode, or LED, uses semiconductor technology to convert electricity into light. LED technology is ubiquitous in backlighting for TVs, computer monitors, and millions of portable devices, so the technology has matured thanks to the rapid technological advances in these products. Today LED is the smart choice for home use. Here are four compelling reasons you should consider going to LED in a new home or remodel or retrofitting.
The cost of LED bulbs has come down 85% over the past ten years, making them entirely affordable for new projects or retrofitting into older homes. The Federal lighting regulations that began in 2012 dictated that bulbs had to use 25% less energy for a given amount of output, and LED bulbs far exceed that standard while now being price-competitive with older technology.
For home use, most incandescent bulbs were always dimmable. When CFL bulbs were first used for energy efficiency, that technology was not dimmable. Needless to say, that might limit their use in many areas where you might want to vary the amount of light. Most LED bulbs are dimmable, eliminating that issue.
LED bulbs create far less heat than incandescent, which makes it easier to fit more lights into tighter spaces without concern over fire risk or shut off from overheating.
LED lights are incredibly efficient. They cut energy use over 80% over using incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. Think about that when you consider recessed lighting in a 30-foot high great-room ceiling. Go ahead and use those lights, you may never have to replace them!
The technology of LED lends itself well to integration into different types of lighting that just isn’t possible with incandescent or CFL technology. LED lights can also be made to change color. You can add drama to an indoor scene or outdoor landscape with color LED lighting. With some LED lighting, you can adjust white color temperature, going from cooler to warmer white light depending on the room or time of day.
If you are retrofitting, it’s easy to find bulbs that go into older recessed fixtures. And if new fixtures are warranted, ones with integrated LED lights are now very cost effective.
Speaking of cost-effectiveness and design considerations, low voltage lighting and LED technology make a great combination. Low voltage has always been popular for landscape lighting, partly because low voltage wiring was easier to work with and had decreased electrocution risk in wet areas. LED and low voltage together now make an energy efficient, cost-effective solution for outside lighting for decks, patios, and landscapes with long-lasting lights. Inside the home, the combination offers new possibilities for accent lights, under counter lights, better closet lighting, and many other applications.
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