All About LED Lighting
Lighting may not be the first thing you think about when you are redesigning a room, but it’s so crucial to finishing off a space. There’s a lot going on in the world of lighting now and I wanted to share a few details about LED lighting so that you are current on some of the latest innovation.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is becoming more popular due to it’s energy efficiency, compact size, longevity and reliability. Sounds great, right? Let’s look at some of the pros of LED lighting and see what lovely fixtures are out there for inside and outside of your home.
The first thing you may notice when shopping for LED bulbs is that they cost more than other types of bulbs. But, as they say, you get what you pay for and in this case you get A LOT.
LED lights use less energy. In fact, they use about 25 percent less power than an incandescent light. They are also considered eco-friendly because they don’t contain gases or emit harmful UV rays, which means once they expire you can recycle them. Better for the environment and your electric bill—check!
Unlike other bulbs, LEDs and fixtures with integrated LEDs come with a warranty. The warranties vary by manufacturer, but are usually 5 – 15 years. This is a solid product.
You know that large chandelier that you have hanging in your two story foyer? If it has an integrated LED chances are you will not have to change that bulb for about 18 years. Yes, 18 years, at which point you will want a new look anyway. LEDs last much longer than incandescent bulbs, with a lifespan of 40,000 plus hours. That equals 18 years with 6 hours of daily use.
LED bulbs are now coated to give off a closer to “white” light versus “blue” light and can be found in a full spectrum natural light bulb too, giving you that “warm light” look. I also love that LEDs are dimmable. This is key to setting a mood in your home and I encourage you to add dimmers to every light you can. LEDs are also immediately bright when you turn them on, there is no waiting for them to get to full brightness.
Style isn’t everything when it comes to lighting, but when I’m presenting lighting options to clients, I want attractive options and LEDs are now coming in stunning fixtures. You can find LEDs in everything from chandeliers, pendants and sconces to outdoor styles.
If you haven’t considered LEDs in the past due to the cost or limitations, I urge you to reconsider them. They have come a long way and the costs continue to go down every year. LED lights are a smart lighting options for your home’s interior and exterior lighting choices. Have you used LED lights? Tell me about it below.