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Your Guide To LED Lighting

We need to do everything that we can to protect the environment and in this regard Led lighting is the way forward. You can use LED type lighting in all the rooms of your home. There have been a lot of advancements with LED technology recently and now the performance of the lighting is far superior to it used to be.

Why you need to go for LED Lighting

If you didn’t already know, LED is an acronym of a light emitting diode. LED’s are a lot more efficient than traditional incandescent lights. They will last a lot longer, are a lot more durable and are over 5 times more efficient. An LED bulb will usually only consume between 2 to 10 watts of electricity.

You measure the brightness of LED lighting in lumens rather than watts used for incandescent lighting. It will cost you more initially to go with LED lights but you will gain in the long run because they last a lot longer.

LED’s are compact in size and this means that there is a great deal of flexibility in the design of the lighting. Different shapes and silhouettes are available now that were just not possible to create with the older lighting technology.

An incandescent light will quickly get hot but an LED light will not. An LED converts electrical current into the light and there is very little heat build up with this process. Some old lighting used mercury and you will never find this in LED lights.

An LED will not suddenly burn out like an incandescent light. Over a long period of time, LED’s will gradually dim as they reach the end of their lifespan. On the subject of dimming, it is now possible to dim LED lights just as you could with traditional lighting.

LED Lighting Efficiency

When you use LED’s for your lighting you will really get an efficient solution. As we already said, LED lights are over 5 times more efficient than incandescent lights. They will only use around 20% of the electricity as well to provide the same degree of lighting.

If you choose high quality LED lamp then you can expect it to last between 20,000 and 50,000 hours. So if on average you used an LED lamp for 6 hours each day it is going to last you around 20 years. How long does a traditional incandescent light last?

How about Brightness?

You measure the brightness of an LED light in lumens compared to traditional lighting measured in watts. LED lights and fluorescent lights consume a lot less energy to provide similar light levels as halogen and incandescent lights.

Here is a quick conversion. If you use a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb it will provide 800 lumens of light. An LED light that provides 800 lumens of light will only consume around 13 to 15 watts. That’s a significant difference.

How you can best use LED Lighting

With today’s technology, you can use LED lights in every room in your home and even outside. You can now buy an LED dining room chandelier and many other fancy forms of LED lights.

A significant advantage of LED lights is that they have very good directionality. This means that they are great to use for the following applications:

  • Cove lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Lamps for reading and other tasks
  • Lighting under cabinets
  • The lighting of stairs and walkways
  • Lighting in hard to reach places (you don’t have to change an LED bulb)
  • Lighting for art (incandescent lights and fluorescent lights produce UV radiation which can harm artwork. LED lights do not produce this radiation so are totally safe)

We can help you with your LED Lighting

We realize that making the transition from traditional lighting to LED lighting requires a lot of thought and planning. This is where our knowledge and expertise with LED lights will really benefit you. Contact us here today so that we can talk about what you will need.

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