LED lighting can have many benefits but even greater benefits if you understand the product, energy savings, safety benefits and correct applications for the product.
It may seem a little overwhelming on understanding what is best for your home/office but the thought process is quite simple.
Understanding the product
LED lighting comes in many varying products but several items remain the same and are the most important regardless of which product you use.
Color Spectrum: all lighting can emit different color spectrum. Most commonly, residential homes have “soft white” lighting due to its warm inviting look. “Soft white” is the light yellowish color spectrum most standard incandescent light bulbs emit. LED bulbs can emit many colors but most LED’s for residential environment emit from “soft white” to “daylight” which is your bright white light. Good applications for “daylight” light are for laundry, closet, office, etc. where the light is needed for detailed work.
“Daylight” lighting is not a warm and inviting look so color spectrum of your lighting is very important and should be your first consideration when purchasing an LED product.
Dimming capability: if the application for your product will require dimming function, you will need to ensure the LED product is capable of dimming. In addition, it may require a different dimmer then the existing dimmer you have as it may not be compatible for proper LED dimming.
Safety Benefits / Energy Savings
Led products offer great energy savings and safety benefits. The greatest safety benefit it provides is preventing the dangers for needing to climb a ladder to replace bulbs. Generally, you should expect 10 year life from an LED bulb/product and hopefully 20 year life. Think of the amount of times you are required to take out a ladder, safely traverse to the working area and back with the ladder and climb the ladder to change the bulb. The amount of time, energy and danger alone makes purchasing LED bulbs for the highest fixtures in/outside your home absolutely essential. Quite frankly, just the time it takes alone to maintain incandescent lighting makes for considering converting to LED lighting throughout the home.
Energy savings can be very large over the lifetime of a LED bulb. Generally, they use 6- 8 times less energy then regular bulbs. The best way to describe it over a 10 year period considering cost of product, how many times you would need to change the bulb and energy used comes down to this fact. After year 4-5 the LED bulb could be left on 24/7 for the next 5-6 years and you would still use less energy then if you had kept using the regular incandescent bulb. Include the safety benefit and maintenance time saved, it is our best/only option without argument.
If you understand the color spectrum needs, dimming capability needs, height, location of fixture/fixtures you already understand the need to find the correct product. For any lighting installation such as general lighting, under cabinet lighting, outdoor lighting, etc., there is a product that is perfect for you to meet energy savings, safety benefits and providing beautiful lighting needs.
We understand LED lighting very well. Let us know if we can help you meet the challenges of smart, sensible conversion to LED lighting.