Chances are you are going through a Reno soon or you have started to think about your lighting choices and – having heard all the buzz about LED lighting – wondered if that was a good option for you.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.
For more technical definitions, go tohttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode
LED LIGHTING is inexpensive light that burns bright and crisp and has an extremely long life.
Here is my recent experience with LED lighting that may be of help to you:
1) LED lighting technology is constantly changing and improving. For example, an IKEA lamp bulb that was $15.00 two years ago is $3.99 this year. I buy directly from manufacturers and we are all learning at the same time. My use feedbacks and drives manufacturers to supply this technology the way we need it.
2) Because of the consumer demand – many manufactures like Standard and Phillips are competing with lessor-known brands. So ‘buyer beware’ and use reputable distributors and up-to-date designers/electricians for your lighting needs.
3) Do Simple changes first – change out your halogen and standard bulbs for LED bulbs. They need to be a minimum 300-400 lumens each to emit good task light for a kitchen and 700 maximum. 200 lumens is okay for living room lighting.
4) There is a is low profile light called a Glimpse light that can be connected into the ceiling – because the light source is cool it can go into both insulated and uninsulated ceilings and it’s a total thickness of about 1 1/2″. You need to change the entire housing where you don’t have LED bulb compatible pot-lights, and LED emits twice the light.
This Lobby shows where we replaced the compact fluorescent pot lights with compatible LED Lights. Find the right light that works for your specific construction.
LED lights operate on a fraction of the energy used by ordinary bulbs. When you purchase fixtures that are dedicated to an LED system, you do not need to change the bulbs because they are integrated into the whole housing. They usually run on for 10 to 15 years. The whole home’s lighting can operate on less than half the amperage used previously. This result significant cost savings. Here is what my Builder friend Phillip reported back on his use of LEDs in new home and son’s coffee shop:
“I love LEDs. Two years ago I changed out all my lights. Paid for in the 1st year. I lucked out on a sale at Costco. And the light is nicer.
Plus we did the coffee shop lighting all on one circuit. 36 lights, roughly 500 watts with room to spare (less than one 15 amp circuit) , Oh, and a bathroom fan! Normally I would have run 3 circuits. “