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LED Lighting

March 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · LED Lighting

LED lighting has been around since the 1960s, but only recently been used in residential settings.  There are both pros and cons to LED usage, just as there are pros and cons with other choices in residential lighting.

LED lighting is a great option for single directional lighting, such as task, reading or under cabinet lighting.  There are options for outdoor, using waterproof fixtures.  Since there is little heat from the bulb; no bugs are attracted to the light.  With these types of usage, LED lighting is more heat resistant than fluorescents or incandescent lighting.  Obviously, the biggest advantage is the low consumption of energy.

Below is a chandelier using a modern touch to a traditional incandescent type lighting need.  This type of chandelier is a great value if the lighting is frequently on or turned off and on regularly.  The wattage of the lighting would use approximately 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Copenhaven Brushed Nickel Four-Light LED ChandelierThe top fixture below would be best used in a hallway or stairway.  It is battery operated, so no additional wiring is needed on this fixture.   The fixture on the bottom is an under cabinet light and is a great option for any kitchen by adding more lighting for completion of kitchen related tasks.

Battery Powered LED Conical Frosted Marbleized Wall SconceWhite Recessed/Surface Mount LED Warm White Light, Set of Three

Another use of LED lighting that has become more affordable recently is seasonal lighting, LED lighting for Christmas trees or outdoor warm-weather lighting.  These types of seasonal lighting needs will becomes more cost-effect as more options are available for more manufactures.

7.5 Foot Marshall Spruce Medium Artificial Tree With Clear LED LightsVintage Park LED Deck Light The biggest challenge with LED lighting is the expense retrofitting existing fixtures.  Another challenge is ensuring you buy a fixture that can utilize replaceable bulbs; otherwise, you will have to replace the entire fixture when the bulbs have reached the end of their lifespan.

The lifespan of a LED bulb is probably one of the greatest benefits of an LED fixture, which is approximately 50,000 hours.  The other is that the bulbs do not contain mercury, so no special handling needs to be implemented to dispose of the product, once the lifetime of the bulb ends.

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  • Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS

    You raise many good points about LED. Here are a couple of other kitchen and bath design applications for them:

    1) Accent and “night” lighting below countertops
    2) Accent Lighting behind full-height backsplashes
    3) Task and accent lighting within cabinets

    I think the pros far outweigh the cons. There are already remodeler sets for recessed cans that are coming down in price. Sooner, rather than later, I’m sure, will be replacement kits.

    Thanks for sharing such great info!