Benefits Of Residential LED Lights

Reams of print and several hours of TV time have been devoted to driving home the point about LED lighting’s energy saving potential, as well as the fact that these lights tend to just go on and on, unlike the earlier fluorescent lamps. There are however certain lesser known facts about the LEDs that adorn your house that you may not be aware off. Knowing them will make you an even bigger fan of LEDs.

Instant light
Ever noticed how LED lights come on with 100% light the moment they are switched on, which is not the case with most of the fluorescent lamps. In fact, with the later there are instances when you need to wait for as long as three to four minutes for the full brightness to light up your rooms. No such need with the LED. Switch on and voila! What have you? Enjoy the rooms of your house come to life in an instant.

‘Smart’ lights
In this day and age of smart technologies, can LED lights be far behind? The new age control systems that come these days enable dimming of LED light output by as much as 10 per cent, something that was until now unheard of with fluorescent. This option gives you to the freedom to customize the light pattern around your home according to your wish.

No IR Emissions
While almost everyone knows that LED bulbs are energy efficient and environment friendly, not many know that they don’t emit harmful infrared (IR) or ultraviolet radiation (UV). In fact, you will be surprised to know that in the case of incandescent lamps less than 10 per cent of the electricity is actually converted into light. A good majority of the energy is converted into UV and IR. With LEDs, you need not worry about such emissions inside your home since the amount of IR or UV emissions with them is almost negligible.

Chilled out
Unlike the case with incandescent lamps, LEDs just seem to love the cold environment. They don’t require a higher voltage to start at low temperatures unlike the former. In fact, with them it is the opposite. Their performance jumps as temperatures reduce. This makes them the right choice for the refrigerator inside your house or for the lighting around your garage outdoors.

Soft LED Kitchen Lighting

Soft LED kitchen lightingThere are many ways to light a kitchen; numerous design possibilities and products. It is not necessary to install overly bright or sterile fluorescents that make you feel unwell after an hour of food preparation and cooking. You still need good lighting and you would probably love it if your bulbs were efficient too. Consider LED kitchen lighting if you are still using traditional bulbs.

The initial cost of LED bulbs is marginally more at the outset, but remember they last much longer and cost far less to operate than even CFL bulbs. Since they are so much more efficient than any other kinds of bulbs, they are far less expensive to run. They last much longer, meaning you are going to be less wasteful. Their efficiency allows them to burn cooler so they are far safer too, while they tend to be more durable than ordinary lights. Plus they do not contain any mercury so they are much safer.

You will appreciate the warmth of the lighting. Although you can choose a style that is perfectly bright enough for the area where you do most of your chopping and slicing, the clean adjustable light will still be just right, not a glare that makes your eyes hurt.

Two of the most convenient forms of LED kitchen lighting are strip lighting and long, narrow lamps. LED bulbs are very small so they lend themselves to either format. A lamp can be built into a ceiling or wall sconce, suspended from your ceiling to a desired height, or supported from the counter upwards and designed to hang slightly away from the wall. You get the light exactly where you want it in every instance.

Warm white light is not just for practical purposes like as cooking. You might like to install LED strip lights in areas of the kitchen where there are items for display. Install them inside the glass cupboard where you keep your china or above an antique appliance. Place them along the bottoms of cupboards to offer a welcoming, guiding presence late at night. Strip lights are flexible so you can adjust them to take a corner or a curve. They are also flat, so the fixture disappears while its glow shines through. Strip lights are also helpful in the dark recesses of a deep cupboard, such as your Lazy Susan, where bottles and jars have a tendency to hide.

For areas of the kitchen that get wet, such as right behind the sink, there are waterproof strip lights. Gain that extra feeling of security knowing that your LED kitchen lighting will not shatter if exposed to cold water, or cause an electrical accident. Use these to enhance a water feature in your kitchen or somewhere else in your home such as a soothing indoor fountain.

Most Popular Places To Use Stair Lighting

stair lightingThere are a number of different types of stair lighting systems, but the one that most homeowners use just consists of individual strip lights that can be attached to the bottoms of the stairs. They go under the slight lip at the top of the stair, meaning that they are mostly hidden from the naked eye, even when you are going up the stairs. All that you see is the warm glow illuminating your path. Below are the most common places where people you these types of lights. It is interesting to see how others have used them to change the appearance and functionality of their homes.

On Garage Stairs

The number one place where people use stair lighting systems is on the stairs that lead out to the garage. The reason for this is that more trips are made into or out of the garage in the dark than in any part of the home. When you get home and get out of your car, carrying a late-night load of groceries, you probably do not have any way to turn on the lights that are by the front door. You just have to stumble across the dark room, looking for the concrete stairs with your feet. If they have their own lighting, you can protect yourself from tripping and falling in the dark.

On the Back Porch

It can be great to sit out in your backyard on a summer night, looking at the stars as dusk falls. However, when you decide to go back inside and go to bed, the walk up the wooden steps can be rather treacherous. Unless you have remembered to turn the interior light on beforehand, you won’t be able to see. If you have turned the light on, your peaceful view of the stars will be interrupted. You need a compromise, something that will make it possible for you to see without obstructing your view and ruining the atmosphere. Strip lights are ideal because they are not overwhelming, and they show you just what you need to see.

On In-Home Stairs

Finally, you could use stair lighting on the main staircase that leads from the living area to the bedrooms. You probably will not want to go upstairs and turn on a light when it is not even dark out, but this means that it will be very dark when you turn off all of the downstairs lights and then try to make your way to bed. Stair lighting makes it so that you can see. The low-powered LED lights can then be turned off when you get upstairs, using a second switch, or they can just be left on all night long.

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