When you improve the amount and quality of the lighting in your home, you increase safety, add convenience and set the mood in any room. If you've been watching new technologies and evaluating which to implement, look to LED lighting products to achieve energy savings and increase lighting flexibility. Eliminating incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs could cut your energy use by 80 percent. From bulb replacements to new types of lighting products, LEDs can enhance your home.
Given the wide and growing range of LED replacements for less energy-efficient bulbs, you can implement these solid-state lamps throughout your home as your current incandescent, halogen or fluorescent bulbs stop working. Maintaining a bulb inventory helps you track the types of bulbs you need and where you use them. You can set up a simple spreadsheet on your home computer to enumerate the lumens, or light output, of each current bulb and the date you installed it. When you compare the life span of older bulb technologies with the enduring performance of LED bulbs, you see dramatic proof of LED's superior durability.
Unlike other bulb types that require external reflectors and diffusers to direct and channel light, LED lamps include built-in directionality as part of their electronics. They also support numerous colors of light output from cool to warm, expressed in degrees Kelvin, a measure of color temperature. The higher the color temperature, which ranges from 2,700 to above 4,000 degrees, the cooler the light. Because LEDs come in red, green and blue, not white, manufacturers mix the diodes to produce desired colors, and can coat blue LEDs to produce warmer light output. Some color-shifting techniques make LEDs look less bright.
To take advantage of LEDs' ability to produce warm light without additional accessories, incorporate them in recessed wall or ceiling light fixtures to illuminate an area with an even glow.
Until LED lighting came on the scene, brightening the areas under your kitchen cabinets and bookshelves or the edges of moldings and ceiling details required track lighting, fluorescent tubes or strings of bulbs. LED strips, ropes and tape meet these lighting needs with cut-to-measure flexible light sources married to separate power packs. Some of these products can display switchable light colors, producing special effects for media rooms or to illuminate artwork or collections. Along with their practical applications, you can install them to create an arrangement that becomes a work of art in itself.
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