Using energy efficient lighting in your home is important for a variety of reasons. One of my favorite reasons for using LED lights in home remodel projects is that LEDs do not produce heat like other light sources, such as halogen, incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. In several Pompano Beach Kitchen remodel projects, we use LED recessed downlights in ceilings. In the event that the ceiling is concrete, we build a soffit to accommodate the LED recessed downlights. The great thing about using recessed downlighting in a kitchen remodel or a bathroom remodel is that the fixture hugs the ceiling and does not take up much space since the fixture is so low profile.
There are so many options to choose from in LED lighting, but you first need to know some terminology about LED lighting. First and foremost, LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. According to Wikipedia the actual definition of LED means the following:
A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-leadsemiconductorlight source. When a suitable voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence, and the color of the light is determined by the energy band gap of the semiconductor.
When you are considering the purchase of LED bulbs vs. Halogen or Fluorescent or incandescent bulbs, you may be surprised by the large disparity in pricing between the various types. LEDs are more expensive on the front end, but they save you a lot over the lifetime of the product. There are several advantages of LEDs over its competitors. Take a look at the following list of reasons, why an LED bulb is a great purchase option over its competition:
- LEDs have Low power consumption
- LEDs have high efficiency level
- LEDs last a long lifetime
- LEDs offer continuous dimming combined with an ECG
- LEDs come in smallest possible dimensions
- LEDs have have immediate light at switching on
- LEDs have wide operating temperature range
- LEDs have high impact and vibration resistance
- LEDs have no UV or IR radiation
- LEDs have high color saturation level without filtering
- LEDs are Mercury-free
LED brightness is measured in lumens instead of watts. A lumen is a unit of light flow. Manufacturers provide lumen ratings of a light which gives a measure of the total light output of the light. The more lumens, the brighter the light. Since 2012, labels on the light bulb packages provide information on a bulb’s brightness in lumens, instead of just providing the bulb’s energy usage in watts. This is a lot to process and can be very confusing to the average consumer or homeowner.
Here is a chart that can help you understand visually how to determine lighting for LEDs.
Click on the following for more information:
Understanding LED – Wikipedia
Energy Efficient Lighting – Earth Easy
Learn about LEDs – Energy Star