LED Lighting – The Ultimate and Practical Design Solution
LED (light emitting diodes) lighting creates a wonderful ambiance in your home. The diversity of the bulbs available gives you the flexibility of replacing your down lights, cabinet lighting, lamps, track lighting and outdoor lighting with LED bulbs.
The color rendition (CRI – color rendering index) of LED light bulbs is of the highest quality of light and purity to render colors correctly. That translates into rich, saturated color to accentuate all your finishes – fabrics, flooring, stone and painted surfaces. The enhancement of art and sculpture is breathtaking.
Besides creating beautiful sources of light, the LED is the most energy efficient and low maintenance of all light bulbs. The projected life span of LED bulbs is 50,000 hours.
CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light) is 10,000 hours and incandescent light bulbs only last for 1,200 hours. The kwh(kilowatt hours) of electricity used over a 50,000 hour time span is 300 kwh for LED bulbs; 700 kwh for CFL bulbs; and 3,000 kwh for incandescent bulbs. Thus, the cost of electricity, based on $0.20 per kwh is only $60 over 50,000 hours of use for LED bulbs versus $140 for CFL bulbs and $600 for incandescent bulbs.
Some manufacturers claim the new LED bulbs can last up to 25 years under normal household use. Not replacing a light bulb – what a concept – yeah!
There are also several LED bulb manufacturers that offer dimmable LED bulbs. Presently, they cost about 40% more than the non-dimmable LED bulbs.
In addition to being energy efficient, the LED bulbs are very safe for your environment. Unlike CFL bulbs, LED bulbs contain no mercury. CFL bulbs are also very fragile and if the bulb breaks, your home and family are exposed to mercury. If CFL bulbs are not recycled properly, the mercury will pollute our precious environment. Toxic side effects include cancer and deformities. Many lighting distributors and companies have discontinued selling CFL bulbs because they are so toxic for our environment.
If you have some in your home and you do not like the light quality they produce, move them to utilitarian areas, like mechanical rooms, storage rooms and garages. Remember, when they burn out, carefully remove them and bring them to any Home Depot. They have dedicated recycling bins for CFL bulb disposal.
As demand grows for beautiful, energy efficient LED bulbs, the price point will continue to decrease. Even at current cost, the transition to LED bulbs is the ultimate design solution for your home.