LED lighting is the lighting method of the future
While LEDs are more expensive than traditional light bulbs, they are well worth the cost. They have also significantly come down in price in the past few years. They can cost anywhere from about 10 to 100 dollars. However, the catch is that you literally never have to replace them. They can last for more than twenty years. These lights can actually last for about 50,000 hours, and save up to 85% in energy savings. LEDs can end up saving you a great deal of money.
These lights are impressively bright. If you are having a hard time grasping how bright these lights actually are, think of the electronics in your home. TVs and computer screens use LEDs. A television can light up a dark room by itself. That's the power of these lights. A few light bulbs can completely illuminate a room by themselves.
There are so many more LED options than there originally were. You can not only put them inside your home, but you can also install them in the outdoor areas of your home. LED lights are great for under cabinet lighting in your kitchen, spotlights in the home, or spotlights for the exterior of the home.
There are three things you must consider when working with LED lights. The first thing you should consider is brightness. Although you need a bright light in your home, don't flood the space with light. Brightness for LED lights is quite different than a standard halogen bulb. For example a 5 watt LED is equivalent in brightness to a 50 watt halogen. Also consider the color temperature. Consider how cool, blue, warm, or yellow you want the light to be. Different spaces will require different colored LEDs. LEDs generally have a bluish tint. However, if you're willing to spend a little more money, you can get a warmer colored light. Cooler 'white' light is a newer technology. White light is perfect for task lighting. Warm light is ideal for accent or small area lighting. The beam angle is also something you should consider. Decide whether or not you want the light to shine down directly vertical, or if you want to beam the light at an angle from a spot light.
Some additional things you might want to consider when selecting an LED light are whether or not you want a dimmable light or a standard one. Dimmable lights are nice because you have the option to have less light and they save a lot of energy. Also keep in mind that you should look for quality LED lights. Quality lights will last the longest, compared to cheaper options that burn out prematurely. If you're worried about buying the wrong LED, look at the label. Energy Star and FCC are brands you can trust.
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