By now, you’ve probably heard it all and seen it all about LED lighting. You’ve made your mind up, that’s fine. Is it time to revisit the option? Survey says it is. Since its release into the consumer market, the LED’s have seen a number of style, functionality and technology updates. It’s probably the right time to say goodbye to the traditional light bulb.
The Obvious Reasons. LED’s are more energy efficient than traditional bulbs which mean you end up saving money in the long term. LED’s have a longer life – the bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation of up to 100.000 hours which roughly translates to around 11 years of continuous operation. Not that anyone would leave a light on for that long. LED’s are ecologically sound – they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable.
Prices Have Dropped. Now that the LED lighting market has grown, the prices of bulbs and fixtures have gone down so the upfront cost of setting it up with a licenced electrician contractor has followed suit. It can’t hurt to browse through a few options to see whether any simultaneously catch your eye and fit in your price range.
It’s Trendy. LED is cool and looks like it’s here to stay. A quick keyword search on Pinterest will bring you a multitude of photos of dream homes and commercial buildings who look better for having updated their lighting. The newer versions of LED can work to update the style of any room, a wardrobe and can cater to a wide range of style preferences.
It’s More Natural Looking. LED lighting has come a long way. Early LED products emitted a sterile or blue light – similar to office or hospital lighting. In today’s marketplace, most LED’s tend to mimic incandescent lighting so it’s hard to tell them apart. Newer LED is available in smaller sizes and is a far cry from the older, clunky LED lighting fixtures of the past. Newer and smaller LED’s are now able to complement countless surface areas as they are available in a variety of sizes, switches and dimmers.
Get Connected. The next trend in lighting is connectivity. Consumers will be able to control the lighting fixtures in every room of the house simply by using an app on their smartphone. In the same vein as a ‘smart home’ but with accessibility limited to your home lighting. Companies currently working in this arena are Lutron, Leviton, and legrand.