Your kitchen can be one of the most difficult rooms in your home to find the right lighting source for. This is primarily because your kitchen can be one of the most multi-functional spaces within your home. You need to be able to produce focused lighting that is bright enough to read and cook by, while maintaining the ability to create the right ambient lighting to dine by. Fortunately, LED lighting offers you the ability to do all of this and more. What is LED lighting and what are the benefits? Here are a few points to ponder.
What Is LED Lighting?
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are not new technology. If you look around your home, you are probably already using them in several different forms that you may not even realize. They can be found in:
- Digital clocks
- Cell phones
- Television screens
- Christmas lights and more
You may even already be using them in your kitchen, especially if you are using any type of under-cabinet or strip lighting. Although these types of lights have been integrated into many different aspects throughout your home, they are just catching on as a traditional lighting source.
Unlike traditional incandescent lighting or CFL lighting, LEDs do not depend upon a vacuum or or gas in order to work. They produce light by moving electrons around within a built-in semi-conductor that has both positively charged and negatively charged components. When the electrons flow between the positive and negative layers of the semi-conductor, they put off light which then shines through small built-in holes.
What Are The Benefits Of LED Lighting?
Longer Life Spans - Because they do not have a filament or depend on gas, LED lights do not get hot, and they last much longer than other sources of lighting. Many types of LEDs are rated to last approximately 50,000 hours. This means that they could possibly perform longer than 50 incandescent light bulbs, 20 - 25 halogen bulbs or 8 - 10 CFL bulbs.
While this can be advantageous in any room in your home, it can be even more advantageous in your kitchen where many people choose to leave a low level light on for longer hours. Even if you choose to leave a LED light on in your kitchen 24 hours per day, 50,000 hours will give you approximately 5.5 years of lighting prior to it having to be changed.
Energy Efficient - In addition to being long lasting, LED lighting can help you to reduce the overall energy use in your home. It is one of the most energy-efficient types of lighting on the market and has been shown to produce energy savings of at least 75% over traditional incandescent lighting.
Easily Adaptable - Because the technology that makes up LED lighting is so small, it comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This means that you can find bulbs that will allow you to install them under your counters, in your recessed cans, as well as in your pendants hanging over your kitchen table. Also, because of their potential strength and small size, they can produce more light from a much smaller footprint. If you want to install recessed lighting, you are no longer limited to the look of large cans. LED lighting will give you the illumination you need from a space that you may not even be able to see once the lights are turned down low.
LED lighting gets even better and when you combine it with total lighting control that you can easily perform from a small panel in your kitchen or even from your smart phone. Not only will this allow you to choose the level of lighting you need at any given time, it can produce even higher energy savings, which will mean more money in your pocket at the end of the day.
If you have looked over LED lighting in the past due to it being too blue or too cold, you owe it to yourself to take another look at the products that are now available on the market. Improvements in technology have produced more color choices, as well as ways to tone down the blue tones of the past. You may be pleasantly surprised at the many options you can now find. Contact a residential electrician to find out more.