How to choose the right LED lights for your home
This entry was posted on 29 March 2016.
The importance of choosing the right lighting for your home can’t be understated. Creating the perfect setting remains ever-important and with a range of stylish and sophisticated light fixtures to pick from, you’ll have the chance to set a unique appeal for each room.
With so many options to consider though, you can be forgiven for struggling to decide on the right type of light fixture. However, no matter what you’re looking for, LED bulbs should now be in your thinking.
LED lights have come on leaps and bounds over the years, now producing a wonderful light for your home that’s ideal for almost any environment. You only have to directly compare them to a traditional CFL to see their brilliance. LEDs offer instant illumination, whilst CFLs take their time warming up. However, what remains important is choosing the right quality of lighting. All manufacturers will promise unprecedented excellence, but it’s vital to buy from a reputable supplier so you can be sure of the performance.
Let’s take a closer look at the major benefits of choosing LED lights for your home.
The first major benefit of opting for LED lighting is the lengthy lifespan it offers. In fact, high quality LED lights have a life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours, whereas your standard bulb would likely need replacing around the 1,500-hour mark.
However please note, the number of hours quoted isn’t a guarantee the LED bulb will last that period of time. This value is the average number of hours the bulb will last, so after 50,000 hours, half of the bulbs would have failed. KES Lighting would always recommend purchasing LED bulbs with a guarantee - normally 3 or 5 years - so as long as you have your original receipt, faulty bulbs can be replaced.
Also, as most bulb types such as Bayonet, Edison screw and G9 now come in a LED version, they are easy to change without the need for an electrician.
As with anything, there’s a major difference between low and high quality fixtures. There is no cheap shortcut and to benefit from superb LED lighting you’ll need to pay the premium. This isn’t going to break the bank but still, it’s important not to skimp. The quality will vary on factors such as efficiency, output and colour – so it really pays to invest your money well.
Traditionally, the UK has used yellow light to make winters feel a bit warmer, but choice of colour is all about personal preference. If you want a modern, clean look, you may prefer the brighter appeal of cool white.
Although it may not be a benefit you instantly consider, this is certainly one of the strongest arguments in support of LEDs. Without a shadow of a doubt, LED bulbs are safer than your typical lighting source.
Why? Because they don’t produce the same level of heat and are therefore, cool to touch. An LED bulb will in fact produce only 3.4 BTU/hr (British Thermal Unit) compared to an incandescent bulb’s 85. This of course reduces the risk of both burns and potential fires.
Most people are starting to consider how environmentally friendly they are and it’s now more common than ever before to put environmental concerns to the forefront of everyday thinking. From recycling to just cycling, eco-friendliness is now a priority for many.
So, you’ll likely be pleased to know that LEDs are made from non-toxic materials. On the other hand, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which is hazardous to the environment. Plus, LED bulbs are recyclable and experts consider them a ‘green’ product.
Where should I install LED lighting?
If you’re giving consideration to LED lighting in the home, you’ll want to know the best places to install a fitting. From table lamps and wall lights to recessed spotlights and outdoor units, there are plenty of superb options.
1. Those hard-to-reach places: Thanks to the longevity of LED bulbs, it makes perfect sense to fit them in those areas that are difficult to reach or access. Rather than an incandescent bulb blowing every 1,000 hours, fit an LED replacement and save yourself the hassle. This would include recessed fittings and pendant lamps.
2. Well used spaces: Again, due to the long lifespan of LEDs, they’re perfect for areas you use regularly. LED bulbs can last up to 40 or 50 times longer than a standard incandescent, so of course will save you money over time. The living room and kitchen are two examples of areas you’ll frequently use and where LEDs would be appropriate.
3. For your outside lighting: Halogen bulbs have always been popular for use outside, but the major problem is they produce intense heat and burn out quickly. This isn’t handy when you’re forever replacing bulbs. LEDs are therefore a viable solution for your exterior lighting, using less energy and being a sustainable alternative.
4. Highlight your home’s features: LED lights are fabulous for highlighting your home’s wonders, whether this be architectural or artistic. LED bulbs are designed to be small and unobtrusive, so won’t take centre stage in your property. Instead, they’ll present your home’s finer features in the most natural way possible.
5. As task lighting: Task lighting is designed to do exactly what the name would suggest – to provide better illumination for areas you would carry out tasks. This would include your kitchen workspace. The clean light of LEDs makes them ideal for task lighting and will help reduce the strain on your eyes, with bright and clear illumination.
As you can see, there are a number of clear benefits for switching your incandescent bulbs to LEDs and plenty of examples for where LED fittings would be superior. If you’re interested in LED lights for your home, order online or get in touch with the KES team for more information. Call today on 02476 317022.