Residential Lighting

Residential Lighting

The Benefits of Switching to LEDs

There are a variety of ways to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but making the switch to LEDs is one of the simplest changes you can make. LEDs provide an assortment of benefits and can make a huge impact on your home. LEDs are cost-effective, energy efficient, long lasting, and free of toxic materials.

One of the best reasons to make the switch to LEDs is that they are energy efficient. With 80% less energy consumption LED lights will help you save on your electric bill over traditional bulb types. LEDs don’t waste power in the form of heat; all of the power goes toward emitting light. This, in turn, saves power, cuts costs, and can even reduce the temperature of your home during the hotter months.

LEDs not only help save in power costs, but they also help save in replacement and maintenance costs. They last around 48,000 hours longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs and require less maintenance over the course of their lifetime. Our products also come backed by extended warranties, which is a first in the lighting industry. Traditional lighting sources like halogens, incandescents, and HIDs typically would not come with warranties.

Lumens and Comparable Wattage

In the past, wattage was a deciding factor in the purchasing process of lightbulbs and lighting fixtures. Wattage would determine the “brightness” of a bulb or lighting fixture. However, as technology advanced into LEDs using wattage as a brightness calculator was no longer an accurate rating.

Lumens have become the standard in specifying the brightness of LEDs. Lumens are the measure of the total amount of light from an LED bulb or fixture. So, the higher the lumen rating the brighter the bulb or fixture will be. LEDs can achieve more light output at a fraction of the power consumption than traditional incandescents. For example, an 8.5 watt LED bulb can achieve the same lumen output as a traditional 60 watt incandescent bulb (the most common lightbulb used in homes).

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Light Hues and Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)

CCT determines how yellow or blue the hue of the light emitted from a bulb or fixture is. CCT is measured in the unit Kelvin (K) and most commonly can vary anywhere from 2000K to 6500K for residential applications. With LEDs, you have the ability to pick from many CCTs, whereas traditional light sources had limited choices. Traditionally most incandescents had a warm hue and a low CCT.

Warm White (soft white) bulbs and fixtures have a low CCT, around 2000K-3500K, and feature a more yellow/orange hue. Natural White (bright white) bulbs or fixtures have an average CCT, around 3600K-5000K, and feature a neutral white hue. Lastly, Cool White (daylight) bulbs or fixtures have a high CCT, around 5100K-6500K, and feature a blue/white hue.

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Bulb and Fixture Dimmability

Dimmable LED bulbs and fixtures allow you to adjust the intensity of the light being emitted. Having the ability to dim your lights allows you to create different mood settings or reduce eye strain when you don’t need a lot of light. However, dimming is not just used for changing the mood of a room. By using dimmable bulbs and fixtures, you can dim an LED which allows it to use less power. Over time, this can help save on your power bill and will also help extend the already long life of your bulb or fixture.