Using LEDs is a Great Way to Bring Your Home Up to the Next Level and Save Money!
Think of where you have lighting in your home. On the inside, you most likely have some rooms with ceiling lights – can lights, a lighting fixture, a ceiling fan with lights, a light with vent fan – and others with actual lamps. On the outside, you probably have an outdoor porch or front door light, garage door lights, and maybe a backdoor or deck light. The choices for lighting today are numerous. Moreover, actual light bulbs, especially LED lights, are cheaper, last longer, and use less energy! So, how do you know what type of lighting to use inside and outside of your home? Here are a few important tips to start you on your way.
Interior Lighting Trends
In today’s housing market, new homes have various different types of lighting including: pendant lights, industrial lighting, 1950’s style geometric shaped lights, and lighting with soft gold finishes. Pendant lighting works best in areas that have high ceilings, such as in the kitchen over counters and a living/great room. Industrial lighting like that found in older factories works with rustic décor as well as one with a minimalist theme. Nineteen fifties inspired lighting of geometric shapes also works effectively in rooms with clean lines. And, lighting with soft gold finishes is now on-trend and in-style that matches most home décor.
Exterior Lighting Trends
Adding and enhancing lighting on the exterior of your home can make it look very dramatic at night. External lighting also provides an extra level of security. You can place external lighting strategically around your home, including in the backyard. Outdoor lighting can be bright, highlighting the architectural elements of the exterior of your home or it can be softer, mimicking moonlight. To accomplish the latter, install lights in higher places, such as underneath a porch or under the eaves of your home. Pointing lights downward gives off a softer glow.
You can also install lighting in and around hardscape features. For example, you can embed or add lights on stonewalls, fences, or in stairs. Searching online or visiting your local lighting or hardware store will provide you with a wide range of hardscape lighting options such as small rectangular lights you can install in outdoor walls and fencing, as well as lights that can be installed on top of fences or deck rail posts. These lights are typically solar powered so it also saves you money! Lighting like this illuminates walkways and paths while giving off warmth to your surroundings.
Save Energy with LEDs
Once you have selected and installed your new lighting fixtures, do not use regular, traditional light bulbs. Instead, add LED lights to your lamps, etc. LED lights last longer, are cheaper, and use a lot less energy than traditional light bulbs. LED stands for light emitting diode. You can purchase an LED light bulb for around $1.90 USD.
Discovered or invented in 1907 by H.J. Round, the LED light bulb has evolved significantly over time. At first, in the early 1960s, LEDs only emitted red light. Where once they were used on small electronic devices, such as remote controls to indicate whether the device was on or off or some other type of indication, today LED lights are used almost everywhere! You might see LEDs used in your car’s headlamps, on traffic signals, in aircraft, as well as everyday lighting in homes and offices. In addition to being cost effective, LED lights are much more environmentally friendly than older style light bulbs.
Watts to Lumens
When purchasing LEDs you will need to convert the former light bulb brightness in terms of standard incandescent lighting also referred to as WATTS and Lumens as the brightness of an LED is categorized this way. For example, you may be used to purchasing light bulbs in terms of 60W, 75W or 100W. In comparison, LED light Lumens would respectively be 800 lumens, 1110 lumens, and 1600 lumens. For in-home use, most homeowners purchase the 800 lumen light bulb as it is similar to the 60W one. It is estimated that one LED light bulb may last more than 20 years with average daily use!
In addition to classifying LEDs according to lumens, LEDs also have warmth or temperature factors. Color temperature of an LED can range from 1,800 K (which is equivalent to a flame of a candle) to over 10,000K (which is light on a clear day). Most homeowners choose to install LEDs that are 2700K as it provides a good quality of light for being indoors.
And, LEDs can also be set against a CRI or Color Rendering Index. Poor lighting will have a CRI under 60, while excellent lighting, like the type you see in stores and conference rooms will be over 80. LEDs for home use will be in the 60 to 80 CRI range.
You can also get real fancy and creative by installing LEDs that can change colors! Using these types of LED light bulbs, you can set a mood in a living room and a different one in the kitchen. Fun to play with and very easy to install, you can control lighting through your smart phone.
Why purchase LED lighting for your home? Simple – it is the best type of lighting on the market today! Exceptionally lower priced, lasts a very long time, uses significantly lower energy than older style light bulbs, environmentally friendly, plus they are very versatile!
You can install LEDs in interior and exterior lighting fixtures! This enables you to change the color of your lighting both inside and outside of your home. Working with a professional interior or exterior lighting expert, you can create different dramatic or softer effects.
If you have not begun to convert your light bulbs to LED, now is the time to do it! You will be glad you did and wonder why it took you so long to change.