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The Benefits of LED Lighting


This Greymark Construction kitchen remodel is a 2017 GHBA Houston Best Prism Award winner. The clean and streamlined open concept features Wolf Appliances from Expressions Home Gallery, Brownstone backsplash tile from Walker Zanger and Taj Mahal Quartzite, and Hearthstone countertops. The custom wood island is from Dan’s Custom Wood Working and cabinet hardware is Acero Bella. Architectural Design by Jorge Arreola. Interior Design by Sandra Crook, Greymark Construction. photo – Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

Save on Energy Bills and Enhance Your Decor

When planning your next remodeling project its important to discuss a comprehensive lighting strategy with your contractor. Updating your home from incandescent to LED lighting can save you money while enhancing your home’s ambience inside and out. As well, it will showcase your newly remodeled areas.

The most common places where homeowners are using LED lights are in their kitchen, dining rooms and living rooms. This is because these are the areas where lights stay on for the longest period of time. Therefore, LEDs would be the most beneficial in these areas.

There are many types of LED lights and different modern styles of light fixtures available so finding something to suit your individual taste should not be a problem. Your remodeler can guide you through options available to help you make the appropriate lighting choices.

 

TYPES OF LED LIGHTS FOR HOMES

LED lights for homes last longer, conserve energy and energy costs, are more durable and are available in a variety of colors.

Diffused Bulbs: An excellent choice for areas where the light is left on for long periods of time. This dimpled designed lens is covered with clusters of LEDs which spread the light out so it will cover a wider area. The high power diffused bulbs will produce the same amount of light as the one hundred watt incandescent bulb.

Recessed spotlight bulbs: These are available for the standard recessed lighting housings. They’re perfect for use as an accent light in small areas or over certain objects that you want to highlight in the room. These work well in the kitchen for task lighting over certain areas such as the sink, stove and under cabinets.

Track lighting bulbs: These can be purchased with the standard or the pin base and they make an excellent bulb for track lighting because they are more efficient, last longer and they don’t get hot to the touch. These also work well in kitchens because they can point in any direction.

Floodlights: The floodlights are designed with the “advanced thermal management technology” and last for more than 50,000 hours so you don’t have to worry about changing them very often.

 

ENHANCE YOUR DECOR WITH LED WALL LIGHTS

One of the best ways to enhance your décor is with LED wall lights. Lighting greatly affects the atmosphere within your home. It can make you feel calm, relaxed and happy or it can make you feel restless and agitated. It has more of an effect on your overall mood that many people realize.

Wall lights can be used to light up hallways, stairs and any other area in your home that tends to be naturally darker. LED bulbs provide the light needed without creating that annoying glare that puts a strain on your eyes. Learning how to use wall lights to your advantage will make a huge difference in your home that will benefit the whole family.

There are three basic types of lights available when choosing LED wall lights for your home:

  • Ambient Lighting – Provides overall illumination throughout the room.
  • Task Lighting – Focuses the light to a specific area such as for reading or working on projects that require directional lighting.
  • Accent Lighting – Highlights specific objects such as art, water falls or decorative walls.

When decorating with LED wall lights it’s important to think about the type of mood you’re trying to create in a specific area. For example, in the kitchen and dining area use wall lights that brighten up and provide a nice soft glow throughout the room.

Accent lights would be a great option for family rooms to highlight and focus on a specific object or area in the room. Task lighting can be used anywhere that you need directional lighting.

It’s also important to take into consideration the size of the room when choosing the right lighting. Wall lights can make large rooms look smaller and cozier and small rooms can look larger depending on the type of lighting you use.

Technology has made it possible to use wall lighting more effectively than ever before so you can truly let your creativity shine through. Using LED wall lights can balance out your home and give it that cozy comfortable feel that you’ve been striving for while increasing its value by making it more updated and modern.➝

 

LED RECESSED LIGHTS FOR YOUR KITCHEN

There are some places in the kitchen that don’t get enough light from the traditional overhead fixtures such as the stove, sink and cabinet spaces. Recessed LED lights can solve this problem by directing the light in the areas where it’s needed the most.

Recessed lights can perform the job of all three of your lighting needs–provide general illumination that lights up the whole room, highlight certain objects or and they can be used to serve a specific purpose such as providing light over the stove or sink.

Types of Fixtures: There are different types of LED recessed light fixtures designed for your kitchen. Some are designed to create a narrow beam of light that is directed to a specific area or object and others spread the light out in a circle beam over a larger area. You’ll need to decide which type of lighting will be best suited for your kitchen based on where you plan to install them.

If you need to cover a large area you should keep in mind the following. The circular fixtures that produce a cone-like effect will produce a light in a circle with the most intense lighting at the center. As the light goes outward towards the edges of the circle it will be dimmer because it is “spillover lighting”.

In order to keep the lighting even through­out your kitchen with LED recessed lights it’s recommended you keep them about four feet apart. This will allow the “spillover light” to overlap where the intense lighting is touching. This is what provides the even bright lighting you need in the kitchen. If they are spread too far apart the areas where the spillover light occurs will be darker.

Use directional fixtures when you want the light to be focused in a specific area or on a certain object. These are the best options for lighting the area over the stove and food preparation area.

Buying tips: Consider the type of fixtures available and the beam angle they will create. How much area will be covered by the light will depend on the type of fixture used, the beam angle, the distance between the light and the object being lit.

Pay close attention to the trim because it does more than change the look of the fixture. It also helps to focus the light and it has an influence over how much glare the lights produce and the quality of the lighting.

 

LED UNDER CABINET LIGHTS

LED Under Cabinet Lights is a specific type of LED Light. The following provides information on why you need to buy LED Under Cabinet Lights.

The three most popular types of LED under the cabinet lights are the small directional light, recessed lights and rope lights. The best one for the job will depend on how much room you have under the cabinets and other factors discussed below.

Here are some helpful tips when choosing LED under cabinet lights:

Consider Light Levels – The light level is basically the amount of light produced by the fixture. Different types of LED fixtures will produce different amounts of light so its important to choose the one that best illuminates the area without being overwhelming.

Consider Color – Different light bulbs will produce a different color illumination. Some produce a neutral color, others a bluish color and some produce a yellowish-white color. Generally, the bluish color light may be better for highlighting an object where the neutral or yellowish-white light would be better for food preparation.

– This refers to the amount of coverage the light produces and how evenly it is distributed over the counter so it is important to select a fixture that illuminates the area effectively.

 

 

 

 

 


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