LED Home Lighting – A Beginner’s Guide

Most people have come across LED lighting in one form or another; typically in torches, Christmas lights and solar or mains powered garden lighting. But many are still unaware that home LED lighting is now not only possible, but very much the future of domestic household lighting

The Lighting Industry is fast dropping further investment in the current generation of low-energy lamps (Compact Fluorescent Lamps or CFLs – ungainly, garish and, being filled with Mercury vapour, a disposal nightmare). Companies such as the giant Philips Lighting Corporation have already stated their commitment to home LED lighting as the way forward.

As a result, the availability, range and affordability of home LED lighting solutions is increasing at an explosive rate. But as at this moment it is still best to introduce LED lighting into your own home by approaching those application that LEDs are best able to replace.

The essential difference between traditional incandescent light bulbs and LED lights is that the former wastes up to 98% of the electricity supplied as heat but does shine light in all directions, whereas LED light sources convert nearly all their electricity into light (hence the reason they stay cool to the touch) but shine a pure and very intense directional light.

The other key differentiator is cost of ownership. LED light bulbs last an incredibly long time (3+ decades of normal use) and cost so little to run that the cost of the electricity used throughout the entire lifetime of a bulb is almost certain to be less than the cost of the bulb itself. This is in stark contrast to normal non-LED bulbs that are typically well over 500 times the price of the bulb itself in running and replacement costs.

These particular qualities (highly efficient, zero fire risk and focused light) make LED light bulbs a perfect replacement for spot lights, especially the ubiquitous halogen lamps now found in many homes and that waste heat and money in abundance.

But replacing domestic halogen down lighters is only one aspect of spot lighting that LED lamps are perfect for. They also make ideal display lighting and as a bonus can be fitted in places where you couldn’t even contemplate using conventional incandescent spot lights because of the risk of damage and fire from their extremely high operating temperature.

LED spot lights are a natural choice for bringing illumination to display units, shelves, beneath kitchen units and inside cupboards and wardrobes. They can be easily installed adjacent to objects and surfaces without any danger of causing heat damage and often give a much better light than regular light bulbs in such applications.


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