13 Important Facts About LED Lighting
When it comes to lighting your home, you want to use light bulbs that are efficient and energy saving while giving you the best light or the right light level ambiance. LED lamps produce less heat, however, they produce no I.R. (INFRARED RADIATION) as with their incandescent counterparts. They are available in a variety of decorating styles while offering all the biggest benefits of improved efficiency and even greater energy saving capabilities. We have a few facts about LED lighting that may help you with your next lighting decision.
IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING AN LED LAMP
Remember to tell the sales person if you require your lamps to be dimmable or non-dimmable. If you require dimmable these will be slightly more expensive than the non-dimmable parts, and may in some cases require additional components added to the switch in order to be dimmable.
1. The light intensity is measured in lumens (Lm)
2. LED measure of intensity is measured in Lumen/Per WATT
3. Often forgotten is the Power Factor
4. All good quality LEDS that we offer generally have a 3-year guarantee
5. Colour Temperature
1. CEILING LIGHTS
You can replace your halogen light bulbs or any other incandescent with LED lamps in recessed lighting or surface mount fixtures as they fit a number of lighting fixtures.
#TIPSFORYOU: Use bright white LED light bulbs for kitchens and choose softer, warmer bulbs for your living spaces.
2. PENDANT LIGHTS
Pendant lights are used for task lighting in areas like kitchens, bars and dining rooms. Pendant lights allow ambient light to fill the surrounding area.
3. TABLE LAMPS
Most table lamp light bulbs can be replaced with LED lamps ES, BC and SES caps as they come in a variety of colours and wattages to suit your needs.
4. FLOOR LAMPS
Floor lamps are versatile and can be moved to where ever you need them to be, while the light bulbs can be swapped out for LED lamps just as easily.
#TIPSFORYOU: A reading lamp should have a dimming option so your LED bulb can be dimmed when needed.
5. TV ROOM & LOUNGE
Decorative LED lighting placed behind an entertainment center can add ambiance to your room. Consider using colour-changing LED strips or directional lighting to illuminate a wall or compartment in an entertainment area.
#TIPSFORYOU: Installing lamps or a lighting system (LED strip) that aren’t visible behind a TV reduces the glare while adding atmosphere to your area.
7. KITCHEN CABINETS
We spend a great deal of time in our kitchens so your lighting needs to be perfect. Under cabinet lighting provides decorative and functional lighting and LED strips can now be installed in a variety of different configurations, sizes. Application depends on the building requirements – corners and straight down work perfectly for this. Can also be dimmed to different lighting levels, depending on the time of day.
#TIPSFORYOU: LED “tape lights” are easy to install and can be cut to size.
8. BULKHEADS & CLOSETS
Use a combination of strips and recessed lighting to draw attention to specific areas of your closet. Proper lighting in your closet will help you distinguish between colours and find the items you need.
The lighting in a bathroom can make a big difference so for optimal task lighting you should position sconces beside your mirror.
#TIPSFORYOU: Avoid recessed lighting placed above your mirror as it casts undesirable shadows.
10. YOUR HOME OFFICE
When it comes to a home office you need a fitting that is functional and fulfills the primary need. Your desk lamp should have a low-wattage LED lamp to create the ultimate reading and working sanctuary. Consider using LED strip lighting as it will save you space.
#TIPSFORYOU: Keep the light of your reading lamp no brighter than the light of your computer light to prevent eye fatigue.
11. YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE
Replace those dull yellow light bulbs with LED bulbs to enhance the colour palette in your bedroom. For nighttime reading use a Cool White or Daylight LED. Or even think about suspending a pendant over your bedside table, which is more modern option.
12. OUTDOOR AREAS
A solar LED landscape spotlight can illuminate a specific area of your property, which is also an added bonus for safety. A LED floodlight is bright and powerful and has the ability to shed light on a large area.
#TIPSFORYOU: A floodlight equipped with a sensor will automatically turn on when movement is detected, once again improving the security around your property.
13. KEEP IT COOL WITH CEILING FANS
LED bulbs are also easily fitted into most ceiling fans and light fittings.
If you need any assistance with your next lighting project, visit our website or stop by our store where the team is always happy to help.