Create a beautiful space with LED lighting that sets the perfect mood and style in each and every room of your home.
LED lighting has quickly become a popular source of lighting in homes and businesses across the globe. LED lighting is extremely versatile and can be used in small spaces as well as areas that need excessive lighting. Additionally, LED Lighting allows for various hues of illumination, enabling you to set a particular mood or brighten a space. And, let’s not forget the selection of colors LED lighting offers as well as all of the decorative bulbs you can choose from. But how do you choose the right LED light for your space? Let’s take a look at LED lighting and all of the options you have to make your home shine.
What is LED Lighting?
LED refers to a type of lighting or bulb that produces light using one or more light-emitting diodes (LED). This allows for the bulb to light to it’s full-effect without having to warm up like fluorescent lighting. Plus, 95% of the electricity going into an LED light is transformed into light with a mere 5% of that electricity turned into heat.
Out with the Old and In with the LED
Though incandescent and fluorescent lighting is still available, LED lighting is overwhelmingly the best choice when it comes to energy efficiency. In comparison to the 95% energy to light conversion of an LED bulb, fluorescent and incandescent bulbs convert just 5% of energy into light and 95% into heat.
As a result, old-school incandescent lighting and fluorescent lighting are wasting electricity creating heat, rather than light. On the other hand, LED lighting does the opposite, making them much more energy-efficient, cooler to the touch, thus, safer for your home.
LED and CRI (Color Rendering Index)
Another important aspect of LED lighting is the CRI, or color rendering index. CRI is the measurement of how accurately a light shows the actual color of an object compared to natural light. A higher CRI is closer to natural lighting, while a lower CRI will cause colors to be muddied and not indicative of an object’s genuine color.
Most importantly, CRI is a key aspect to consider when remodeling or redecorating your home and choosing a paint color. Updating your lighting can have just as much of a positive effect on your overall design as your paint, blind and furniture colors.
Who is Kelvin and What Does He Have to Do with LED Lighting?
Okay, Kelvin is not a who, but a what. Actually, light color is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (K). Lower Kelvin numbers mean the light appears more yellow; higher Kelvin numbers mean the light is whiter or bluer. Kelvin is another key element to think about when you are remodeling and redecorating.
To explain further, most ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are made to match the color of incandescent bulbs at 2200-3000K. Therefore, for a whiter light, look for bulbs marked 3500-4100K. If you prefer a bluer white light, look for bulbs marked 5000-6500K.
The Best LED Lighting Choices for Your Space
Choosing the best LED lighting for your home might take a bit more thought than you may have previously imagined. With a larger move toward LED lighting, understanding which type of lighting you prefer, use and where, is important to the aesthetics of your space as well as what activities take place in each room.
Soft white LED lighting is closer to the incandescent bulbs that most homeowners use to utilize on a regular basis. When shopping for that softer lighting, you’ll want to look for a Kelvin scale of 2200K-3000K. Generally, soft while LED lighting is used in bedrooms, living rooms and other spots in your home that are comfortable, relaxing and cozy.
Neutral white, also called bright white, LED lighting is generally used in spaces where you desire a more cool and refreshing light. Accordingly, if you are shopping for a brighter light, you’ll seek out Kelvin scaled bulbs that range between 3500K and 4100K. This type of lighting is perfect for kitchens, garages, and bathrooms.
Daylight lighting, which is on a Kelvin scale of 5000K to 6500K, is a bright white to bluish light. For this reason, energizing, daylight LED lighting is ideal for spots in your home where you are doing close-up tasks. Some great examples are lighting for cooking in the kitchen, above your bathroom vanity mirrors where you apply make-up and near workbenches and desks or wherever you read.
Types of LED Bulbs and How They Are Used
One of the largest benefits of LED lighting is that the technology allows for bulbs of all sizes and shapes as well as color and hue. Likewise, there are a plethora of LED bulbs to choose from for everyday lighting needs.
- LED strip lights and tapes can be used for many applications from under-cabinet lighting to decorating vehicles.
- Smart LED bulbs (which we will cover more in-depth below) are controllable via Wi-Fi connection allowing for dimming, color changing and even color-temperature adjustment.
- Candelabra bulbs are flame-shaped and often used in chandeliers, sconces and other decorative light fixtures.
- Track light bulbs are used in, you guessed it, track lighting. This type of lighting is used for accentuating artwork and architectural features or where concentrated lighting is needed.
- Edison bulbs have a vintage look as they show all of the inner-workings of the bulb. These decorative bulbs are usually paired with fixtures and lamps with a similar aesthetic.
- Tube light bulbs replace the old fluorescent lighting utilized in business and work settings.
- Standard LED bulbs are perfect for multi-purpose uses around the house as they disperse a wider light pattern.
- Can light LED bulbs are specifically made for recessed LED lighting. This variety of lighting is generally installed into ceilings.
- LED flood bulbs are designed to create a wide beam of light. They are mostly used for outdoor areas for security or landscape lighting.
- Globe light bulbs also emit light in all directions and are ideal for places you need bright, clear lighting like bathrooms.
Why LED Lighting is Superior
LED lighting is the best choice for lighting your space, not just because it converts energy into light better. Here are several reasons why LED lighting is superior to other types of lighting:
More Efficiency Facts on LEDs
LED lighting is more efficient than incandescent bulbs as they emit higher lumens (a measurement of a light’s brightness). For example, a 60-watt incandescent bulb gives off 14 lumens per watt or 800 lumens. However, an LED bulb gives off 84 lumens per watt, meaning, an 8.4-watt LED bulb would produce the same brightness.
Colorful LED lighting: LED lighting can radiate any color of light you desire and they do so without the use of filters, like older lighting. As a result, you get long-lasting, energy efficiency along with sharp and vibrant color.
LED Lighting Sizes
LED lighting has such amazing and advanced technology that an LED can be so small that it lights the charge button on your cell phone. Or, LED bulbs can be so large that they flood sizable areas with light. LED lighting sizes allow for a fantastic range of uses.
LED Lighting Speed
A tiny LED micro-light in any television remote illuminates in under a microsecond. Equally as important, your typical LED bulb in your reading lamp takes no time to “warm up” resulting in immediate, full lighting.
LED Lighting Has a Longer Cycling Life
We all have lights in our home that are constantly being turned off and on such as in the kitchen or bathroom. Older lighting doesn’t fare well with constant cycling and tends to burn out quickly. In comparison, LED lighting lasts longer under all conditions, including the off-on-off-on cycling of a busy family.
Dimming Those LED Lights
Unlike older bulbs, LED bulbs have specific types that are dimmable. So, although not every LED bulb you can buy has the capability of dimming, but the models that do are superior in having a much broader range of light and dimness. Therefore, if you have a lamp or overhead light with a dimmer switch, you must look for LED bulbs that are specifically marked as dimmers.
LED Lighting is Cool
Yes, LED lighting is cool, in the literal sense. As mentioned above, incandescent and fluorescent lights uses 95% of its energy-producing heat while LED lighting uses that 95% producing light. What this means is that LED lighting is cooler to the touch and won’t damage lampshades and fabrics.
Long-Lasting LED Lighting
Most LED lights have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours which is 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb. If you use an LED light for 12 hours a day, that bulb should give you long-lasting light for 11 years.
LED Lighting is Sturdy
Compared to incandescent light bulbs that pop and shatter when dropped, LED bulbs are more resilient and difficult to break.
LED Lighting is Focused
LED lighting is meant to emit light in one direction. In comparison, incandescent lighting emits light in all directions.
LEDs Are Low Voltage
Most LED lighting operates on low voltage making it ideal for outdoor lighting too. Additionally, LED lighting is safer to use in homes that are located in flood-prone areas.
How to Convert Watts to Lumens
When changing out your old, incandescent bulbs, how do you convert the watts to lumens when moving to LED lighting? For the very basic conversion, 1 watt equals about 100 lumens.
So, if you want to replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb, you would look for an LED bulb that is 5-7 watts, giving you 500-700 lumens of light.
iTrust Knows LED Lighting
When it comes to upgrading the lighting in your home, you can rely on iTrust to provide you with the knowledge and unsurpassed service that only the most discerning homeowner can appreciate. When you’re remodeling or updating your home, iTrust understands that lighting is another crucial aspect of the design process.
For instance, as mentioned above, the CRI and Kelvin scale play a key role in how your paint colors, cabinet colors, shades and even home furnishings will look. Our in-house designer that will help you create the look you desire using color and light. Best yet, her services are a part of every iTrust remodeling package.
Imagine having your own, personal designer to help interpret your vision into a custom-created idea board along with a financial plan. And, this consultation is absolutely free and by free, we mean pressure-free too, as you are under no obligation to purchase anything. Once you see what iTrust can do for your home, you will be anxious to get started!
iTrust also has a certified electrician to make your LED lighting dreams comes true as well as a smart home technician whom can bring your home lighting into the present.
Smart Automated LED Lighting
Regular, incandescent lighting is so yesterday and smart, automated LED lighting is so now! Our smart home technician will combine the latest in technology with lighting that is above and beyond beautiful, making your home more energy efficient and healthier.
By integrating the Apple Homekit or one of our other available lighting packages, we can turn your light switches into no-touch, lights on and off, keeping germs from spreading. Create lighting scenes, program when you want lights to come on and go off and operate it all with a single phone app or a simple voice command.
Transform Your Home with iTrust
Are you ready to transform your home into that dream space you have always wanted? iTrust is here to help you do that with the most beautiful selection of LED lighting options for every room of your home.
Whether it’s a kitchen makeover, landscape lighting or going high-tech with an entire smart home lighting package, iTrust is your premier source for high-value design, products and service.
Contact us today and let us turn your dreams into reality.