LEDs are increasingly appearing in general household light fittings. Their compact size allows LEDs to be made in a wide range of designs that can out-perform traditional, halogen and fluorescent light bulbs.
LED lighting has come a long way over the past decade. The technology has progressed enormously from the tiny domes used to indicate that an appliance is running. Today they are used in creative, energy-efficient applications throughout the home.
Accenting and Highlighting Using Miniature LEDs
Miniature LEDs are single diode versions ranging in size between 2 mm and 8 mm. They are now available in many colours, shapes and sizes. These are perfectly suited to accent or highlighting applications. As an example, many of the latest kitchen designs now incorporate miniature LEDs in the skirting or valance areas. Home designers and builders are also using miniature LEDs to highlight or accent stair treads, with some suggestion that this can offer additional safety, improving the visibility of the edges of treads and minimising the chance of trips or falls.
Miniature LEDs are available in a range of colours from most major LED brands including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, pink, purple and of course, white.
Edge and Wash Effects Using LED Strips
LED strips are mounted on a thin, flexible circuit board that often benefits from an adhesive coating on one side, allowing for simple mounting. These are mostly a combination of high power LEDs and the strip is heat absorbent. Strip LEDs can be used as a decoration around window frames, coving in rooms and even along skirting boards for a dramatic floor lighting effect. They are easy to install under cabinets, in wardrobes and other cupboard spaces.
Spotlighting and Highlighting
LED bulbs really come into their own as spotlights ? on a ceiling, wall, skirting board or mounted in any part of a cupboard or cabinet. They are almost invariably more compact and less intrusive than their fluorescent, incandescent or halogen counterparts. They can harmonise with traditional or contemporary interiors and exteriors.
White lights come in a range of hues such as warm white, pure white and commercial white. Coloured fittings allow for RGB (red green blue) colour mixing in providing an almost infinite set of hues, often accompanied by a low cost remote control system. This ensures versatility when designing a lighting scheme for the home. LED bulbs adapt easily into a crystal or chandelier lighting system. They can give directional as well as ambient and accent light. LED bulbs also come in dimmable varieties that can further change the character of a room as well as save on energy costs.
LED lights are powerful and sufficiently energy efficient to be used as outdoor lights. A series of LED bulbs or a single powerful Cree type LED makes a strong floodlight that can be used for decorative as well as security purposes. Floodlights can light up a patio area, parking, entrance and exit areas. LEDs can also illuminate outdoor plant pots, water features, be used as stake lights and garden post lights. When inverted, they make ideal wall-wash lighting.
Reducing Power Consumption with LED Replacement Bulbs
As energy costs continue to spiral, many homeowners are using LEDs as direct replacements for power-hungry incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs are now available in standard fittings and voltages including MR16s, PAR, G4, G9 and GU10, among others. They can provide the equivalent of an incandescent type 60 watt light with just 7-9 watts power consumption; a dramatic reduction.
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