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LED Lights Revisted

Posted May 27th, 2015 under renovations and repairs.

Over a year ago, I wrote about the rise of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights, the fabulous new technology that is revolutionizing home lighting.

LED’s have every advantage over the compact fluorescent bulbs that came before them. LED’s can be dimmed, do not contain mercury, and reach full brightness quickly.

These are advantages we used to enjoy in incandescent bulbs as well, but compared to incandescents, LED’s have drastically improved efficiency. Even better, they stay cool, not finger-burning hot (or even a possible fire hazard). LED’s also last much longer than either incandescent bulbs or fluorescent lights.

It’s essentially the best of both worlds. And with LED prices going down while the price of electricity goes up, the savings compared to other types of lighting are actually increasing. So, it should be no surprise that many new varieties of LED lighting are now available.

There are standard bulbs available in “bright white” or “warm white”. (One of the early complaints against LED lights, that the light was too ‘cold’, has been effectively addressed.)

There are tube-shaped LED lights that can directly replace fluorescent tubes without needing to re-wire or replace the fixture.

There is strip lighting, including colour-adjustable strip lighting allowing you to change the mood of a room at the touch of a button.

And of course, there are a variety of indoor and outdoor flood lights, with many innovative timer and motion sensor combinations for the outdoor type.

Why would anyone use anything else ever again?

Want to know more about lighting options in your home? Just ask me, I'll be happy to help.

--Peter

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