How LED Lighting Has Changed Our Homes

Posted by Jerad Cox on Saturday, December 26th, 2015 at 11:28am.

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - We all take for granted that when we flick a light switch, that lighting will turn on to help guide our way around the house. Don't believe me? Think back to the last time a storm knocked out your electricity. Ever since the light bulb was invented for commercial use by Thomas Edison 125 years ago, there has been those trying to improve it by making it brighter, cheaper to make, or longer lasting. Recently we have seen many different versions of lighting attempting LED lighting, or light emitting diode lighting, has been around in various forms since the 1960s, but recently has been the go to choice for commercial and residential lighting uses.

What makes LED lighting such a good choice for homeowners? Well, from a practical sense the lights last longer, cost less to operate, and can create . For example, a 11.5 Watt LED bulb can create as much light output (or lumens) as a 60 Watt incandescent bulb, and in the process cost about a 1/5 of the price in electricity to operate. Up to recently, it has been difficult to produce LED lighting at a cost that made it worth the cost savings in operating it. Why purchase a LED light for 1000% more if the savings is only 60-80%? As cost of the bulbs have come down, they have been more viable to purchase and install.

From a commercial lighting standpoint, they have been replacing neon light signs in store front shops as well as traffic lighting on our streets and sidewalks. Speaking recently to an electrician, he loves them, because he has to install an entire fixture once and not have to worry about having to come back to change burnt out light bulbs, which becomes a safety issue with light fixtures in vaulted ceilings, for example.

Not everyone is happy with the change. They prefer the warmth that comes from incandescent bulbs, creating that 'homey' feeling that we all grew up with. Part of the issue also lies in the fact that people are not being given the option to choose between the different forms of lighting. Some homeowners believe that a combination of these lighting options may also work, but they are frustrated in the difficulty in finding incandescent bulbs vs. LED. The white balance of most LED lights are much less than its predecessors, which may cause issues when cause to creating warm ambiences in rooms with warmer colors such as browns and oranges. Detractors say the light quantity may be present with LED, but the quality of incandescent is not even close.

LED lighting has been a revolutionary in changing how we light our homes. It has made lowered both the cost and maintenance of our lighting systems substantially, but has also made the lights in our homes starker and less warm. Whether you are a fan of LED lighting or not, it is clear that this form of lighting is here to stay - until the next big invention come along!

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Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 9:23am.

Mike wrote: LED bulbs that challenge the traditional "warm" tone of old-school incandescent lighting are now available. In these, an internal ultra-violet LED array illuminates a fluorescent-style phosphor coating that's been formulated and/or filtered to produce a softer, warm light that's far more pleasant to the eye than harsh bluish-white of simple direct LED. The specific type I use around the house are rated at a "soft white" colour temperature of 2200 Degrees (Kelvin). This closely matches the output of standard "tungsten" incandescent lamps, making any spectral difference virtually negligible. These new LEDs also closely resemble traditional bulbs in both shape and size, and as such insert readily into almost any existing fixture.

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