Have you heard of LED lights? Even if you haven't heard of them, you would recognize them: LED stands for light-emitting diode, and they are the bluish-white lights used mainly in outdoor lighting by your eco-friendly neighbors. That blue cast caused many to write-off LED lights, but it's time to take another look. The LED lighting day has come. Finally!
Bye Bye Blues
When introduced as home lighting, LEDs were typically on the blue end of the light spectrum. As different materials have been introduced into the LEDs, a greater range of color tones are available. The fluorescent tube replacement LEDs are available in Daylight, Bright, Cool White, Neutral, and Warm White options. That’s quite a step from up from the options just a few years ago.
Not Just Your Outdoor Lights Anymore
The quest for energy-efficient lighting has brought a bounty of useful LED lights to the market that have made sweeping changes in where they are used. Current LED lights are available in many styles for many uses ranging strip lights for under-cabinet or cove lighting, to direct replacements for fluorescent tubes or incandescent bulbs. They are also very easy for a licensed electrician to install, and offer more uniform lighting than other lighting solutions.
The most natural adoption of LED lighting is in under-cabinet lighting. LED lights offer the low-profile size that is a must for the tight quarters below a cabinet. LED under-cabinet lighting also generates far less heat. Currently, small fluorescent units are widely used, but they give off quite a bit of heat that radiates into the cabinet above - limiting the use of those cabinets for food storage.
They May Not be Blue, But They're Still Green
Remember when the curly-cue lightbulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs or CFLs) took over the world as the energy-saving solution of the century...then we found out they have mercury and you need a haz-mat team to dispose of them?
Enter LED lights. They are just as energy efficient as the CFLs, but with none of the mercury concerns. They also last 25 years, so less bulbs are going to the landfill. We think it's time for LED lighting to take center stage. Take a look, you may like what you see.