Thanks to advances in lighting technology, LED lighting is better than it’s ever been and a huge improvement in efficiency and energy use over traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED (light emitting diode) bulbs use 75 to 80 percent less energy over their lives than incandescent bulbs, and can save homeowners about $100 per bulb over the course of their lives in energy costs. If you consider that a home can have up to 50 light bulbs, that’s quite a savings.
LED bulbs are longer lasting than incandescent or even compact fluorescent light bulbs, in part because they contain no moving parts or filaments that can burn out. For example, an LED bulb that runs only two to three hours per day can last for over 20 years–making them ideal for lighting fixtures that are difficult to reach.
Besides their long life, another factor that makes LED bulbs desirable is that they generate almost no heat and UV rays. This will help keep your home cooler and save you money on air conditioning costs, as well as helping to keep your furnishings and fabrics from fading. You don’t have to sacrifice the familiar look of incandescent bulbs, either; soft white LED bulbs give the warm-tinged light that you’re used to seeing without tinting the true colors of your furnishings.
The kitchen of any home should be a warm and welcoming place, and lighting is an important component of that atmosphere. Today’s LED light bulbs are available in a variety of shapes, including floods and spots for recessed lighting, globe bulbs for lamps and vanities, and even candle bulbs for wall sconces and other decorative lighting fixtures. A great use that you may not have thought of for LED bulbs in a kitchen is under-cabinet lighting.
If you’re planning a dream kitchen, we can help you make bright, efficient LED lighting part of your design. Call us today to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom and make your dream kitchen a warm, well-lit reality.