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Eco-Friendly Lighting

Eco-Friendly Lighting

The lighting industry has changed drastically in the last twenty years. We went from incandescent and fluorescent lighting to halogen and CFL (compact fluorescent) from halogen and CFL to LED lighting. The halogen and incandescent lighting were big consumers of electricity. CFL was a great improvement in electricity consumption but they were clunky and hard to dim and had bad color.

Nowadays most homes are a combination of incandescent, some old fluorescent and LED lighting. LED lights consume between 10 and 20% of what the equivalent incandescent light bulb would. The LED bulbs have become the mainstay of the electrical world. 10 years ago they were unreliable and many sometimes unreliable manufacturers were making them. Today all the major light bulb suppliers are making excellent LED products. Below is a list of different LED lighting products that can be purchased today.

1.) LED equivalent light bulbs

LED equivalent light bulbs are very energy efficient and reliable now. The color that most people are used to growing up with 2700 Kelvin is available in almost all LED light bulbs. I recommend a known manufacturer as opposed to a one off brand that is cheap at the big box store. Most LED light bulbs now can be registered and have a warranty for replacement if they burn out. They make all different style of LED bulb now.

  • Standard A lamp bulbs (the 40, 60, 75, 100 watt bulbs we are used to)
  • Flame tip chandelier based bulbs
  • All different styles of flood light bulbs
  • MR16 halogen replacement bulbs
  • Small bi pin halogen replacement bulbs

2.) LED retrofit recessed can trims

Most manufacturers of recessed cans make a retrofit trim. You can take out the light bulb and screw the retrofit trim in to the socket in the recessed can. The trims are solid across the bottom so no more dust getting inside the recessed can.

3.) LED strip lighting

LED strip lighting is everywhere now. Under cabinet lighting. In cabinet lighting. In bookcase lighting. Cove lighting. Under stair tread lighting. In floor and in ground lighting. Basically anywhere you can fit an LED strip they are being installed. I would caution people to use a name brand manufacturer and hire professionals to install them. Improper installation can lead to a shorter life. It’s good practice to install the driver which needs to be located remotely from the strip somewhere it can be easily accessed for replacement. They will go out someday. I can’t recommend in ground LED or any other style in ground lighting in the Chicagoland area or any area that is covered with snow much of the year. The gaskets on those fixtures will eventually give way letting moisture enter the fixture and ruining them.

4.) LED puck lights

LED puck lights are usually used as under cabinet lighting. Everything that I pointed out about LED strip lighting goes for the puck lights also. Get a good name brand. Have it properly installed. Know where the driver is and have it be accessible. They will go out someday. Many manufacturers make replacement LED puck lights that are the same size as their old halogen puck lights. This makes for an easy replacement of the puck light fixtures themselves and the transformer or driver.

5.) LED under cabinet lighting

LED under cabinet lighting looks like old fluorescent and halogen light fixtures but have the LED driver and the LED’s themselves installed at the factory. You just get 120 volts to them and they are ready to go. Some manufacturers like Juno lighting make them the exact same size as the older fluorescent and halogen fixtures so it’s an easy change out.

NOTE: If you have dimmers that are controlling existing incandescent or halogen lighting you will need to make sure that the dimmer you have is compatible with the LED load you are installing new. If an improper dimmer is installed it can damage the driver and or LED’s and the dimmer itself. Also the lights will strobe when dimmed.

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