The Latest in LED Lighting

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LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are super-efficient light bulbs and are gaining in popularity due to long life spans, minuscule use of electricity and low heat output (which minimizes the need for air conditioning).  LEDs are ideal for task, accent, and even holiday string lighting.  While LEDs have a higher initial cost than standard incandescent or CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, they’ll save you money in the long term by using much less energy and practically eliminating the need for replacements.  Plus, they don’t contain any toxic ingredients, unlike CFLs which contain trace amounts of mercury and need to be disposed of properly.

LEDs are suitable for recessed lighting fixtures, under cabinets and shelving, to shine upon that special piece of art, and for interior & exterior flood lighting.

The average lifespan of incandescent light bulbs is only 1000 hours.  CFLs average about 10,000 hours.  LEDs will last for an amazing 30,000 to 50,000 hours.

  • The manufacturer Cree recently unveiled its dimmable LED downlight, the LR6, which uses a combination of yellow and red LEDs to create that warm incandescent look.  It consumes just 12 watts of electricity while producing 650 lumens of light, the equivalent of a 75-watt incandescent bulb.  Expected lifespan is 25 years (perfect for those hard-to-reach installations)!
  • Color Kinetics, a Philips company, offers LEDs in white or color-changing accent lighting as well as flood lights.
  • C Crane has designed its LEDs with standard light bulb bases (also known as Edison bases), so they’ll fit into just about any lighting fixture you already have.

Tag(s): Energy, Greening the Home


3 Responses to “The Latest in LED Lighting”

  1. Michele on August 17th, 2009 9:39 pm

    Sounds like a great product. Thanks for the info!

  2. Genergize on August 17th, 2009 11:06 pm

    I think it is just fantastic when a new product comes out that is both energy efficient and a smart buy. LED is an incredible product.

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