Soft ambient lighting is only available from incandescent lighting in a residence many people believe. They are wrong, light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are a great alternative to old-fashioned light bulbs and the newer kind of replacements popular known as compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). LED bulbs offer many types of bulb warmth, are economical to run, and last for up to 25 years. That is equivalent to three years of use with the bulb burning 24 hours each day, seven days a week.
Joseph Rey-Barreau, an architect, lighting designer, and University of Kentucky design professor is considered a lighting guru. Recently he said,
“It’s a new world of lighting, changes are happening so quickly, people have to think about it more than ever.”
One reason for this is that old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are no longer made or sold (legally) in the United States. That means that the CFL, LED, Halogen incandescent bulb and other new technologies all compete. But, each has its own color, whiteness, brightness, and operating expenses.
Benefits of LED Lighting
For many, the best alternative for keeping their home lit to show in the best way possible is the LED bulb. Some of the features that make the LED bulb so desirable include,
Unlike CFL bulbs that hesitate when switched on and take a little while to reach full lumens, the LED bulbs come on at full light instantly.
Dimmable LED Bulbs
When first introduces, LED bulbs were not dimmable. But, as the technology progressed, manufacturers corrected this and many LED bulbs can now be dimmed. If purchasing LED bulbs and you want them dimmable read the packaging.
LED UV-free Bulbs Do Not Attract Insects
Nothing is more annoying that sitting outside in the evening and being attacked by bugs. Many LED bulbs are free of UV ray emissions, but not all. So, as with dimmable bulbs, read the packaging for UV information. A safe bet all the time for outdoor use are the specialty LED bulbs for non-attraction of insects that feature a yellow coating.
Although LED bulbs are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs were, or CFL bulbs are they last nearly forever and are energy efficient. They can reproduce very closely the light given off by incandescent and halogen bulbs LEDs are made to replace.
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