In the world of modern lighting, LED technology is a beacon of innovation and efficiency. Whether for home or office, LEDs combine cost-effective and sustainable options with incredible design and versatility.
Today, we’ll explore the pros and cons of LED lighting and how they can be used beautifully throughout your home.
What is LED Lighting?
LED light is produced by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which convert electricity into light through a process known as electroluminescence, illuminating when electricity passes through a semiconductor material. On the other hand, incandescent bulbs generate light by heating a filament until it glows.
All Mod Lighting fixtures are LED-powered using light bands, like the streamlined and minimalistic Haylen wall fixture, LED strips such as you’ll find in the stunning Aurelius luxury modern chandelier, or LED bulbs, featured in luxury chandeliers like Obsidian, Angelica, or Kendall.
No other lighting sources offer the range of options, designs, and colors of LEDs, and you can take comfort in the fact that your home uses 75% less energy compared to incandescent lighting.
Here’s how LED technology stands out:
- Efficiency. LEDs require less energy than incandescent or halogen lamps to produce the same luminosity (measured in lumens), making them highly energy-efficient.
- Longevity. LEDs last much longer than conventional bulbs, with lifespans ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 hours, depending on usage and design.
- Durability. There are no filaments or glass enclosures like those found in traditional bulbs, making LEDs more resistant to breakage, vibration, and impact.
- Compact Size. LEDs can be tiny, allowing designers to create beautiful fixtures suitable for many diverse applications.
- Eco-Friendly. Because they consume less power and have long service lives, they result in cost savings and significantly less waste.
- Design Flexibility. Due to LED’s compact size, they can be used in slender profiles or more intricate shapes where other bulbs would not work.
- Variety of Colors and Temperatures. From warm yellows to cool daylight whites, LEDs offer a vast spectrum of colors and light temperatures, allowing users to tailor the ambiance to their preferences and moods.
LED Lighting Cons
Despite LED lighting’s myriad advantages, the up-front investment may be significantly higher than conventional bulbs. However, when you factor in LED’s extended useful life, potential rebates, and dramatic savings on your energy bills, the value is undeniable.
Here are a few considerations to round out the debate:
- Initial Cost. As mentioned, LEDs are initially more costly, though this feature is easily offset by less frequent bulb replacement and energy savings.
- Compatibility. Not all LEDs are compatible with standard dimmer switches. Always check the features before buying to ensure the fixture has the desired functionality.
- More Blue Light. LEDs emit more blue light, which can disrupt the circadian rhythm. For use in the bedroom, choose warm light LEDs as they reduce the percentage of blue light.
- Directional Light. LED strips are excellent for task lighting, but depending on the bulb and fixture design, they may not diffuse light across a large area. LED fixtures meant to light large spaces have features that help reflect and diffuse light.
LED Fixtures for Your Home
Some LED fixtures might be more practical than others in different parts of the home. To help you make informed choices, there are a couple of terms you should understand.
- Lumens refers to the brightness of the lamp, i.e., the amount of light the bulb or strip emits. Don’t confuse lumens with watts. Watts measure energy use, while lumens measure light output.
- Color Rendering Index (CRI) refers to the quality of light or the light’s ability to reproduce the colors of the room or surrounding spaces. We recommend choosing LEDs with a CRI of at least 90 (100 is the max), indicating that the LED can render colors accurately.
LED bulb sconces like Celestial are beautiful accents for the living room, perfect for drawing the eye to artwork or lighting up shadow-prone areas.
In conclusion, there is much to consider before purchasing LED fixtures for your home or office. The amount of light needed, the function and size of the space, and whether you need a dimmable light should all factor into your decision-making. If you still have questions or need help choosing the right LED fixtures for your home, chat with our lighting experts today. We are passionate about LED lights and would be pleased to help you with your selections.