New Trends in Lighting
Go Green: Two New Energy Saving Styles for Kitchen Lighting
Enhancing your kitchen with energy saving lights doesn’t mean sacrificing quality or ambience. The latest trend employs LED lights,(Light-Emitting Diode) which provide ambient as well as task lighting. Current LED bulbs are designed to fit standard bases and range from 0.85 to 7.3 watts, so they can replace standard incandescent or halogen bulbs in recessed lights.
In addition to low wattage, you get the bonus of long life and energy efficiency, which all adds up to a 90% savings over standard bulbs. LED bulbs generate very little heat as they glow, transferring most of their energy directly into light and since they have no filament, there’s nothing to rattle apart and break. So they’ll not only save you money in the cost of bulb replacement, they’ll save you the trouble of climbing onto a chair or rickety ladder to swap out incandescent bulbs that keeps burning out.
The technology is advancing, making LEDs a more affordable option. They provide energy efficient light lasting up to 60,000 hours–seven years of continuous, cool-burning light at a fraction of the cost of incandescent lights. LEDs are closer to the color of daylight — which new studies suggest is good for staying alert.
The latest LED light bulbs now produce about the same amount of light per watt as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). However, unlike incandescent bulbs, which splash light in all directions, wasting electricity and generating heat, LED bulbs are directional. They drive their light in one direction, so that you have light exactly where you want it
LEDs don’t waste light (energy) on areas you don’t need illuminated, which is also why they’re perfect task lights. The bright, white LED light works especially well for under cabinet lights. They not only produce light more efficiently, but also have a tiny mirror that reflects light in one direction. A more directed light means less wasted light.
Now, your recessed lights can provide energy efficient lighting. A kitchen must have adequate light, and choosing a company that can design and install your lighting is a good first step. A well-lit kitchen blends three different types of light:
Task lighting—provides adequate light for tasks like chopping vegetables and reading recipes. Optimum placement for task lighting comes between a person’s head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective.
Ambient lighting— creates a warm glow that fills a room, softens shadows and helps to make people feel instantly welcome in a kitchen.
Accent lighting– It gives depth and dimension to a kitchen. Examples of accent lighting include entire LED transparent shelves as well as recessed low-voltage fixtures used to spotlight art.
Visit www.northernlighting.biz to view completed installations of LED, accent, recessed and other lighting. To answer any questions, call or email Northern Lighting: 858-736-9069; 760-644-9798: firstname.lastname@example.org–an affiliate of Highend Electric Lic No: 951759