Lighting can make a space; it can be aesthetic or functional. From lighting up your art to providing reading light, it is a necessary feature in any space. Different shapes, colors, and levels can set the mood, make a room complete, or simply look good. As some of the objects that use up the most amount of energy and electricity in households, it is important to not only pay attention to aesthetics and functionality, but to also make sure that your fixtures are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
In the past several years, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has become more and more popular as manufactures have made its use more versatile. Originally developed in 1962, LED lights were used as indicator bulbs on appliances and electronics. Today, these small lights can be manufactured individually or in components of several on a single strip. The bulbs can be used in commercial and residential fixtures from reading lights to pendants and track lighting. LED’s life expectancy compared to incandescent and condescend bulbs; LED 50,000hrs, CFL 10,000hrs, incandescent 1,200hrs. Although original cost can be more expensive than regular bulbs, LEDs will in time save you money in different ways. Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LED lights do not radiate intense heat. They also use a lot less electricity than both CLF and incandescent bulbs. Watts per bulb; LED 10, CFL 14, incandescent 60. The efficient LED bulbs will save you money over time on electric bills, and while at first they may cost more, in the end, you will be buying less than you would CFL and incandescent.