Seeing LEDs in a New Light

LED (light-emitting diode) lights come in various shapes and sizes, making it easy to brighten up your home and save energy. Adding LED bulbs under kitchen cabinets can illuminate your countertop, providing bright task lighting just where you need it the most.

Exposed-filament bulbs are all the rage, but you don't have to sacrifice efficiency to go along with this trend. Edison-style LED bulbs come in multiple shapes—radio, globe, Victorian, and more—and can fill your rooms with warm tones and vintage vibes. Many are fully dimmable to meet a range of lighting needs.

Color-tunable bulbs have taken the lighting industry by storm recently, and for good reason. Full-color tuning bulbs can achieve a full range of colors and be controlled wirelessly. That means you can adjust light color and intensity to increase alertness during the day and create a relaxing environment at night from a connected smartphone app.

Connecting your home: There are many ways to combine your LEDs or color-changing bulbs with other technology to make your home smarter and more efficient. Use remote-controlled Smart electrical outlets or Smart bulbs for easy and automatic lighting controls. Simply plug the device in. Then, you can control your fixtures using the remote control from across the room! Many of these devices come with additional energy-monitoring features and standby power modes that can also be adjusted through a connected smartphone app or even with voice commands through a smart home speaker, helping you save energy automatically.

Outdoor lighting is critical for safety and security. At the same time, it can be a significant operational and maintenance expense. It's no wonder that more facilities are turning to high-performance, longer-lasting LEDs.

LED fixtures are changing the way the lighting industry evaluates the amount of light needed in an outdoor setting. You no longer have huge variations in light; you can have very uniform light throughout an entire space.

Before, it was necessary to flood a whole bunch of light and hope that some of it illuminated the other spaces. Now, with LEDs, it's like having mini flashlights that you can point in all directions, either through the actual direction of the bulb, some type of reflector system, or an optical system. There are lots of choices and different ways in which manufacturers can direct the light.

LEDs are huge energy savers, and they are increasing the functionality of lighting our homes. I hope you are enjoying this great technology as it evolves!

If you have a question about energy efficiency, please email Charlie, or call (509) 526-4041.