All About LED Lighting

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LED lighting is becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons these days. LED lights last longer. They also consume far less energy than either fluorescent or incandescent bulbs and they give off almost no heat whatsoever.

These days, you can LEDs in use in a variety of applications from aquariums to automobiles. Let’s take a look at what’s out there. I’m going to review some of the articles here on Digital Landing that deal with LEDs being used in lighting. After that I’m going to present you, dear reader, with some new products that we haven’t had a chance to look at yet.

Why Use LED Lighting at Home?

Face it, energy costs are pretty high and they only look to go higher. You could defray your home energy costs by installing a solar system for your house, if you own your home or get the homeowner’s permission. Apartment dwellers are a completely different story, however. Sure, you can go out and buy small, window-mounted solar cells to power a few items in your house, but the panels that are available that you can use won’t power much, maybe a cell phone or two.

An excellent alternative is to replace the bulbs in your light fixtures with LED ones. If you can’t find bulbs or lamps that fit your needs at your local home improvement or lighting warehouse, surf on over to my neighbors (Their offices are close to where I grew up.) at ESTech and check out what they can do for you. They specialize in lighting solutions that make use of LEDs.

Wait, why LEDs Mike? Aren’t fluorescents supposed to be super-efficient and economical? When you compare them against incandescent bulbs, yes, fluorescent lights are much more economical and efficient. However, they still consume at least twice the amount of energy that LEDs do, if that much.

Ikea Brings LED Lighting into the Daylight

Our senior writer and editor, David Gonos, put together an article in July of 2014 that lists some of the points of comparison between incandescent, fluorescent, and LED lighting. David mentions the downsides of “traditional lighting technologies” and then goes on to describe some of the innovative lighting products that Ikea offers.

Take Your LED Lighting Wireless

My colleague Tyler Lacoma put together an article with a title that doesn’t mention LEDs but that is chock-full of ideas to brighten your home wirelessly using LED technology. The products that Tyler looks at in his article are all wireless products that usually use a smartphone or tablet to turn the lights in your house on and off. Some of the products listed are solely for “normal” lighting, while others, like the Philips Hue, can be used for any lighting need in the home, be it safety lighting, “normal” lighting, or even colored mood lighting.

All the Major Players Do It Now

Not too long ago the only place you’d find LEDs was in some sort of indicator. Maybe it was a power indicator on your stereo or maybe it was the numbers on your digital clock. Then, someone in the automotive industry came to the realization that LEDs would work great in cars and trucks. I’m guessing it was a fleet maintenance person who got tired of replacing burned out incandescent bulbs. Whoever it was or however they came about, the use of LEDs in vehicular use is taking off quickly.

A few years ago the major players in the residential and commercial lighting supply sector realized that they could also be used to light buildings, inside and out. These days a trip to the lighting department at your local home improvement center will net you dozens of different LED lighting options from every major lighting manufacturer the store sells. The list of manufacturers includes names such as GE, Sylvania, Philips, and Cooper. These manufacturers all have LED bulbs that fit most light fixtures, including the fridge light.

There Are Now Companies that Specialize in LED Lighting

There have also been a few companies that have sprung to life over the past few years, like ESTech mentioned above), that specialize solely in lighting solutions using LEDs. One of my favorites in this niche is Cree Led Lighting. Looking through their site, it appears that if you can come up with a lighting need, Cree has an LED solution for you. Also, like the major players, Cree also has a full line of LED bulbs to fit your existing fixtures.

The good people over at Rab Lighting have taken this to an extreme. Not only do they offer a wide selection of lighting solutions using LEDs for inside the home, they also offer a whole line of exterior and specialty lighting products, some of which are solar-powered. Whether you need a spotlight, landscape lighting, or wall sconces, Rab has you covered.

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