Brighten your home with LED lights

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As technology advances in illumination techniques, many traditional home fixtures are now enabled with light-emitting diode (LED) installations. There is a green benefit to this rising trend: LED lights use less power up front and generate less heat than other light fixtures. Replacing old lighting with LEDs not only will make your home eco-friendly and energy-efficient, but it also will modernize your space.

Room by room

Kitchen: No need to hassle with under-cabinet lights or illuminating shelves inside of cabinets—Element Designs’ (www.element-designs.com) Eluma aluminum frame LED panels are fully illuminated panels that can be installed as a backsplash, shelving, fixed panels, custom signage and more. Panel options include brushed-finish frames with the look of stainless steel, simulated-wood-finish frames, acrylic or etched-glass inserts and a variety of color options for the light.

Another option for your kitchen is the SplashLite illuminated glass backsplash by Celsius Glass (www.celsiusglass.net.au) and LedFX (www.ledfx.com). These backsplashes have edges lit by LED lighting and come with single-color illumination or color-changing abilities that can be paused on any of the 4,096 colors available.

Bathroom: A rising trend in bathrooms are products that offer chromatherapy—the use of color and light therapy to balance energy wherever a person’s body is lacking. One new chromatherapy bath product is the Hansaclear Lux showerhead by HANSA (www.hansaamerica.net). Completely transparent, the showerhead reveals how water flows and moves within. The handle contains a touch-button to select the color of the light and a small battery pack that requires an occasional, brief recharging.

Another bath product offering chromatherapy is Mr. Steam’s Chromasteam System (www.mrsteam.com). The system incorporates LED lights to shine an array of mood-elevating colors into the steam room—from soothing shades of blue and green to energizing colors like orange and red. 


The technology

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor chip that emits light when conducting current. LEDs are very versatile due to their ability to emit nearly all spectrums of light. This has led to their nearly universal adoption as a light source for a wide range of applications. Innovation in the field of LED illumination, also referred to as Solid State Lighting (SSL), is progressing at an amazing pace.
—Advanced Lumonics LLC, www.earthled.com

New bulbs

The greenest option for lighting your home or office is a LED bulb, like the Pharox bulb from Lemnis Lighting. Using only 4 watts of energy compared to a CFL bulb’s 7 watts, and emitting less CO2 than CFLs, LED bulbs also have the upper hand when it comes to life span (lasting 50,000 hours compared to CFL’s 8,000) and recyclability (unlike CFLs, LED bulbs contain no mercury). LED bulbs provide ultra-efficient, warm white light with no flicker or delayed start-up.
—Lemnis Lighting, www.lemnislighting.com

Ceiling-fan advancements

The California Lighting Technology Center (www.cltc.ucdavis.edu) and Hunter Fans (www.hunterfan.com) have partnered to design and develop a cost-effective LED lighting kit for energy savings in residential applications. The LED ceiling fan light kit will serve as a direct, bolt-on replacement for pre-existing fan systems.

Benefits of LED lighting

  • Saves you money on electricity
  • Emits less heat than standard bulbs
  • Instant on/off
  • Works in cold weather

—C. Crane Lighting, www.ccrane.com

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