LEDs, the New Face of Lighting

Mini - LED recessed lights
Mini – LED recessed lights
LED light grazing a textured wall
LED light grazing a textured wall
LED light imbedded into drywall
LED light imbedded into drywall

LEDs or light emitting diodes are gradually changing the direction of lighting in today’s market.  Gone are the days of using the incandescent light bulb as we have been accustomed to since its invention.  LEDs are not only more energy efficient than the standard light bulb or even the ugly fluorescent, but its applications are endless.  With the use of LEDs, research tells us that we have the potential to reduce energy costs in this country by one third in the year 2030.  Although LED light bulbs are initially more expensive, a light bulb can last for years without having to replace it, thus using less energy.  Slowly, their price is coming down and will continue to as time goes on. In the early phase of the LED light bulb, the color of the light was not warm like an incandescent bulb. Now, the CRI or color rendering index, is considered good or excellent, comparable to an incandescent bulb.  For the best color, look for an LED bulb with a CRI of 85 or higher when purchasing or specifying. LEDs are also much smaller than their counterparts.  Because of this, lighting is becoming sleeker, more miniature in size and the focus is more about the light in a space rather than the fixture itself.  For instance, a recessed ceiling light or mini – LED, can be 3 1/2″ in diameter instead of the 6″ or 7″ we are accustomed to.  There are recessed lights that are as small as 1″ and are available with no trim ring, giving a much cleaner look. LED lights have a linear quality because of their flat profile when used in a hanging pendant fixture. This gives a minimalistic quality excellent for contemporary interiors. Cove LED light systems are particularly useful for very high ceilings where maintenance would be an issue.  Such systems may provide 60,000 hours of life or 15-20 years before having to change a fixture. LEDs are dimmable, programmable and have the ability to change the color of light by changing the color of the lense.  They are ideal when used to highlight a textured wall, grazing the surface.  They can also be imbedded in drywall for a unique effect creating endless possibilities. The use of the LED light is changing the face of design in both commercial and residential interiors and gradually making a more energy efficient, greener world.  Although it is still in its early stage of development, it will clearly be the light of the future.