Statistics show that lighting accounts for about 10% of total energy use in residential properties. Below is some information on the elements of a good LED light system for homes.
LED Lighting For Homes
Unlike other types of artificial lighting, LED bulbs are solid-state light emitting diodes (LEDs) that produce visible light when electric current passes through them. Moreover, LED bulbs emit light in a specific direction (unidirectional). In comparison, fluorescent and incandescent bulbs emit light in all directions. It is also worth noting that LED bulbs do not generate huge amounts of heat energy. Incandescent bulbs are notorious for energy wastage losing up to 90% of electric energy in the form of heat. As a result, LEDs have become the preferred option for residential lighting needs. You can read here for more reasons that LED lights are a good solution.
Elements Of A Good LED Lighting System
- Color Rendering Index (CRI)
Choose a lighting system that has a good (60-80) or excellent (more than 80) CRI rating. In general, the lower the CRI rating, the less accurately an LED bulb can reproduce its color spectrum frequencies in comparison to a reference light. In the US, CRI rating is based on a scale that runs from 1-100.Take note the DOE is working on a new index to replace the traditionally accepted CRI scale.
- Color temperature
Select a lighting system whose color temperature suits your home’s indoor décor, lighting preferences, and natural light levels. For instance, install an LED lighting system that has cool color temperatures in a room that receives plenty of sunlight during the day. This is to ensure that the artificial light produced by such a lighting system blends in well with natural light.
- Energy Star certification
Make sure the LED lights system you are planning to purchase has Energy Star certification and the Energy Star label as well. Think of certification as a guarantee that you are purchasing a quality product that complies with stringent industry-specific energy conservation standards and benchmarks.
When shopping for LED lights for residences, you should consider factors such as Energy Star certification, color temperature, and Color Rendering Index. A residential lighting that satisfies these requirements can last for more than 20 years and will help you cut lighting energy expenses by 75%, according to energystar.gov.