Wolfers' own Susan Arnold demonstrates new trends in LED at our Home Lighting Seminar.
Because LED is an emerging technology, there is a lot of information—and misinformation—out there. Our seminar helped bust some of the LED myths, highlight the benefits of LEDs, and provide helpful insights when shopping for LED bulbs and fixtures. We answered a wide variety of questions, including the following:
How does LED differ from incandescent and halogen light sources?
Answer: Incandescent and halogen bulbs have delicate filaments that are sensitive to vibration and contact, making these lamps less durable than LEDs. Incandescent/halogen sources typically have shorter lifespans (1-3 years) than LED. LED life spans range from 25,000+ hours.
Why is it important to understand color temperature and dimming of LEDs?
Answer: Color temperature can create the palette for your room. A lower color temperature on the Kelvin scale produces a softer feel, ideal for environments with a warmer palette. Moving higher on the Kelvin scale (3000 Kelvin lamps and fixtures) can impart a more halogen-like color. Retail and commercial spaces often utilize 3500+ Kelvin temperatures.
As for dimming, LEDs dim differently than incandescent bulbs. As incandescent sources dim, the light source warms in color temperature. This is not always the case with LED. Generally when using a dimmer for LED, the light source dims in intensity only. There are, however, LED bulbs and fixtures with a feature called "warm dim"—indeed the LED warms in color as it dims (similar to incandescent). Most LED manufacturers clearly specify compatible dimmers for their product. Without the correct dimmer, LEDs can flicker, flash, and dim unevenly.
What are today's best LED applications and new products?
Answer: LEDs are growing in popularity in almost every room, particularly kitchens, family rooms, and great rooms. We are also seeing more and more people install LEDs in hard-to-reach places, such as cathedral ceilings, toe-kick linear lighting, recessed and track lighting. LEDs require no maintenance, unlike incandescent bulbs. Other great applications for LEDs include closets, under cabinets, step lights, bathroom lights, and other areas that could benefit from energy efficient lighting.
Landscape lighting is a wonderful application for LED technology. LEDs can be used to highlight architectural elements, trees/shrubs, footpaths, water features, and stone walls. LED flood lights offer long life, provide security, and are maintenance free, making them an excellent light source.
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As we fielded questions like these during the seminar, we realized just how much information our lighting experts had to share—so much so that we decided to put together all of this info in a free LED buying guide that anyone can access from our site.