LED Lighting Installation Considerations
What to Know Before LED Lighting Installation
With the advent of LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, we have a new alternative to old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs. LED bulbs are now selling at reasonably affordable prices, so it’s easier than ever to lower your energy costs, help the environment, and illuminate your house with bright, white light. But even with all of these advantages, you may not be ready to go all-in on LED lighting. If you’re on the fence, here are 7 things you need to know before committing to LED lighting installation.
Switching to LED can be simple
To get the benefits of LED without replacing all your existing fixtures, replace your incandescent screw-in lightbulbs with screw-in LED bulbs. You can do it all at once or gradually, replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs only after they’ve burnt out.
Installing new fixtures maximizes LED benefits
As mentioned above, switching to LED can be simple. But to maximize the benefits of LED lighting installation, such as bulb lifespan and efficiency, then retrofitting at least some of the fixtures on your property may be worthwhile.
LED lights will save you money
At first, it may not seem like switching to LED bulbs is a smart money move. They are more expensive than incandescent bulbs even though the prices are dropping. But, LEDs are a long-term investment. So while you may be paying more upfront for an LED bulb, it’s going to last for about 20 years. Compare that to an incandescent bulb that burns out after about two years. Plus, a single LED uses 70% to 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb, which translates to lower energy bills.
Not all LED lights are created equal
Some LED bulbs and fixtures are better than others. To ensure you’re getting the best LED bulbs possible, choose ones that are Energy Star certified. Or, talk to the experts at Apollo Electric, who can answer all of your questions regarding LED lighting installation.
LED lighting is more directional
LEDs emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent bulbs, which emit light and heat in all directions. That means LEDs can be positioned for maximum efficiency and are the better lighting choice in several different situations.
LEDs are dimmable, but…
One of the biggest questions people have around LED lighting installation is whether or not LED lights are dimmable. The fact is, most LED bulbs are dimmable, but not all LED bulbs are going to be compatible with your current dimmer switch. It may take some trial and error before you find the right bulb for your dimmer switch. Your other option is to have a certified electrical contractor like Apollo Electric inspect your property and advise you on LED lighting installation and compatible dimmer switches.
LED bulbs come in a wide range of colors
Look for what is known as the “K rating” on the packaging on your LED bulb. K stands for Kelvin, a measure of color temperature. You can find bulbs anywhere from 2,700 to 6,500 Kelvin. Bulbs on the low end of that spectrum produce yellow light that’s ideal for general living spaces; bulbs around 3,300 to 4,500k produce white light that’s perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Anything over 4,600k is considered daylight and is best used for outdoor and security lighting.
If you’re still unsure about LED lighting installation for your home or office, then speak to the experts at Apollo Electric. We will gladly recommend and install efficient and stylish lighting solutions for any high-end residential or commercial property within the five boroughs of New York City. With Apollo, you can expect fast, reliable service from a professional team of friendly and experienced contractors. Contact Apollo Electric today.