Given the efficiency, lifespan, and ability to provide wonderful quality of light, LED lighting has become the go-to source for residential lighting design. In fact, LEDs are used in almost every single lighting design project nowadays.
But why have LEDs become such a widespread light source? And what makes them so much more appealing than the traditional halogen and incandescent bulb? In this article, we explain everything you need to know about LEDs in lighting design.
LED stands for light emitting diode and produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent bulbs. It’s a semiconductor light source that emits light when an electrical current flows through a microchip. To prevent performance issues, the heat produced from LEDs are absorbed into a heat sink.
The lifetime of LED lighting products are determined differently to other light sources, such as incandescent bulbs. LEDs typically don’t ‘burn out’, but instead experience ‘lumen depreciation’. This relates to the brightness of the LED and how it dims slowly over a certain amount of time. The lifetime of an LED is established on the prediction of when the light output decreases by 30 percent.
Given LEDs are small in size, they provide lighting designers with the ability to innovate and provide unique designs. Some LED solutions are made to physically resemble familiar light bulbs, matching the appearance of an incandescent bulb for example. You can also opt for a hybrid approach, where a non-traditional bulb or replacement light source format is used and specially designed for a unique fixture.
In short, LEDs offer fantastic opportunity to create a lighting scheme like no other.
LEDs offer several advantages over traditional light bulbs, including:
At Hampshire Light, we have many years’ experience designing superior lighting schemes using LED lighting solutions. Making use of controls and technologies that allow users to dim, change the colour, and turn on/off their LED lights, gives our customers the control and flexibility their space deserves. To find out how Hampshire Light could use LED lighting to transform your space, contact us today and arrange your complimentary design consultation.
Lighting is a difficult yet technically interesting subject that requires expertise in a range of disciplines. Skill, knowledge, experience, and the potential to work at a wide range of scales are fundamental parts of being a successful architectural lighting designer.
Whether you’re buying a new home, or planning on renovating, lighting should be considered from the start. However, before you rush into things and start purchasing fixtures online, it’s a good idea to fill any missing answers to questions you may have.