Are LED Downlights Affordable For A Home?

old light bulbSolid state LED lighting has become the standard. Energy savings over conventional lighting can reach as much as 25% on brightly lit structures. LED streetlights are appearing in cities all over the globe, and the US Department of Energy claims it will represent over 45% of public lighting in the next two decades.

But the same advantages of commercial LED downlights are available to homeowners as well. Energy consumption can’t be so easily monitored, and most people don’t figure in lighting costs as part of the home expenditures. But people are becoming more aware that LED bulbs can create substantial savings over time. LED bulbs and lighting fixtures are taking up more space in retail stores than they did just a few years ago, and even tech review sites have jumped on the LED bandwagon.

Lighting manufacturers have made real progress in adopting LEDs into products for the home consumer. As their processes improve and the market expands, LED products continue to drop in cost to a price level comparable to traditional lighting costs. Even when there was a notable disparity, consumers were still buying because of the well-known cost savings in using LED bulbs. The market has moved well beyond the “how much” phase and into the “what are my options” mind-set where it’s not the LED technology or even prices that are in question, but the variety of products available to suit disparate tastes.

Increased efficiency in the industry has led to lower costs, but that doesn’t ensure consumers will adapt to the products any faster. Too often LED lighting has focused on lowering costs and offering cheap, energy-conscious products with no eye to performance or personal style. Fortunately the market is catching up to consumers.

LED lighting can come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Recessed and pendant lights come in various power outputs from 7 watt mini-lights to bright ceiling lights of 90 watts and more than 2300 lumens. LED lights, unlike traditional lighting, can easily be built into any pattern or design required on virtually any surface, from countertops, to walls, to ceilings without the drawbacks of overheated and fragile glass bulbs. Traditionally, homeowners had to buy up lamps to illuminate the dark corners that overhead lighting didn’t reach. LED lighting, from traditional sconces and chandeliers to banks of recessed lights where you need them most, can become part of the architecture of the energy-efficient home.

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