Buying Guide for LED Lighting

The first light-emitting diode was invented in 1962, yet LEDs did not become a popular choice for homeowners and contractors until the 21st century. LED is an energy-efficient lighting solution that provides high-quality illumination for less than traditional bulbs. Before buying LEDs, what should you know?

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Why to Choose LED Bulbs

Bulbrite LEDHow often do you change light bulbs? When you make the switch to LEDs, you won’t have to worry about this arduous task for years to come. According to the US Department of Energy, good quality LED bulbs can last anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 hours. If you have the lights on for an average of 8 hours a day, the bulbs will last for 10 to 17 years!

LED bulbs are also 80 percent more efficient than incandescent and 40 percent more efficient than CFL bulbs. When your five most frequently used light bulbs are replaced with ENERGY STAR rated LEDs, you can save about $75 a year on energy costs.

Features of LED Bulbs

When shopping for LED bulbs, there are several factors to consider that will influence your lighting experience:

  • Color Temperature: This term refers to how warm or cool a light appears. Color temperature is measured from 1,000 to 10,000 on the Kelvin scale. Our LED bulb inventory has 2700K and 3000K bulbs; these “warmer” color temperatures do not emit the blue tint commonly associated with LEDs.
  • Dimmability: This modern feature is very popular for homeowners who want to set the ambiance. If you already have dimmer switches in your home, make sure the LED bulb is compatible. You may have to replace the dimmers to prevent flickering and low output.
  • Lumens: The amount of light produced by LED bulbs is measured in lumens, rather than watts. An LED bulb may measure only 4 watts but that coverts to more than 220 lumens. The greater the lumens-to-watts ratio, the more energy-efficient the bulb is.
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Whether you’re shopping for a new addition to light a dark area of your landscape or the best energy-saving light bulbs on the market, Connecticut Lighting Centers has thousands of options. CT Live! recently stopped by our showroom to walk the store with our Vice President, Todd Director.

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LED Bulbs

Customers who visit our showrooms for the first time may have a negative impression of LEDs. Bulbs purchased at other stores may have been tinted blue, burned out quickly or flickered.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we educate our customers as to why the LED bulbs we carry are high-quality and energy-efficient.

Lighting Controls

Lutron Caséta Wireless is a lighting control system that allows you to dim lights from your phone. For only $99, you receive the hub, dimmer and remote. Simply download the free application and control your lights from anywhere in the world!

If you don’t want to wire another jack into your wall, you’re able to buy a decorative wall plate and mount the dimmer like a regular light switch.

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LEDs vs. OLEDs: What’s the Difference?

Many of us have heard of LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. These energy-efficient, long-lasting lights have been the popular alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs for some time now. Far less people have likely heard of OLED: Organic light-emitting diode. Some experts in the lighting industry say that OLEDs could be the future of home lighting – what should you know about the differences between this bulb type and regular LEDs?

What Is LED?

In technical terms, a light-emitting diode is a semiconductor that emits light when a voltage is applied. To the typical person, LED bulbs and light fixtures are an energy-efficient option that can help lower electricity bills and cut back on bulb replacements. On average, an LED bulb can last 25,000 hours versus an incandescent bulb, which only lasts a mere 1,500 hours.

When these bulbs began to grow in popularity, many home and businessowners were turned off by their “blue” tint. With today’s technology, LED light is softer, making it a great source of general illumination in living and office spaces.

What Is OLED?

Much like our devices – phones, laptops and tablets – have gotten smaller or slimmer, OLEDs are essentially thinner LEDs with an alternative way to emit light versus a semiconductor. What other differences exist?

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How to Save On Lighting Costs in Winter

Winters in New England can be bitterly cold, with unpredictable snow squalls and ice storms. The start of 2018 has brought unseasonably cold weather to Connecticut and some families may be worried about their next utility bill. While heat is a necessity in the winter, there are tips and tricks to saving energy this time of year; one is reduced lighting consumption. We offer 3 quick tips to cut back on lighting costs this season.

Let the Sunshine In

motorized window shadesDid you know the sun’s rays in winter can be even stronger than in summer? When sunlight is reflected off snow, it’s double trouble – you are being hit with sunshine from both the sky and ground. On green grass, sunlight does not bounce back up.

Although you may get an unexpected sunburn, there is a benefit to brighter sunshine in winter: More natural light to illuminate your home! During the day, keep the curtains open and let the sun work in place of your light fixtures. As an added bonus, you can retain some of the sun’s heat after dark if you close the curtains tight at sundown.

Install Lighting Controls

Many of us can overuse our lights, especially during winter when the sun goes down earlier in the day. However, you may not need the number of fixtures that you think to keep a room well-lit. We always recommend layering your lighting design, which means a balance of ambient, task and accent lighting. For instance, recessed cans paired with a lamp and wall sconces. In many cases, you do not need all three sources on full-strength. That’s where lighting controls comes in.

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How LEDs Are Changing Lighting Design

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are essentially computer chips that produce light, designed for small applications. The technology can be built into a fixture or standard bulbs can be swapped out for increased energy-efficiency. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a variety of modern LED chandeliers, pendants, flush mounts, flood lights and wall sconces for customers to choose from. As LED technology continues to evolve, what impact do the advancements have on contemporary lighting design?

Beautiful, Lightweight Fixtures

LED technology has revolutionized the way light fixtures are being made. Think of a traditional four-light chandelier made from steel with glass shades. This fixture likely weighs more than 20 pounds and would require some muscle to transport. With today’s technology, an LED fixture from innovative brands like Elan and Dainolite can feel virtually weightless.

More Room for Creativity

LED technology is making everything smaller, which means homeowners have more open space to use. Rather than cluttering rooms with multiple floor lamps and wall fixtures, LED light bars, undercabinet lighting and tape lighting allows for more versatility. These categories of lighting make interior and exterior design more fun. Use LEDs for task lighting and to create cool lighting effects that highlight your home’s unique architecture.

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