Many home owners have questions when they switch over to LED lights. They know that making the switch will help them to save a lot of money on lighting expenses, but they just aren’t sure how to get started. If you are thinking of changing over to LED lights in your home, here are some tips that will help you
When it comes to lighting your home, ensuring that you have the right lighting in your kitchen is very
important. The kitchen not just the place where we prepare food – it is also somewhere to socialise
Your kitchen lighting must be practical, so that you can have the right illumination for the cooking
tasks that you will perform in it. No two kitchens are the same, so the perfect lighting solution for
your kitchen will need to be designed with your habits and kitchen usage in mind – as well as your
budget and your individual sense of style.
Whether you are designing a kitchen from scratch, or improving the lighting in a pre-existing kitchen,
these tips will help you to illuminate your kitchen in a practical and attractive way.
Tips for Changing to LED
As LED lighting becomes more popular, many people are making the switch over to this new and
innovative form of technology. Switching over has a number of benefits and it is a lot easier than you
However, many home owners have questions when they switch over to LED lights. They know that
making the switch will help them to save a lot of money on lighting expenses, but they just aren’t
sure how to get started. If you are thinking of changing over to LED lights in your home, here are
some tips that will help you to make sense of the many energy-efficient lighting solutions that are
available on the market today, so that you can choose the right LED bulbs for your needs.
Can You Replace One Bulb in a Circuit or fitting as They Go?
You might be wondering whether or not you can switch one of the light bulbs in a circuit or in a
fitting, such as a four light spotlight, without switching the others. Do you need to change all four
bulbs at once, or will the LEDs function alongside the halogen bulbs?
The answer depends on whether they are low-voltage bulbs or mains. The difference is that low
voltage bulbs have “pins” that connect them to the circuit and mains will have “pegs”. If they are
mains with pegs, there should be no problem. If they are low voltage bulbs with pins it is a little
However, in this situation it
makes sense to change all 4 bulbs
anyway, even if they are not
burnt out. This is because by
keeping the halogen bulbs in
there, you will be wasting a lot of
energy via heat and not really
saving money. It is a false
economy to wait until they burn
out to replace them, as the LED
lights will pay for the difference
and much more.
What to do with the Old Bulbs you replace?
What should you do with the old halogen bulbs from your home? What if they are still functioning?
The best way to deal with them is to recycle them if you can. Don’t throw compact fluorescent tubes
into your general rubbish, because they contain mercury.
Do LEDs Work With Dimmer Switches?
Yes, it is possible to find LED lights that work with dimmer switches, which means that they are even
more versatile for use in your home. You might need to choose an LED compatible dimmer, as it will
be designed to handle a much lower load. Also, some bulbs will be designed with built-in circuitry to
manage their dimmers and others do not. Make sure that they have a logo on the box which states
that they are “dimmable”.
What “Colour” Of Light Should I Choose?
Light temperature is measured in Kelvin and
the “warmer” the tone of the light, the
lower the kelvin rating. A “warm” light
approx. 2700k will have a yellow tinge and a
“cool” light approx. 6000k will have a bright
white or even slightly bluish tinge. Choosing
one or the other simply has to do with
preference. Many people prefer to use
warm lighting inside, because it creates a
welcoming and cosy atmosphere. They tend
to use cool white lights outside, because
they are brighter and make it much easier
to see people and objects in the dark.
Also, some people use different colours
such as red, green and blue as decorative or
holiday lighting, which can really create a
fun and festive atmosphere.
Low Maintenance and Easy to Install
LED lights are designed to be very easy to install and low maintenance due to their long lifetime as
compared to conventional bulbs therefore they need replacing less often. This means that if you
have a lighting fixture in a very awkward location that is hard to replace, LED lights will give you an
advantage and save you a lot of time and hassle. If at all possible, these should be the first LED lights
that you replace.
One of the advantages of using LED lighting is that it can be uni-directional, such as in the case of
LED strip lights that can be installed under your counter or kitchen cupboards. This can create a wide
and even spread of light providing very useful lighting that will help you when you are preparing
food or cleaning. LED strip lights are extremely flexible and versatile and they can be used almost
These are just a few things that you should know when you are switching your household over to
LED lights. Good luck with the switch and enjoy the many benefits that these lights can offer.