The Myths about LED’s uncovered
When it comes to the kitchen, halogen lighting is becoming sparse as LED’s are seeing a rise in popularity and are undoubtedly the lighting solution of the future. Let’s uncover some of the unfounded myths surrounding LED lighting.
Is LED lighting always blue?
A common misconception is that LED lighting gives off a cold, blue light. In fact, it can actually emit varying shades of white light in a range of different colour temperatures. Cool white lighting will provide a bright, stark white light, whereas warm white projects a yellow glow.
If you wish to create mood lighting in your kitchen using LEDs, you can opt for fun colour changing options that fade between shades of violet, white, yellow, green, red, blue and cyan, or can be set to just one colour.
Is LED lighting suitable for traditionally styled kitchens?
LED lighting fits just as well in a traditionally styled kitchen as it does in a contemporary one. However, it is important to select the correct colour temperature when designing your kitchen and ensure the lighting you choose suits the cabinets and work surfaces in place.
For traditional kitchens, it is best to opt for warm white LED lighting. It will produce a soft beam that complements wood cabinets highlighting the natural grain and texture of the material.
The image below shows LED flexible strip lighting used in a traditionally styled kitchen. This type of lighting is great for a range of applications such as on a plinth, above cabinets or below the kitchen worktop to accentuate intricately designed handles.
Is LED lighting expensive?
The initial cost of purchasing LED lighting may be higher than it would be for halogen lighting, but the long-term benefits mean it is a worthwhile investment. LED lighting lasts up to 13 times longer, reducing the cost and hassle of buying and fitting replacement bulbs. LED’s have an average lifespan of 40,000 hours compared to just 3,000 hours with halogen. To add to this, due to the extremely low power consumption of LED’s you will also notice a significant reduction in the cost of your electricity bills.
How much of an impact does LED lighting have on the environment?
LED’s use significantly less energy than halogen bulbs, yet still provide the brightness needed in the kitchen. In fact, 90% of the energy used with halogen bulbs is wasted and converted into radiant heat. LED’s are also a far safer option as they will not over heat or produce UV or IR rays.