Contrary to popular opinion, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb. By the time he started working on it, about 20 inventors worldwide had drafted patents on it already. But even though he can’t take complete credit for the light bulb, he did perfect it. And it’s been getting perfected ever since. Today, lighting technology is evolving at an incredible speed, and LEDs continue to lead the way, reducing power usage, warming up in color and offering total light control. Some have actually called the change revolutionary!
The once cold, bluish light that was synonymous with LEDs has been replaced by any color and temperature you desire. They are flexible, easy to install and produce very little heat, compared to their incandescent cousins.
They are also becoming more affordable and are available in so many cool designs, especially for those who love a more contemporary look. But even for those who prefer a traditional lighting fixture, LEDs are a smart and efficient way to go, as they last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, making them the most energy-efficient bulb on the market.
I have so much more fun choosing lighting for my clients with all of the incredibly cool light fixtures available now due to LED technology. Today I’ve gathered some of my favorites. Will one of them light up your world? Enjoy!
*LED Myths & Facts from Lightology
CHANDELIERS + PENDANTS
Make a dramatic statement with these stylish high fliers.
MYTH: LEDs are cold and harsh.
FACT: LEDs are available in a wide variety of colors and color temperatures.
MYTH: LEDs don’t dim well.
FACT: Most LEDs dim perfectly, but you may need to replace your old dimmer with an LED compatible dimmer.
MYTH: LEDs will break.
FACT: Crafted as solid-state lighting, LEDs are actually more durable than incandescent bulbs and just as easy to replace (if needed). Good quality LED bulbs can have a lifespan of more than 25,000 hours, lasting 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
LAMPS + SCONCES
Ambient lighting never looked so good.
MYTH: LEDs don’t actually save energy.
FACT: LED bulbs can be five to seven times more energy efficient than incandescent lights, cutting energy use by more than 80 percent.
BATHROOM + KITCHEN LIGHTING
Shed some light on the areas you use most with beautiful LED design.
MYTH: LEDs can’t be stylish.
FACT: Today, every major designer and brand is releasing LED fixtures, from Tom Dixon and Jonathan Adler to industry leaders PureEdge Lighting, Moooi and Arteriors.
Contemporary LED lighting can highlight architecture or add interest where there is none.
MYTH: LEDs are expensive.
FACT: While it’s true they aren’t the least expensive option, advancements in manufacturing and technology mean LED fixtures are now available in a wide variety of prices. Once you install an LED fixture, you’ll save even more from your energy reduction.
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