Monthly Archives: May 2014

7 Places You Never Thought You Could Use LED Lights

LED lights have hit the market with amazing results. These flexible, money-saving lights are being used to not only cut energy costs, but they are showing up in some unusual places. These bulbs are being used everywhere, from vehicle headlights to lighting up the San Francisco Bay Bridge. But they aren’t just functional, they can also be fun. The number of amazing ways LED lights can be used is only limited by a little know-how and your imagination. Check out these seven ways people are bringing light into their lives with LED lighting.

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Dark Drawers

If you are tired of searching endlessly in your desk for items, try lining the inside with LED lights to brighten up that dark drawer. Lining the front or sides can bring in the light you need to find everything quickly and easily. This idea isn’t just good for desk drawers either. Lining your dresser or kitchen drawers can help illuminate those dark corners where things get lost.

Rev Up Your Ride

The flexibility and durability of LED light strips can help you light up your vehicle for both looks and safety. If you want to make your motorcycle unique, you can design a LED light display right on your bike using a simpletutorial. Or you can place them on the interior and exterior of your car for both safety and a cool look.

Water Effects

One concern when you have children is that they could burn themselves on the hot water from the faucet. From washing their hands to taking a bath, this cool LED attachment will change colors with the water temperature. Blue for cold and red for hot will help your child see the temperature of the water before they get burned.

Fine Dining

The mood lighting at the nicest restaurant can’t compare to the LED lit tableyou can create at home. Whether you want to create a look that is colorful and different or a simple glow for your dining pleasure, this project is perfect. The frosted glass table top is durable and practical while the lighting beneath it is sure to be an eye-catcher at your next dinner party.

Light the Way

Using LED lights along an outdoor pathway is a good idea. It provides beauty and safety outdoors. But simply running LED light strips along the path is something that everyone can do. Why not take it up a notch and create a lit catwalk with stepping stones lit from inside. The steel modules glow from the LED lights inside to make a magical path along your walkways or in your back yard.

Cut the Cords

Having lamps around your house may be essential for lighting, but the long, troublesome cords don’t have to be. Converting your standard lamps to LED lit cordless lamps can give you the freedom to put lamps where you need them without worrying about finding a plug or running a cord.

Lighted Seating

If you’ve ever been to a movie theater, you know the strip lighting they have on the floor to mark the aisles. Running LED lights down dark hallways can give the same effect. But you don’t have to stop there. You can take that idea a step further by attaching the lighting strips under your furniture for a creative and unique home design.
Using a little know-how and your imagination, there is no limit to the number of ways you can bring light into your life. Many of these projects can be completed in just a few hours. The power of the LED light can make your life brighter.

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5 Reasons LED Lights are Worth the Initial Cost

5-reasons-led-lights-are-worth-the-initial-costWith recent developments in lighting technologies, there are a wide variety on the market. Which do you choose? The old style of incandescent light bulb is certainly on the way out, replaced by a variety of others such as halogens, CFLs, and LED light bulbs. LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a technology that has been around for quite a while, but only recently has it become viable as a means of actually lighting a home or business. In fact, although they are still relatively costly, LEDs are now one of the best ways of lighting your rooms up, thanks to the 5 benefits outlined below.

They Last a Very Long Time.  A traditional light bulb could be expected to last for around 750 hours. The more efficient Halogen bulbs last around 1,000 hours. CFLs are much better, coming in at an average of around 10,000 hours. These are all dwarfed by LED lights, which have an average life of 25,000 hours of use. You could add the other three together, double that, and still not match an LED light. So you’re paying a bit more per bulb, but you need far fewer of them over time.

LEDs are Extremely Energy Efficient.  Think of how hot other lights can get. Well, that heat is energy, just like the light is, and the more heat coming from the light bulb the more energy is being wasted. Incandescent bulbs use an astonishing 80% of the energy they get generating heat and just 20% generating light. That is tremendously inefficient, but LEDs are a very different story. In fact the ratio is flipped or better, with LEDs using as little as 10% of their energy for heat and the remainder to create light. This efficiency means huge energy bill savings over time.

LEDs are Durable and Work in Many Conditions.  Unlike other lights LEDs are quite durable and can endure knocks and impacts. This is in stark contrast to old glass light bulbs. They don’t need time to warm up before they provide light and they can operate in a greater range of humidity and temperature, especially the cold, where other light bulbs can struggle. This all makes them perfect for all kinds of uses and they are particularly suited to use as outdoor lights due to this ruggedness.

They Provide Plenty of Light.  If you think back you can probably come up with occasions when a light just wasn’t up to the job. It could not put out as much light as you needed, so you either had to get a stronger one or to augment it with another light installation. Not so with LED lights, which are exceptionally good at actually providing light. In short, you can illuminate the same area with fewer lights.

They’re Environmentally Friendly.  An LED light can be completely recycled, unlike other kinds of light bulbs. Furthermore, they do not contain toxins or hazardous materials as CFLs do, making disposal both safer and easier. And of course the fact that one LED lasts as long as dozens of traditional light bulbs also reduces the ecological impact, because you only need one instead of twenty-five.

All in all the intimidating price tag of an LED light bulb is no reason to be put off. They will last far longer, give more light with less power, they are less easily damaged, and are far more environmentally friendly. You will pay more to begin with, but you’ll pay far less over time thanks to needing far fewer of them and through savings on your electricity bill.

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