Testing & Waiting
It’s an ongoing challenge to learn about the “new” LED (light-emitting diode) products. Finding the right fixtures with the right features is not an easy task. As much as designers (and homeowners) wanted to trade in their incandescent and halogen bulbs, good LED products were not ready for the design demands of the kitchen and bath industry.
Choosing the right color produced by an LED has been a big battle between designers who want the best color for the setting and the companies producing the options. Since the color of the light corresponds to the energy of the photon and the energy band gap of the semiconductor (technical factors over which we have no control), we had to wait to see what products would be introduced. So we tested, we waited, we tested, and we waited some more.
Let There Be LED Light!
Finally, the waiting is over! Now we are specifying LED lighting for the whole house, and not just the undercabinet, in-cabinet, and accent lighting in the kitchen. The lower energy consumption, low heat emission, long life (30,000 hours of more!), durability, and small sizes allow us to incorporate lighting into fun and functional spots. We can open the corner base cabinet to illuminate the often-hidden contents, or under a “floating vanity” to create a warm ambiance and a helpful nighttime glow. Possibilities go as far as along the front of open shelves for those hard-to-read book titles.
The color varies from warm to cool: 2700-3000k is considered warm and 3600-5500k are cool. I have yet to see anything above 2700k that is warm enough for our liking! But at least the range allows us to select the light output that best suits the task and setting. A few added benefits: the cost is reasonable, the wiring and installation are relatively easy, and you won’t be changing any bulbs!
Hope this helps!