3 things to consider with LED recessed lights

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, energy efficiency.

In response to the demand for energy efficient lighting that reflects green design, Progress Lighting has introduced a variety of LED sources to meet our customers design needs and goals. One of our newest – and most popular – products in the new year has been our high performance LED recessed downlight.

Progress Lighting’s AC LED 6” trim features a 120V alternating current source and is comprised of an integrated board without any electronics. This modular approach results in an encapsulated fixture that unites performance, cost and safety benefits. With a better overall lighting effect, AC LED is dimmable to 10% and offers a 3000K-color temperature and 1195 lumens.

LED fixtures pay for themselves through significant energy and cost savings, and improvements in technology has made this source a smart decision for many builders and homeowners. Before making the switch to LED lighting, here are a three factors to consider:

1. Positioning LED recessed fixtures: Recessed fixtures should be used for accent lighting of art, tabletops, plants, sculpture etc – rather than general illumination or over seating areas since they cast hard shadows. Layer this accent lighting with other sources of illumination that provide decorative, task and ambient light.

2. Selecting the right amount of lumens: Part of the learning process is to not look at wattage but to look at lumen output. Choose LED sources with lumen outputs that are compatible with your traditional sources.

3. Considering LED color temperature: Be aware that LEDs do not get warmer in color when dimmed, which is what incandescent lighting does. Consider adding a warming filter to LED products to change the color temperature from 2700K or 3000K to 2400K. This is the color of dimmed incandescent.

Source: Residential Lighting, Ask Randall: How Many Lumens Are Needed to Light a Room, http://www.residentiallighting.com/how-many-lumens-are-needed-light-room?eid=216629346&bid=814595

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