Running a family home can be expensive. The bills can soon pile up, and money can get tight. It’s only natural that you want to do everything you can to save money, so have you considered investing in LED lighting? The startup cost can be off-putting (although more online lighting retailers are reducing the price of LEDs) but the benefits soon outweigh the initial cost.
A kitchen is one of the most versatile areas of your home. You use it for cooking, eating and socialising as a family, so it makes sense that your lighting needs to be versatile too. In the areas where you prep food, you need bright task lighting. In your eating area, you need ambient lighting. If you use the kitchen to socialise, you’ll need mood lighting to set the tone. That’s a lot to ask of a set of lighting if you just rely on the standard ceiling spotlights. LED bulbs allow you to customise your light. You should go for cool lighting in areas where you cook, with undercabinet lighting. Warm bulbs with a dimmable switch should be used in areas where you eat and socialise. You can even get creative by using plinth lights to light up your worktops, giving the illusion that they are floating.
The bedroom is somewhere where you relax, and your lighting should reflect that. Dimmable wall lighting can work great, and you should avoid blue lighting which can trick your body into thinking it is daylight, disrupting sleep. You can use bedside lamps for reading.
Much like the kitchen, the living room has different functions – it could be movie night with your partner, board games with friends or chilling alone with a book. A great structure for your living room lighting is to go for a tall floor lamp with wall lighting. Like the bedroom, you should avoid blue light which can produce serotonin. With LED you can experiment – why not try adding a colour-changing panel behind your TV for the wow factor.
One of the main problems that can occur with bathroom lighting is shadows. This mainly happens when your sole source of lighting in the room comes from the ceiling. To counteract this, focus the lighting around the mirror instead. LEDs work great in the bathroom as they switch on instantly, and the bulbs last much longer than a halogen bulb, so you barely ever need to change them.
Your study should be a highly productive space, and LED lighting can help with that. Use cool white lighting as this will make you feel more focused and alert. Remember to place lighting in an area that won’t cause glare on your screen.
Outdoor lighting is imperative to keep your home safe and secure. If you have children, you want to keep your decking and paths well-lit to avoid any risk of them falling. LED lighting works well in the garden as it lasts longer, and isn’t as delicate as other types of bulbs, so is generally quite weatherproof.
There are plenty of benefits to having LED lighting in your home. It lasts longer (for over a decade!), you can customise the colour of the bulb and it comes in a variety of unique styles. LED bulbs convert almost all of their energy to light rather than heat, so they are much more energy efficient. This means that you should see a reduction in your energy bills.
If you’re thinking about trying out LED lighting, why not try it in one room? Then, as each of your halogen/fluorescent bulbs breaks, replace them with LED.