Tired of the heat that your under -- cabinet lights emit?
Imagine having sufficient bright light as you perform your tasks
on your countertop with almost zero heat. There's been
a breakthrough in LED technology that's already happened in the
commercial sector that is now making its way into more and more
homes. And homeowners who have LED lighting under their cabinets
are thrilled with their performance.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are solid-state semiconductor
devices that convert electrical energy directly into visible
light. With no moving parts, there is nothing to break, shatter
or leak contaminates into the environment. Unlike most fluorescent
sources, LEDs contain no mercury and emit no ultraviolet rays
or infrared heat.
The incandescent light bulb is wasteful: 95% of the energy
it consumes actually produces heat while only 5% produces light.
LEDs require very little energy compared to incandescent or halogen
bulbs resulting in significantly lower energy costs for the user.
And since nearly all of the power to an LED is converted into
light, that means minimal heat is given off.
LEDs last longer than other light sources. Unlike conventional
light sources, LEDs don't dramatically burn out and cease to
function. High quality white LED light sources still have 90%
light output at 9000 hours and can retain up to 70% of light
output after 50,000 hours. In light usage terms, this translates
into more than ten years!
While the upfront cost is higher than conventional lighting,
the savings in replacement bulbs and electricity bills will offset
this cost over the life span of the LEDs, without even taking
inconsideration the tremendous benefits for the environment.
Up to now, there have been challenges in three areas in the
development of LED lighting: producing the right colour, producing
enough light and optimizing thermal management. All these have
all been addressed. These lights are also aesthetically pleasing.
Here is a photo from a recent kitchen installation that illustrates
the effect of the under-cabinet strip LED lighting. The light
in this space is emitted from 12 single watt lights that's 12
watts compared to at least 100 watts from three conventional
LEDs are for the present, not just the future
An overview of the literature available on this topic finds
that LED lighting in the kitchen is heralded as the trend for
the future. Progress in LED technology continues at an increasing
pace. Efficiencies and light quality are improving with ongoing
development of standards and reductions in cost. But, with the
new, high quality products available on the Canadian market,
substantial energy savings and the positive impact on the environment
can be achieved today. If you're planning a new kitchen
renovation in the near future, I highly recommend that you investigate
LED lighting for your under-cabinet lighting needs.