So, are LEDs ready for your home? Yes they are—especially when used in ways that capitalize on their current strengths. Today's LEDs are ideal for:
The technology behind LED recessed lights has advanced significantly and there are several very high quality LED systems available. LEDs make a great choice for recessed lighting especially because they are dimmable, silent, long-lasting and they turn on instantly.
Think slim, modern LED desk lights. Many modern LED task lamps are available in a "cool white" light color (more like daylight) and a "warm white" light color (more like classic incandescent bulbs). LED desk lamps usually have brightness similar to a 60-75 watt incandescent bulb, but without the heat.
Creativity abounds in the world of decorative LEDs. One of the most inventive is LED candles and tealights, which glow and flicker just like the wax ones. (Some even go out when you blow on them.) Plus, there are multi-color LED bulbs designed for showcasing cabinets and bars--and even colorful LED accessories like wine coolers.
Decorative LED mini pendants over a kitchen counter offer many benefits: they're dimmable, long-lasting, cool to the touch and have a steady white glow. They usually have a low level of light output (equivalent to a 40 watt incandescent bulb), so it is important to add other lighting to the space such as flushmounts or wall sconces.
Enhanced Task Lighting
Adding LED undercabinet lighting to a kitchen can make a world of difference when you're chopping, slicing and stirring. LED button lights and LED rope lights are also quick and easy ways to add more light to spaces that really need it.
Hard to Reach Lights
The long life of LED lights (estimated usually at 50,000+) means that they almost never need replacing. For areas that are hard to access, high quality LED ceiling/wall lights may provide hassle-free lighting for years.