Whether you’re building a new home or considering retrofitting the lighting in an existing home, if energy conservation matters to you there is only one type of light you should consider: LED lighting.
What are LEDs?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. The following is an extract from How Stuff Works on How Light Emitting Diodes Work:
Basically, LEDs are just tiny light bulbs that fit easily into an electrical circuit. But unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, they don’t have a filament that will burn out, and they don’t get especially hot. They are illuminated solely by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material, and they last just as long as a standard transistor. The lifespan of an LED surpasses the short life of an incandescent bulb by thousands of hours. Tiny LEDs are already replacing the tubes that light up LCD HDTVs to make dramatically thinner televisions.
The Recessed LEDs We Recommend
In the EkoModel Home, we used recessed LED lighting throughout the home.
The product we chose to use is from a company called Energy Efficient Lighting based in Markham, Ontario:
4 inch UltraThin LED Recessed Luminaire Round – UTLED-S9W-3KWH
These recessed lights only require 9W of energy and are rated for an amazing 50,000 hours. They retail for about $30 per unit.
For a list of agents carrying these lights, see Energy Efficient Lighting’s website.