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Taylor Residence
Low-voltage track and recessed, adjustable down-lights are used to accent artwork, using 37 W IR MR16 lamps. Lighting is controlled by a Lutron Homeworks Series 8 whole-house automated dimming system, in which all lights are programmed to be dimmed 10% even at full “on” mode. This helps to extend lamp life, save energy, and reduce maintenance costs.
Juno Lighting
Juno Lighting
Tech Lighting
Bleiweiss Residence
In this bedroom, artwork and furnishings are lit with recessed, adjustable 37 W MR16 accent down-lights. The indirect cove up-lighting uses xenon lamps on a low-voltage track. The decorative pendant uses a 60 W halogen A-lamp. All of these sources are continuous spectrum lamps, offering full-range, smooth dimming.
Lutron Grafik Eye
Energy management comes from the use of a Lutron Grafik Eye (above), which allows the homeowner to program four “moods,” dimming groups of lights at different levels to create drama and visual interest, and also to address different functions such as TV watching, packing for a trip, or reading in bed.
Sylvania
A 14 W screw-in integrated-ballast CF, equal in lumen output to a 60 W general-purpose A19 incandescent lamp.
Tech Lighting
This decorative pendant, with a 32 W CF, features a translucent organza drum with inner glass cylinder to provide a soft wash of light.
Tech Lighting
A small decorative pendant with a 26 W CF features a slender-case glass shade topped with metal detail.
Tech Lighting
This decorative wall sconce with its 18 W CF features an elegant multi-toned shade comprised of natural shells.
Tech Lighting
Fluorescent lamps can make attractive bathroom lighting. This 24 W linear fluorescent lamp features a light bar with multi-layered white glass or white acrylic.
Tech Lighting
Well-placed, efficient fixtures can provide quality lighting that’s also functional and attractive.
Tech Lighting
Two 24 W linear fluorescent lamps flank a compact mirror, giving even, warm light.
Philips Endura
Philips’ new Endura 12.5 W LED A-lamp serves as a replacement for a 60 W general purpose incandescent A-lamp
Philips’ Endura LED dimmable
Philips’ Endura LED dimmable 7 W and 10 W MR16 12 V replacement lamps have a 25,000-hour lamp life and three beam spreads. Light intensity mimics that of a 50 W halogen MR16.
Philips’ Endura LED 12 W
Philips’ Endura LED 12 W, PAR30 flood replacement lamps have a 45,000-hour lamp life and three beam spreads. Light intensity mimics that of a 60 W halogen PAR30.
Cree Lighting
Cree Lighting’s four-LED down-light offers a deeply recessed lens for superior glare control. Its “True White” technology delivers high-efficacy light with warm color characteristics.
Juno's Angled Slot Reflector
This angled slot reflector is one of many trim options available from Juno Lighting.
Tech Lighting’s Element
Tech Lighting’s Element is an adjustable, 3-inch LED downlight, which is a good candidate for accent lighting. This shows an exploded view of the inner workings of the luminaire.
Halo Lighting
Halo Lighting also makes an attractive LED track head in large and small sizes.
Juno Lighting
Juno Lighting makes an LED track head with the driver incorporated into the head itself.
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting’s low-voltage monorail with LED track heads.
Tech Lighting
Decorative LED pendant fixtures offer a beautiful way to express your energy-efficient style.
Tech Lighting
Decorative LED pendant fixtures offer a beautiful way to express your energy-efficient style.
Juno Lighting
Under-cabinet LED task lighting is ideal for kitchens, the home office, and household work surfaces.
Juno Lighting
Under-cabinet LED task lighting is ideal for kitchens, the home office, and household work surfaces.
Taylor Residence
Juno Lighting
Juno Lighting
Tech Lighting
Bleiweiss Residence
Lutron Grafik Eye
Sylvania
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Philips Endura
Philips’ Endura LED dimmable
Philips’ Endura LED 12 W
Cree Lighting
Juno's Angled Slot Reflector
Tech Lighting’s Element
Halo Lighting
Juno Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting
Juno Lighting
Juno Lighting

However, industry standards for performance testing have only been in place for a couple of years and it can be difficult to sort out the good from the bad. But the payback can be worth it in convenience and increased efficiency. Lamp life expectancy ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 hours and LEDs produce less heat, saving on home cooling costs. LED sources do not emit UV radiation and this makes them good candidates for artwork accent lighting without the need for added UV filters. Incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent sources emit some levels of UV radiation. This is normally not of great concern unless you have valuable artwork, fabrics, and finishes which will be exposed to these artificial light sources continuously over long periods of time. In museums, for example, great care is taken to filter out UV radiation from artificial light sources to prevent fading and deterioration of paper, fabrics, and paintings. In a home setting, your biggest concern regarding UV fading should be about controlling daylight and direct sunlight to reduce the effects of UV damage.

LEDs are directional sources, so they lend themselves to applications such as recessed down-lights, accent lighting, task lighting, and cove lighting. Some manufacturers are designing decorative pendants, wall sconces, and ceiling fixtures specifically for LEDs. It is best to see an installed example of a fixture that you are considering, to evaluate how it really performs.

Replacement LED lamps are available to screw into your existing incandescent sockets and to replace your bi-pin MR16 halogen lamps and PAR lamps. However, be sure to examine and compare the lumen output of these lamps to their replacements. Look for either the Energy Star Label or the Lighting Facts label to ensure that the manufacturer has tested the product to meet some minimum efficiency requirements. The Lighting Facts label, implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a volunteer program where manufacturers publish their test data to help consumers select quality LED lighting products. You will notice that these LED replacement lamps have significant heat sinks to pull heat away from the sensitive LEDs inside their protective enclosures. If these devices are put into a completely enclosed fixture, such as an enclosed track head, or a recessed and lensed down-light or a sealed landscape floodlight, they may suffer early failure due to excessive heat buildup.

Comments (2)

jameswright053's picture

Induction lamps are ideally suited for high-ceiling applications where the lamps are difficult, costly or hazardous to access. They are also ideally suited for such applications where the advantages of fluorescent lighting are sought but a light source is needed that can start and operate efficiently in extremely cold temperatures. Additionally Induction lamps are very efficient energy saver and uses very less electricity.

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