The Top 3 Lighting Trends You Need

Top 3 Lighting Trends you need to know about

We have rounded up the three biggest lighting trends that are hot right now and are must haves for your home.  They are fairly simple changes that have a huge impact on your life.

Lighting Trend #1: Lighting Sensors

Is there a room in your house where the lights are always being left on?  By replacing your current light switch with an occupancy sensor switch, you will never leave the lights on again!

top 3 lighting trendsAn occupancy sensor will automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room and it will turn them off once you leave.   Not only is it convenient but it saves energy and saves you money on the electric bill.

These sensors are ideal for rooms where the lights are accidentally left on such as pantries, closets or bathrooms.  They are also ideal for rooms you enter when your hands are full such as your laundry room, kitchen or a work/storage room.

The sensors have setting options on them to adjust the sensitivity as well as how long the light should remain on after you leave the room.  This is handy if you are making trips back and forth into the room so you don’t have the lights turning on and off constantly.

To read more about it, check our post http://landscapelightingguru.com/occupancysensorswitch/

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Lighting Trend #2: Lighting inside cabinets and drawers

Don’t you hate it when your cabinets or drawers are so dark that you can’t see the contents, and you can’t find what you need? Tired of using a flashlight when you need to venture into a dimly-lit space? Well, trendsetters these days have found elegant solutions to that problem: they’re adding lighting inside those formerly-dark spaces.  In many cases, when you open a drawer or cabinet, the light inside is triggered to instantly turn on.

 

 

 

Lighting Trend #3: LED

lighting trendsLED lighting continues to be top trend in indoor and outdoor lighting and will remain that way for years to come.  The US Department of Energy forecasts that LED lighting will comprise 75% of all lighting sales by the year 2030.

This is such an easy trend to get on board with – retrofitting your current fixtures is as easy as changing out your light bulb.  LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have been constantly evolving and improving since they were introduced. The latest LED technology offers a broad range of colors and intensity levels with ever-increasing energy efficiency.  It saves you money right away in electrical costs and longer term as you don’t have to replace the bulbs as often.

  • High Efficiency – LED uses 75% less energy than traditional lighting Better for the environment and saves you money
  • Extra long life – LED have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours that is an average of 15 years. In addition, the light output remains consistent throughout its lifespan. The long lifespan requires very little on-going maintenance.
  • Variety of Color Options and size – LEDs can match the warm tones of incandescent lighting, overcoming the cold, blue-white light of the past.
  • Surface temperature – LED lamps remains cool which allows for improved safety and no energy loss due to heat.

If you would like to learn more about these lighting trends or any other indoor lighting options, please give us a call at 210-710-7737.

 

 

Lightbulb Moment – save money with LED

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Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of upgrading your lighting to LED?  Not sure where to start?

The easiest way to start is to replace the incandescent bulbs in the five most often used fixtures in your home with LED.  According to the EPA, these energy star rated bulbs will save you about $75 in energy costs each year.

If you want to take a current open fixture and instantly give it a vintage vibe, try the LED vintage-style or Edison-style lamps.  This a great trick for pendant lighting in your kitchen or a chandelier in your dining room since many of those are open.

Do you really have to abide by the recommended wattage label taped to the lamp cord?  Short Answer is YES – it is a safety issue.  The label lets you know how much heat the fixture can handle without damaging the socket and internal wiring.  However, the long answer is if you are using LED, you have a little more flexibility because they use significantly less energy than standard bulbs so you can go up in wattage if you want a brighter light.  We posted some general conversions of standard bulb watts to its LED counterpart in Lumens here.

 

 

 

The Lighting Revolution

Lighting Revolution LEDChicago is the most recent city to announce it will be changing almost all lighting in public spaces to LED.   Cities big and small are rolling out similar plans in an effort to save money and increase safety.  They also like the programming options that LED lights provide like the dim and brighten options.  LEDs have started a lighting revolution in the industry and offer more options that ever before.

The benefits of retrofitting current lighting systems to LED is not just for cities or commercial real estate.  As a homeowner,  converting an outdoor lighting system with LED lamps can recoup its cost in just two years! We are able to retrofit your system using your existing fixtures but replacing your current lamps with LED lamps.

Did you know at current electricity pricing you pay as much as $90 per year per Mercury Vapor fixture in electricity more than you would with our new retrofit LED’s? Color tones are almost identical, and you are replacing with lamps that are much safer for the environment as well as very long lived. Our various retrofit lamps have a minimum of 30,000 hour life. Some as long as 75,000 hours (that’s 30 years). They all come with a minimum of a 5 year manufacturer warranty.

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shutterstock_124213174Converting an outdoor lighting system with LED lamps can recoup its cost in just two years! We are able to retrofit your system using your existing fixtures but replacing your current lamps with LED lamps.

Did you know at current electricity pricing you pay as much as $90 per year per Mercury Vapor fixture in electricity more than you would with our new retrofit LED’s? Color tones are almost identical, and you are replacing with lamps that are much safer for the environment as well as very long lived. Our various retrofit lamps have a minimum of 30,000 hour life. Some as long as 75,000 hours (that’s 30 years). They all come with a minimum of a 5 year manufacturer warranty. .

The Guru specializes in retrofitting lighting systems.   If you have an old Mercury Vapor system, we can retrofit your current fixtures with money saving LED lamps.  For more information, give the guru a call at 210-710-7737 for a free consultation.