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Considerations for Installing LED Lighting at Home

LED Lightbulb
Light emitting diode (LED) lighting has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners who want to improve the quality of light in their indoor and outdoor spaces, minimize energy costs, and contribute positively to environmental sustainability.

In spite of the rave reviews, the comparably higher upfront cost has some homeowners wondering whether LED lighting is worth the investment. LED lighting can indeed pay for itself in the long-term, but to realize value for money, experts recommend being strategic when installing this type of lighting. Here are some things to consider if you are looking to convert the lighting in your home to LED.


The average home has about 45 light bulbs. This means that, for many homeowners, a large portion of the electricity bill is attributable to lighting.

While the sticker price for LED lamps is comparably higher, the actual cost of using LED light bulbs is significantly lower than that of incandescent bulbs. So the energy cost savings can add up fast the more LED bulbs you have in your home. However, a whole-house LED lighting installation may not always be possible.

If you are on a tight budget, consider partial installation of LED light bulbs. Select the light bulbs you use the most and replace these with more energy-efficient LED bulbs. In many homes, these bulbs might include the ones in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom areas. With time, you can replace the remaining bulbs and enjoy the payoff for years to come.

Light Intensity

In the past, some consumers shunned LED lighting because the bulbs would produce dull pools of light. Today, many types of LED bulbs emit a bright, intense, and wide beam and provide reliable lighting for indoor and outdoor spaces.

When installing LED bulbs, consider the appropriate amount of light you need in the different areas in your home. Too much or too little light can be uncomfortable and unsafe, not to mention a waste of money.

The light intensity is measured in lumens. Generally, a 60 watts incandescent bulb is the equivalent of a 4-5 watts LED bulb, and a 100 watts incandescent bulb emits the same amount of light as a 16-20 watts LED bulb. Ask a skilled electrician for recommendations if you are unsure which type of LED bulbs to replace your incandescent bulbs with in terms of light intensity.

Light Color

In addition to considering the amount of light you need, think about the color. Traditional light bulbs typically produce a warm, yellow glow. With LED, you have more options, ranging from warm yellows to bright blues.

Kelvin is the measure of color a light bulb produces. LED bulbs with a lower Kelvin rating emit warm yellow light, while those at the further end of the spectrum have a higher Kelvin rating and emit bright blue light. In the middle are white light LED bulbs.

The color of light you choose is largely a matter of function. Some areas in your home, such as the living room, bedroom, and underneath overhead cabinets in the kitchen, might benefit from warm, yellow light. On the other hand, white light would be suitable for task lighting in areas such as the bathroom and gathering areas in the kitchen or dining room.

Converting to LED lighting can be a significant investment, but the payoff is worthwhile. A lot goes into replacing traditional bulbs with LED lights, so be sure to consult a reputable electrician for proper selection and installation of LED lighting in your home.

At Supreme Electric, we are committed to keeping your home lit. If you want lighting installations, call today to speak to one of our licensed electricians who will provide a free estimate.