Kitchen Style In 2013: LED Light Strips.

LED light bulbs are special light-emitting diodes that produce resourceful and high intensity light. They’ve become increasingly popular in homes all over the world, and businesses too, due to their energy efficiency and long service life. Although initial LED bulb costs are higher than those of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, the chemical composition of LED lights helps them to perform much better than traditional lights. PLED technology (polymer diodes) are not yet commercially available, however semiconductor LEDs and organic LEDs are used in a number of consumer products.

LED lights are highly adaptable and interchangeable, meaning they can be used in a variety of lamps. Within the home, LED lights have replaced traditional (and wasteful) incandescent bulbs, and many have even replaced bulbs of higher wattage. Instead of using all the power that it draws from the socket, LED light bulbs convert the voltage to a sustainable and usable level, wasting far less power.

LED Lighting
As LED technology continues to develop, so do the uses for it within the home, thus the continued popularity of LED undercabinet striplight tape. This fabulous innovation has the ability to transform the way people use lights in the home, and the appearance of rooms – like the kitchen for example.

If used in a continuous strip above counters and behind worktops, they can be discreetly fitted while providing great ambient lighting for your kitchen space. Lighting is a very important part of your eating space, and if you like to treat and cook for guests the LED lighting can improve your kitchen experience greatly.

Installation
If you’re serious about improving the design of your kitchen, then the installation of LED light is relatively simple. All that’s required is a single power source, whether it’s behind an appliance or fitted inside a cupboard. LED light strips are available in a variety of lengths, and you can even get custom strips made to fit your kitchen. LED strip lighting can even be manufactured to fit around corners, meaning the design applications are endless. If the lighting is fitted under cabinets, you won’t have to worry about water exposure either, meaning no waterproof tape (unlike traditional bulbs).

Preference
As per any design element of your home, preference takes priority, especially in the kitchen where decorative lighting is a necessity. Cool, white LED strips provide a glacial, crisp glow, and this will help to illuminate pale and pastel wall colours. If you’re looking for a softer illumination, then dulled or warm white LED strip lighting is a great choice.

Naturally, white colours aren’t the only types of LED. Again it depends on personal preference, but there are a variety of colours to choose from, including green, blue, red and gold. If you only want a small beam of colour in your kitchen, LED strip lights can be combined with traditional ceiling lighting to illuminate different parts of your kitchen. In some cases, ceiling lights produce heavy shadows in the kitchen, and strip lighting underneath cabinets can be used to counteract this effect.

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This article was written by Lloyd, a design blogger, on behalf of MHA Lighting who are experts in energy saving lighting.