Traditional lighting is something that is gradually giving way to new technologies with LED type luminaires and smart bulbs that help improve the lighting of the house and thus reduce the energy bill. A change to be made especially in the event of comprehensive reforms. And one of the most interesting is the switch from traditional lighting to one of the LED type which in the long run will benefit our pocket in particular.
And we have already talked about LED lamps in the home, lighting of this type we can safely say that it is no longer the future, but the present of our homes and the reasons for it. The acronym LED comes from Light Emitting Diode (a semiconductor diode that emits light when an electric current passes through it) and the number of benefits they offer to assess its use in the home are devastating.
The list of benefits that we are going to find that make LED lighting a part of our home is long and can be basically summarized in these six sections:
LED lamps are safer than traditional bulbs or other types of lamps used to light an LED bulb will allow you a useful life of up to 45,000 hours of use They do not generate thermal pollution since 80% of the energy it consumes is converted into light Allows you to save up to 80% of energy which can save you up to 50 euros difference compared to traditional bulbs With LED lamps on can adapt to a large number of circumstances whether by colors, atmospheres, places …. are alternately bulbs or LED lights with the possibility of being controlled from our smartphone thanks to Bluetooth connectivity
The process of change
In my case, I made a total change, a new installation which first led me to the installation of a plasterboard ceiling throughout the house which allowed a better distribution of all the wiring. lights and general electrical distribution. But it also allowed other benefits that we will see later.
The wiring is distributed over a false ceiling, which saves time and allows greater freedom when making the necessary holes and interstices since in this case the luminaire used was of the recessed type, which made it necessary to have more locations. or less fixed needed. In a building ceiling, the process would have been almost impossible to achieve or at least much more laborious.
In addition, by having a double ceiling, we will play with the length of the wiring, in order to be able to leave a surplus so that in case of need for a change of location over time, we just have to move the egg in the false ceiling without needing to extend new cables.
Plasterboard, the material most used in this type of solutions, can also be modeled so that we can locate the luminaire in multiple ways and in almost any position. In my case, I opted for circular shapes in which small 4.3 watt Osram LED lights are combined with larger ones such as those used in the kitchen or living room, respectively Philips 14 watt and Philips 15 watt, respectively, while those of the bathroom, a skylight 66 centimeters in diameter already has a power of 48 watts.
Equally interesting are other options that can be found in stores such as LED lamps in the form of tubes or others that already play even with fabrics as a screen. It is a question of evaluating the budget and the needs, both in lighting and decoration.
The importance of the temperature of light
And it is that in the aesthetic aspect, it is more than important to have someone with knowledge in decoration. Someone to advise us according to our furniture, the light in our house or the type of lamp chosen to be able to find the most suitable light.
One can find lamps on the market in this way, although they are similar, they are not exactly the same and for that you have to look at the Kelvin scale that each of them offers. This is the color temperature of a light source and the higher it is, the cooler the light will be.
Thus there are hot light sources which are those which, because of their color temperature, make them offer tones close to red while the cold ones are those which have tones close to blue. Light sources in the middle of the two are considered neutral. These are the three scales:
Warm light: (Between 2800ºK and 3500ºK). It is equivalent to the light produced by incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs. Most used for rooms such as living room and bedrooms.
Neutral light: (Between 3800ºK and 4500ºK). It is considered the most natural light.
Cold light: (More than 5000ºK). It is equivalent to the light of a very sunny or cloudy day. It is the most used in kitchens and bathrooms although they are losing ground in the latter in favor of warmer ones which offer a better range of colors.
In my case, I opted for a luminaire with a scale that varies between 3000 Kelvin for hallways and rooms which seeks to achieve a more welcoming environment and 4000 Kelvin in the kitchen, a value a little cooler but which seems to me ideal for giving more light to a space that always needs it and which also combines very well with light-colored furniture.
Decoration is important
We come to the last section. The one that makes us think of the conjunction of lights and decoration. A mixture that means that if you have a floor with moderate natural light, as is the case, you have to opt for light tones (in furniture, floors, doors and walls) and therefore in decoration, leaving the elements additional decorative items (paintings, rugs, cushions, etc.) those that add color.
In this case, I opted for lights that seek to simulate a light close to that offered by incandescent bulbs with recessed ceiling which also allow to play with a certain angle of inclination to orient them as is the most interesting.
And in the middle of the installation a tip they gave me. Do not sin for a shortage, because the lack of light can make a house lose its entirety, no matter how well finished and decorated it is.
In this sense, I placed lights in the area near the walls to create softer environments simulating indirect lights. The only rooms that were saved from such a placement were the kitchen (obvious reasons), the bathroom and the living room environment area in which I decided to focus almost all the light in the room, leaving the rest with a functional hallway effect with switches.
A change which, although laborious and time consuming, has resulted in a substantial improvement over the traditional lighting usually used in the home. And although the cost of switching to LED lamps at the time of purchase may seem excessive, it is not as much as it was a few years ago and in the process we will improve and optimize our consumption to eat away at our electricity bills. .
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