Light the home with LED lamps

We shine a spotlight on LED lamps. Jeanine Chrobak describes their benefits and the ways they can be used inside the home.

Lighting typically accounts for a fifth of electricity used in the home. Switching to LEDs (light emitting diodes) can deliver up to 85 per cent energy savings compared with traditional bulbs and they last at least 35 times longer than incandescent bulbs – that’s over 15 years additional use! Based on average use, the biggest savings can be made by simply switching to LEDs in your kitchen or living room as lighting in these areas of your home is usually left on for a longer time.

Besides the energy efficiency and impressive payback from switching to LEDs, the lamps provide exceptional light quality and colour rendering. The light colour (or colour temperature) is measured in Kelvin (K). If you want your LED lamps to accurately reproduce the warm comforting light produced by an old-style bulb, choose LED lamps with a colour temperature of between 2,700-3,000K. Do take into account the colour rendering index (CRI) too. The higher the CRI (up to 100), the more natural an object’s colours will appear. Today, LED lamps from trusted brands can achieve a CRI of over 80. 

What’s more, LED lamps are now available in modern yet timeless designs in all popular shapes and base fittings. Typically, LED lamp ranges encompasses direct replacements for existing incandescent and halogen lamps. There are Class A lamps, Class B candlelight’s and spotlights for both MR16 GU5.3 and PAR 16 GU10 fittings. Most lamps from reputable manufacturers are available with either E27 (screw type) or B22 (bayonet) bases.

Lighting the heart of the home can be a costly business. Usually over 5 per cent of your home’s total energy bill is spent on kitchen lighting alone so this is a good place to begin any money-saving LED upgrade. In the kitchen, it comes as little surprise to see multiple spotlights used for task lighting. Downlights cast directional light over worktop surfaces as well as cooking areas and appliances like the cooker, fridge and dishwasher. Recessed fixtures are less likely to collect grime than exposed ones.

Less is more when it comes to using light in the bedroom. Besides any general lighting needed in the room, a bedside cabinet may provide task lighting to avoid eye strain, spotlights in wardrobes can help you choose your clothing and a wall fixture could showcase a favourite artwork or photograph. As LED lamps do not emit UV light or project heat towards the area being lit, artifacts are protected from heat damage, bed linen should stay fresh longer and furnishings are better protected from discolouring. Consider using a backlighting fixture to deliver glamour without glare.

The bathroom is a place to relax, so dimming controls can add comfort. All the leading LED brands produce dimmable lamps. The area around the mirror is key so opt for vertical fixtures on either side to cast an even light across your face. Recessed fixtures overhead can cast shadows while vanity sidelights may produce glare or be impractical to install. If you have a free-standing tub, fit LED uplights around its edge or recessed fixtures on the wall beside it.

Soft lighting creates a relaxed and warm atmosphere in a living room. While attractive ornamental fixtures can deliver much of the light you will need in this room, accent lighting in alcoves or bookshelves can add sparkle. You can use uplighting to help return the focus of attention towards any central features such as a fireplace.  

Getting the lighting right for your home office will improve productivity. Beyond any general lighting, think about ways to control the intensity of light around your desk. Your computer screen should be bright but other light sources are also needed nearby. Choose controlled uplighting to wash the wall behind your screen and use a mounted light close to your monitor or lamp on your desk to further prevent glare and shadows. After all, the contrast between a bright screen and dark surroundings could create eye strain. 

In a hallway, position lighting for drama rather than symmetry. In larger halls, add accent lighting to highlight pictures on the wall and any other décor. Consider placing flowers or an ornament on a central table to bring a natural focus to proceedings. For a long narrow space, add visual interest at different intervals. For example, light halfway down a staircase or over an object at the furthest end of your hall.

Verbatim has been strengthening its product portfolio to meet the rising demand for trustworthy, high performance LED lighting. LED technology is the best energy saving alternative available to replace conventional bulbs. Unlike compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, LED lamps typically deliver twice the operating life, turn on instantly and do not contain hazardous materials such as mercury.


Verbatim doubles consumer LED lighting product range to meet growing demand

In autumn 2013, Verbatim announced it had doubled the range and increased the availability of its high-performance LED lamps for consumers in Europe. Product choice has been extended to 33 LED lamps with the addition of eight Classic A lamps, three PAR 16 spotlights, three MR16 spotlights and three smaller bi-pin lamps.

Verbatim’s top-of–the-range 12W Classic A LED has a brightness of 1,100 lumens (equivalent to a 77W incandescent lamp) and is available in B22 and E27 models. With a warm-white colour temperature of 3,000K, luminous efficiency of 91.7 lm/W and a lifetime of 30,000 hours (around 30 years if used for two hours per day), these non-dimmable lamps serve general lighting needs in the home. Consumers can choose from an additional six dimmable Classic A lamps in 4W, 6W, 8W and 10W outputs with either B22 or E27 fittings and a colour temperature of 2,700K and 3000K. A dimmable 14W E27 Classic A lamp capable of producing 1,100lm has also been added for those who require high brightness and flexible dimming control. The design of the near omni-directional Classic A gives out a high light radiation angle of 270°.

Six new spotlights have been introduced. These feature a lifetime of over 35,000 hours and up to 85 per cent energy saving. Most have beam angles of 35 or 36 degrees. There are three dimmable PAR 16 GU10 LED lamps with power ratings of 5W, 6.5W and 7W. Within a 90-degree cone, the lamps deliver 230lm, 270lm and 350lm respectively. Two 6.5W MR16 GU5.3 lamps provide 350lm and 370lm of brightness within a 90-degree cone. A 6.5W MR16 with GU10 fitting offers 400lm to complete the new spotlight range.

Used mainly in small fixtures such as cabinets, vanity mirrors and display furniture, three extra bi-pin lamps have been introduced to provide high illumination at very low power. Verbatim’s 1W bi-pin with G4 Capsule fitting produces 80lm brightness (equivalent to 10W) and has an outstanding energy efficiency of A++, offering 90 per cent energy saving. This is complemented by a 1.5W bi-pin with G4 Round fitting that delivers 85lm brightness and a lifetime of 40,000 hours. An MR11 LED with GU4 fitting is brighter at 90lm and offers a luminous intensity of 200cd.

Verbatim plans to announce further expansion of its professional LED range in the coming months.


• Jeanine Chrobak is business development manager, LED EUMEA, Verbatim

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