First kitchens, then bathrooms, then floor coverings, and finally lighting; that’s where we have been for several days. All these things transform your home into the palace where you live as compared to the hovel across the street.
When it comes to lighting in your palace there are so many options available.
Historically all of us are familiar with incandescent light bulbs; they have been around since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. The light from an Incandescent bulb is the byproduct of heat where coils inside the bulb are super-hot and emit light. As much as 90% of the energy used creates the heat and only 10% creates light. Not too efficient!
Several years ago Compact Fluorescent Bulbs burst on the market, these bulbs have become so common that they are almost always called, “CFL’s” which is a testament to how popular they have become. And, all of us have seen their price plummet. The CFL is a great saver of electricity but like everything they have limitations. CFL’s have a momentary lag when first turned on, during the winter in severe cold that lag can be very noticeable. Recently CFL’s have been criticized for using mercury in the bulb; however their popularity continues. A wide variety of light tones can be achieved with a CFL and they are relatively cheap.
The new “guy on the block” is the Light Emitting Diode, or LED which uses so much less energy than an incandescent bulb and far less that good CFL’s. Today’s modern LED’s generate very little heat, almost all the energy is devoted to creating light. The science behind these bulbs is amazing and the use of LED’s is rapidly growing. The terrific thing about LED’s is that they are Instant On and come in a wide variety of colors, shades and hues of light. As we speak the cost of LED’s is rapidly dropping so that one lingering disadvantage is rapidly disappearing.
There is a common fault of both CFL and LED bulbs; it seems as though we all understand the brightness of the Incandescent bulbs but the same measure doesn’t apply to the two new ones. An incandescent bulb runs from 15 watts to 100 watts. We all know what that will be like in our palace. But, when you look at the LED package it tells you about Lumens. Of course it does…., but what the heck is a lumen? Try this on for knowledge……, “…a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source. Luminous flux differs from power (radiant flux) in that radiant flux includes all electromagnetic waves emitted, while luminous flux is weighted according to a model of the human eye's sensitivity…” We would like to hear from anyone who understands that because it means nothing to me. Wikipedia is to blame for that one.
See how important lighting is to your palace!