There are a few things that many homeowners are not aware of that make a big difference to the long term enjoyment of your lighting.

Lighting color is one key aspect that should be considered. LEDs come in a wide range of color in warmer and cooler tones. Th e lower the number of lighting kelvins, the warmer the color tone is and the higher the kelvins, the cooler the color. Th e best color for your space will depend on the use of the space itself. Generally, warmer colors such as 3000 kelvins are best for comfort areas like the living and dining room while cooler colors such as 4000 kelvins are better suited to work spaces, bathrooms and other task areas.

Another aspect to consider is the lifetime of the fixture. LED has opened up the doorway to some amazing design possibilities but there are many fixtures coming to the market that have integrated LED modules that cannot be changed. While these will last a very long time, they will eventually die and you will need to replace the entire fixture. This can be costly and inconvenient, not to mention the environmental impact. If the light isn’t integrated LED, all lights can still be LED as there are a variety of LED bulbs that can be used. When selecting a fixture with integrated LED, be sure to ask if the LED module is replaceable! Th ere are some out there but more of this kind need to be available. – Rob Kilgour, www.thelightingshoppe.ca

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