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Switching to LED Christmas Lights- 4 Tips to Know

LED Christmas LightsI think we all know there are many benefits to switching to LED lights and we’ll touch on these briefly. But while LED lights are the latest and the greatest, there are a few things you might not know that would be good information to have before you purchase them. The team at Jeremy Electrical put together these lesser known LED lighting tips to help you make a smart purchase when it comes to Christmas lights.

Benefits of LED Lights

LED lights are now available in lots of shapes and sizes and happily, the price has come down from when they were first introduced. The price, on average, for LED Christmas lights is a little more than double that of incandescent lights. Although this may seem steep, LED energy savings can equal their cost over the course of just four seasons, or a full-year of continuous use. LED bulbs offer many benefits and we’ll cover them quickly:

Energy savings – Incandescent bulbs waste a full 90 percent of their energy because it is released as heat. That’s why they get hot to the touch. According to U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy, and last 25 times as long. Since Christmas lights are on for hours at a time, switching to LEDs will lower your typical electric bill over the holidays.

Safety – Because they don’t get hot to the touch, LED bulbs are a much lower fire hazard.

Cost Efficient – Because Christmas lights are long-lasting items you can bring out year after year, they will undoubtedly pay for themselves over time through energy savings.

Duration – When it comes to Christmas lights, LEDs burn for about 4,000 hours, while incandescent bulbs lose one or two bulbs per strand before half that time is up. A main reason LEDs are so long lasting is because, unlike incandescents, they don’t have filaments which can heat up and burn out.

4 Tips to Know When Shopping

Pay Attention to the Colors

When LED Christmas lights were first created, the colors looked different from traditional lights. First generation LED Christmas lights weren’t able to match the pure white light of incandescent Christmas lights. They looked much bluer, and many thought they looked colder. Understandably, that was a big turn off for a lot of homeowners. Today’s LED Christmas lights are available in both cool white, if you prefer the blue tone, or warm white, if you prefer more of a golden traditional tone.

You Can’t Mix Bulb Types

Many homeowners want to know if they can replace burned out bulbs in their traditional incandescent light strands with new LED bulbs. The answer is no. First of all,  it’s hard to even find replacement LED bulbs. But if you were able to find them, the wiring for your traditional lights is different and not designed to handle LEDs. LED light strings have extremely low wattages and require far less power than the standard incandescent light string. In fact, LED light strings have resistors built into the wiring to reduce and control the amount of current flowing to the bulbs. These resistors keep the power from overloading and frying the LEDs. (The bigger LED bulbs, including C7 and C9 replacement bulbs are self-ballasted, removing the need for a resistor.)

Be Careful of Color Matching

Not every LED diode (the light-emitting chip inside an LED bulb) is the same color or hue. Because LED diodes are produced in large batches or “bins” it becomes necessary to separate them by color. “Binning” is the industry term for the separation of LED diodes by color. Each production bin maintains a slight variation in hue. So if you want your colors to match perfectly, you should purchase several LED light strings at the same time for color consistency.

Look for Interesting Options

LED Christmas lights come in the same shapes and sizes as traditional lights, from C7 and C9 bulbs to mini light strings. They also come in other interesting options including omnidirectional lights that emit shimmering all-around light with a magnified spotlight at the tip that will make your light array sparkle and shine. They also come in wide angle lights that allow for brighter and wider light coverage than traditional lights. You’ll even find LED lights in novelty lighting like holiday candles, lanterns, snowfall lights, ropes, ribbons and more.

If you’re buying new Christmas lights this holiday season, choose LED Christmas lights. They will last for up to 20 years, only use a third of the energy of incandescent mini-lights and 1/100 of traditional C7 or C9 lights, and they’re safer because they don’t get hot. Buy them this year and don’t worry about replacing for at least the next decade or two!

If you have any electrical questions this holiday season, give the Kansas City electricians at Jeremy Electric a call at (913) 375-0070 a call or you can also contact us online.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas to Whet Your Appetite for Design

When you are watching HGTV, do you find yourself drooling over the beautiful kitchens the homeowners have? Sometimes these stunning kitchens can seem too good to be true…but they aren’t! By upgrading your kitchen lighting, you can have the space of your dreams. The team at Jeremy Electrical can help you turn your “traditional” and boring space into the envy of all your friends and family with these kitchen lighting ideas and trends that will surely whet your appetite for design.

Highlight Your Kitchen’s Features with Showcase Lighting

Kitchen Showcase Lighting

Kitchen lighting is not only becoming more beautiful and elegant, but also more functional. Showcase lighting focuses on highlighting interesting and unique design pieces in your home. A popular showcase lighting trend is light fixtures installed inside glass-front cabinets to display unique items. Other ideas include above-cabinet lighting to highlight clean lines and open layout, and below cabinet lighting to showcase exquisite countertops.

 

 

Dress to Impress with Statement Lighting Pieces

Showcase Lighting Kitchen Pieces

Chandeliers have been making statements in kitchens for decades. While they are still known to add elegance to a room, they are no longer the only way to add character to your kitchen. Oversized fixtures make for great conversation pieces, and natural accents combined with sophisticated materials add a touch of rustic chic to a home.

 

 

Add Character to Your Kitchen with Interesting ShapesUnique Kitchen Decor

Uniquely shaped light fixtures add style to any space. Drum pendants can be used in both traditional and modern settings and wall sconces enhance the elegance in antique designs. Circular shapes are also becoming more popular with orbs being used for both pendants and chandeliers.

 

 

Get a Distinctive Vibe with Zone Lighting

Kitchen Zone Lighting

Using a variety of lighting fixtures to differentiate your space is an easy way to add a designer touch to your home. Recessed lighting can give ambient light throughout the room, while pendants over the island create a stylish workspace. A chandelier over the table makes dinner guests feel welcome and appreciated.

 

 

 

Save Energy and Find Style with LED TechnologyLED Kitchen Lighting

LED Technology is a newer trend that provides many options for style and design. Not only do these lights use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but they enable designers to imagine fixtures that were previously inconceivable such as ultrathin chandeliers and flush-mount sconces.

 

 

Whether you are looking to update your kitchen lights for style, functionality, or both; we can help. Give the professionals at Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

How to Shop for LED Light Bulbs

shopping for LED light bulbsThere’s no arguing that LED light bulbs are the way of the future. Incandescent bulbs are fast going the way of VHS tapes and Atari consoles. So if you haven’t already, you will soon find yourself shopping for LED bulbs to fill the fixtures in your home. There are some handy things you’ll need to know when shopping for LED bulbs, so the team at Jeremy Electrical put together this little tutorial.

Don’t Be Frightened by the Price

One thing you’ll notice is that LED light bulbs cost more than either incandescent or CFLs (compact fluorescent lighting). Don’t let this discourage you as LEDs last for years. In fact, a quality LED bulb can last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours,  which means that if you use it for 6 hours a day, 365 days a year, your LED bulb could last 20 years! Think of how many incandescent lights you’d have burned through in that time. Plus, they use only about 20 percent as much electricity so you’ll make back the initial cost in a couple of years. because of LEDs’ energy efficiency and long life. Good news too – with advances in technology and growing popularity, the prices are expected to continue to drop.

WATTS Up with LEDs?

Because we are used to shopping for brightness based on watts, it may be a little confusing at first because LED brightness is rated by lumens. Have no fear! Here is a handy chart that will help you know what to look for based on the incandescent wattage you are familiar with.

  • 100 watt = 1600 lumen
  • 75 watt = 1100 lumen
  • 60 watt = 800 lumen
  • 40 watt = 450 lumen

But I Heard LEDs Give Off a Harsh Light

Incandescent bulbs produce war light and we all got used to that. When LEDs first came out, they produces a blue/green color that seemed cold and harsh. But don’t worry, today’s LEDs are available in warmer temperatures. Color is measured as temperature on the Kelvin scale. The higher the degrees Kelvin, the whiter the color temperature. If you want a warmer light, look for LEDs with around 2700K – 3000K. To give you a little bit better idea of the Kelvin scale, there are three primary types of color temperature for light bulbs. They are:

  • Soft White (2700K –3000K)
  • Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K)
  • Daylight (5000K – 6500K).

We hope this guide helps you choose the perfect LED lighting for your home. If you need any help with anything electrical, give the professional electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070.

7 Trends in Lighting to Try in 2015

At Jeremy Electrical, we like to stay on top of new trends in lighting. Lighting is a big part of the services we provide for our customers and whether it’s residential or commercial lighting, we like to know what’s new and what’s changing so we can keep our projects up to date and make our customers happy with our services. We thought we’d take a quick moment to share some of the latest trends in lighting for the year ahead just to keep you up to date too. We hope this post inspires you to update or upgrade your Kansas City home or business and if you need help installing anything electrical, including lights, give Jeremy Electrical a call.

LED Lighting

LED lighting has many advantages over traditional incandescent lights and it’s starting to show in its growing popularity. Probably the biggest advantage is how long LED bulbs last. LED bulbs have an operational life expectancy of 100,000 hours. Imagine if you used your light for eight hours a day. That bulb will last for about 20 years! Now let’s talk energy efficiency. LED bulbs are 80% – 90% efficient. Incandescent bulbs are only about 20% efficient with most of their energy lost as heat instead of light. Throw on the fact that LED lights light instantly (no annoying delay or warm-up period) and they are durable which makes them perfect for outdoor lighting, it’s no wonder they are becoming the number one choice of consumers. From kitchens and baths to outdoor to strip lighting, LED is it!

Related Read: Everything KC Homeowners Need to Know About LED Lighting

Pendant Lighting

Pendant Lights Photo
These hot pink pendant lights add a pop of color to this kitchen.

Pendant lighting, whether in contemporary or throwback styles, is popular in kitchens right now. Pendant lights are available in so many styles, materials and colors that they can add to the ambiance of a room with little effort. Multi-light or clustered pendants are a go-to look as well. Pendant lights can also serve as an alternative to floor lamps with the added benefit of taking up no floor space.

Chandeliers

Once considered only for elegant or opulent settings, chandeliers are making a comeback as well. And they’re turning up in the most charming spaces including bathrooms, kids rooms and even laundry rooms. Mini chandeliers add a bit of whimsy to any size space yet dramatic larger chandeliers are also finding a home in upscale environments. Look for traditional crystal chandeliers with modern twists to pop up in both residential and commercial spaces.

Let There Be Light inside Drawers & Cabinets

Interior Cabinet Lighting Photo
Lighting inside these cabinets draws the eye and infuses energy into the room.

Besides being practical, lighting your drawers and cabinets just looks cool. Added to a glass-front cabinet, curio or china cabinet, it serves as an elegant way to display your dishes and stemware. Many of these designs are wired to turn on instantly when the door or drawer is opened creating a bit of an unexpected reaction for unsuspecting visitors with this element of surprise. We think it’s absolutely brilliant.

Lighting in the Shower

Why limit creative lighting to typical areas? Homeowners have discovered that shower lights add a certain ambiance and mood enhancement to the typical boring shower enclosure. With the spa experience becoming more and more desired in bathroom remodels, shower lights are becoming more popular as well. Expect to see more creative lighting in the bathroom overall.

Wireless and Remote Control Lighting

With today’s advanced technology, many homeowners are enjoying the convenience of lights (and other electrical items) that they can control remotely through their smart phones. This includes security lights outdoor as well as indoor lamps.

Copper, Eco-Friendly, and Natural Are All in Style

Copper Lights Photo
These hanging copper lights are equally at home in rustic or elegant settings.

Warm metals, especially copper, are hot, hot, hot for 2015. From pendants to lamps to wall sconces you’ll see this touch of class popping up everywhere. But don’t forget natural materials like stone, metal, bamboo, and fabric. These back-to-nature elements will definitely be incorporated by designers this year in every room. Look for them in lighting, furniture, accessories and more.

 

 

No matter what kind of lighting you want in your home, whether you’re updating or completely remodeling, call the lighting professionals at Jeremy Electrical at 913-375-0070 to make sure your lighting is installed professionally and safely. And don’t be surprised if one of our electricians comes up with a bright idea you’ll love!