Now that the holidays are beyond us and the New Year has begun, let’s finish talking about the breezeway lights. We’ve discussed the different temperatures and styles, advantages and disadvantages. Some of our readers would probably dispute the idea that different temperature lights will cast a different color. The picture at the right shows the breezeway lights between different floors. The light in the center is actually a 2700 degree K LED light. This is an ongoing experiment that I will divulge in the next installment so make sure you keep reading.
LED lights are the newest lights available for commercial/residential use. Here are some advantages of LED lighting over incandescent and fluorescent lighting:
- Energy Efficiency-LED bulbs have been shown to be up to 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- Long Life-Some LED lights can lasts as long as 100,000 hours
- Able to withstand temperature extremes-As I write this, it is 3o degrees outside. In seven months it will be 100 degrees. That’s a pretty wide temperature swing.
- Zero UV emissions-why this matters I’m not real sure.
- Design Flexibility-If you have a specific or difficult lighting project, LED lights can be customized for different applications.
- Instant Lighting-No waiting for the fluorescents to warm up enough to cast enough light.
- Low Voltage-Because LED lights can be operated at low voltage, they’re ideal for landscape lighting.
- Environmentally Friendly-You probably didn’t know there were special procedures for the disposal of fluorescent bulbs. Why? Because fluorescent bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury.
The number 9 advantage will be in the next article so make sure you check back. But, if you have been unsatisfied with your lighting and the constant maintenance and replacement that’s been going on for the past years, you might want to start putting pencil to paper and plot out the conversion of your condominiums common area lights. When you see the experiment we’ve been doing, however unscientific it was, you’ll want to start moving forward.