Contemporary LED lighting – economical, environmentally friendly and convenient, too

What should I pay attention to when choosing a LED light bulb? Can I use LED lights in my garden? Which unique design and style options do LED options offer for my living space? Our newest Featured Selection is an answer to these any many other questions regarding LEDs and their uses. Discover some interesting new facts and let yourself be inspired by the most practical and stylish application possibilities of modern LED technology. Let our Featured Selection guide you in making your own four walls that much more of a comfortable, individualised wellness oasis while at the same time caring for both the environment and your wallet.

LED lighting

Modern LED technology brings with it an array of possible applications and quite a range of advantages – from protecting the environment to the potential for financial savings; when compared with a standard light bulb, LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy and therefore allow you to save on electricity costs. This is especially evident when they are used in lights that are switched of every day for a longer portion of the day. With a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours of use, LED lights and bulbs function nearly maintenance-free. In addition, in comparison to standard energy-saving bulbs, LEDs do not contain quicksilver.

Another advantage that you’ll notice when making the switch to LED lights is the fact that LEDs give an immediate, non-flickering light at full brightness. They have no warm-up time, as opposed to many energy-saving bulbs, and this point is especially useful when you install LEDs in motion sensor controlled lights. LEDs are also conveniently available in all luminous colours – from warm white for interior living spaces (up to 3,000 Kelvin) through universal white for office or work rooms (3,300 – 5,300 Kelvin) up to daylight for basement or laundry rooms (from 5,300 Kelvin and up).

Easy to imagine and uncomplicated to do: transitioning to LED bulb use

Making the switch to using LED light bulbs is simple to imagine and even easier to carry out. There is no need to say goodbye to your favourite lights, as the base type of the standard bulbs used in your favourite table lamp are also available in LED versions. These are termed Retrofits and can be found nearly everywhere. Most standard halogen lights have an E27 or E14 screw-type base, which is simple to find in LED form, as well as G9 and GU10 base types.

In order to retain the brightness you are used to, please keep an eye on the luminous flux or light output in lumens of your light bulbs. Divide this by 10 and you get the approximate brightness in watts of traditional bulbs. This information can also be found on our website in the product details of each light. In this way, you’ll be able to keep your living room as bright as it was, without spending nearly as much on energy costs.

Various new lighting designs, thanks to modern LED technology

Lights with LED technology are available in 2 versions: with replaceable LED bulbs, and with integrated, low-maintenance LEDs. If you’re concerned because lights with integrated LEDs will need to be completely replaced once the LEDs reach the end of their lifespan, there’s no need to worry! Most LEDs have a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours of use, which would mean 6 years of continuous light if you left your light switched on non-stop. In the future the desire for new trends and lighting designs will drive the popularity of lights with integrated LED forward, as the design possibilities with these lights are nearly endless!

LED lighting is practical for both living spaces indoors as well as outdoor use, allowing you to confidently install LEDs in all areas of your home as part of any future lighting concepts.

The types of interior LED lighting

Indoor lighting is divided into 3 different levels: general illumination, which lights the room on a basic level; area specific illumination, which is used during activities that require additional light, such as cooking, reading, or working at a desk; and ambient lighting, which is used to create effects in a room and enhance it, such as using a salt stone light or LED strips to accent a shelf or flat screen.

Light as unique as you

Intelligent lighting systems controlled via a smartphone app, such as Philips Hue are comfortable and convenient ways to individualise your lighting concept. In addition, the use of intelligent lighting can be used to increase the security of your home, due to the fact that you are able to control the lights from anywhere in the world. You can also create your own individual lighting scenes in up to 16 million different luminous colours, often at the touch of a screen or controlled through an interactive photo snapped on your smartphone. Just imagine: a gentle sunrise simulated by your bedside lamp, and the shrill alarm clock is a thing of the past. And the best part – intelligent lighting can be installed in nearly all standard lights, allowing you to keep your favourite lights and lamps.

If you would like to use an intelligent lighting concept, but aren’t interested in the additional router and smartphone apps, products like iDual allow convenient lighting control via a remote control at home.

Philips Hue

LED lighting for outdoors

LED lighting is also great for use outdoors on the terrace, in the garden or along the drive – from path and bollard lighting to spots and recessed floor lights. They don’t only increase the safety and ease of orientation of your property, but set a stylish accent here and there as well. LEDs can also be installed to bring attention to certain areas of your home that you would like to highlight – both on summer evenings and winter afternoons.

Solar lights with LEDs – stylish and efficient

Solar lighting is nearly always equipped with long-life, environmentally friendly and compact LED bulbs. Due to their very low energy use solar lights have a longer lifetime, as the batteries are not put under as much stress. Built-in dusk sensors make sure as well, that the valuable energy gathered from the sun during the day will not be wasted while it’s still light out.

Solar lights are very well suited as stylish decorations for your garden – in the form of orbs, lampions, light stakes, or fairy lights. The greatest advantage of solar lights is that they don’t need to be connected to a power source, so when they are fully charged by the sun you can use them basically anywhere in your garden, regardless of the distance from your house.

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