When performing an Kelowna electrical renovating or building it is important to know how much light will be required to properly light the room and where more light is required. Learning the basics of lighting can be confusing or intimidating but is very rewarding to the renovation or build. Licensed electricians and Kelowna electrical contractors know the output requirements to properly light the rooms. It may be best to consult with the electrical contractor when designing the renovation or build. If you try to cut lights out of the renovation or electrical budget could be costly to the resale value. If the room appears dark and dingy it could turn off potential buyers.
The cost of LED’s used to be outrageous but recently the prices have come down and now efficiency out weighs initial cost. Old incandescent light bulbs may be a lot cheaper but they operate hotter and wont last as long as LED. If you already have old pot lights or lights installed in the house it is easy for a certified electrician to retrofit them with LED’s. LED lighting runs cooler, lasts longer, operates more efficiently and are controlled easier. Dimmers and lighting control for LED’s are cheaper than trying to control fluorescence. Lighting switch controllers for LEDs can operate 3x the amount of lights than incandescent and fluorescence fixtures.
The latest innovations in LED lighting styles can be retrofit by a licensed electrician or an electrical contractor. The renovation or building will likely cost a lot of money so its important that the lighting is sufficient for the space. It is important to choose the most efficient lights regardless of cost. A cheap lightbulb could cost you more to replace it constantly. The initial cost will pay for itself in the long run from operation costs and the replacement costs. Incandescent lights operate at a very high temperature and can heat up rooms like kitchens where the temperature is already high. This could cost more in electricity if the air conditioning is operating. Lighting is one area of the renovation that requires a little more in depth research to make sure you get your money out of the renovation.
Spacing the lights evenly and uniformly can also affect the overall appearance of the build or renovation. Make sure a plan is in place before purchasing the lights so there are no dark areas in the room.
What’s on the LED Lighting Facts label?
The LED Lighting Facts label allows retailers and utilities to compare products to manufacturer claims and to similar products. The label provides a quick summary of product performance in five areas:
Lumens measure light output. The higher the number, the more light is emitted.
Lumens per watt (lm/W) measures efficiency. The higher the number, the more efficient the product.
Watts measure the energy required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy is used.
Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) measures light color. “Cool” colors have higher Kelvin temperatures (3600–5500 K); “warm” colors have lower color temperatures (2700–3000 K). Cool white light is usually better for visual tasks. Warm white light is usually better for living spaces because it casts a warmer light on skin and clothing. Color temperatures of 2700 to 3600 K are recommended for most general indoor and task lighting.
Color Rendering Index (CRI) measures the effect of the lamp's light spectrum on the color appearance of objects. The higher the number, the truer the appearance of the light on objects. Incandescent lighting is 100 on the CRI.
LED and Lighting Control
Imagine you could cut your electricity bill by 60-70%. This doesn’t necessarily mean replacing every light and appliance in the house. Strategically choosing which lights are used the most in the home or building you can cut power costs dramatically. Since LEDs are still pretty expensive you will want to choose the lights in your home or building that will pay themselves off faster. Licensed electrical contractors are familiar with the latest lighting and control technologies that can improve your buildings efficiency.
Light brightness is measured in lumens, so if an incandescent or halogen puts out 1000 lumens at 100watts then an LED with the same lumens would only produce 25watts.
If one incandescent or halogen light bulb costs 10$ a year. Exchanging it with an LED could save you $7.50 a year for every light. It would pay its self off in 2-3 years.
LED bulbs also last 15-25x longer than regular incandescent lighting.
LED light bulbs also come in a wide variety of light spectrum colour.
Installing motion detecting switches, timers and dimmers can control the amount of wasted energy. How many times has a light been left on all night because someone forgot to turn it off.? There are many great motion detectors, timers and controllers on the market that can turn off at different intervals between 1min- 60min. The detectors will also detect sound and light if they are programmed to do so.
Lighting systems can control 1 lighting circuit or up to an entire building of lighting circuits. If you are building or retrofitting, a building lighting system may be something to think about. A building lighting system can be controlled from a central location or anywhere in the world through the power of the internet.
In commercial or industrial lighting applications with many lights required, LEDs are the perfect solution to cut down on switching locations. All lights in a commercial building can be operated from a single switch or 3-way switches. This can cut down on confusion in the office. Commercial and industrial lighting is usually controlled by a timer or master switch which will save on energy costs
Hiring a Licensed electrical contractor familiar with programing can help you with the design and installation. Whether your trying to save energy for the environment or trying to cut down on monthly electricity bills there are great options out there. If you find its overwhelming or don’t have time tackle it call Pfitztech, Kelowna electrical contractor 250-575-5721