If you thought LED Lighting was something functional and uninspiring, think again. Here are some practical and even a few innovative uses for them.
LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) have now been pretty much accepted as the light of choice for consumers, homeowners and business who are keen to embrace a more environmentally friendly approach to living and working life. And whilst it’s true that fitting LED’s means you’ll have lower maintenance costs, cheaper electricity bills, and, of course, plenty of light, have you considered the varied and interesting ways in which they can be used. LED’s are more diverse you might think and there are plenty of interesting ways you can install them – here are just a few.
For The Home
One of the most obvious and widely-used places for LED’s that have now come to heavily rival incandescent counterparts – and when you think about the sheer scale and scope of their applications, their multitudinous uses are pretty staggering. For example, living room lights, reading lights, outdoor lights and security lights are just a few of the ways in which they can be used to add an extra element of both comfort and safety to your home.
One of the more moody and evocative ways you can use LED’s is through a technique known as accent lighting – placing lights under cabinets or shelves to highlight particular spots or spaces. In this sense, they’re ideal for creating a focal point for a particular area or part of the room – and because they’re low energy and cost-efficient, you can afford several of them rather than simply one expensive light.
Novelties And Toys
Party and festival goers know the importance of having a glow stick to wave amongst the masses at the end of a good gig. Well, now you can have an LED alternative. They’ve also become popular to light up items of jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and are frequently used in novelty and children’s toys such as toy swords and toy guns.
Taking things one step further than the novelty applications of LED lighting mentioned above, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed their own LED virtual sky panels. Designed to replace office ceiling panels, they give workers the sense they’re in an open field. It also improves productivity by up to 15%, and there can’t be many employers who would argue with that.