The right kind of Residential Lighting provides comfort, enhances security and highlights the best features of a home. It ensures residents and property managers have lighting which is functional, attractive and energy-efficient. There are a lot of benefits that come with effective residential lighting design. Apart from using quality building materials, energy-efficient appliances and lighting can save property owners and tenants significant sums of money on energy bills

4 Major reasons to shift to LED lighting

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The majority of renters in the US live in multi-family housing. Most tenants cite good lighting as a primary indicator of the apartment's quality
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Certain areas like hallways, lobbies and laundry areas require lights almost 24X7. Maintaining a lamp with LEDs is much convenient in comparison to incandescent or fluorescents as it doesn't require several replacements and trips to the hardware store.

1. Savings

The majority of renters in the US live in multi-family housing. The most common lighting technologies used in these buildings are fluorescents and incandescents in the indoors, and high-pressure sodium or metal halides in the outdoors. LED lighting allows for enormous savings in energy bills and associated costs.

2. Greater Light Controls

Given the potential benefits of LED Lighting, it is becoming the light source of choice for many indoor and outdoor applications in Multifamily residences. This has been further aided by the strides made in LED lighting technology. LED lights can be dimmed or switched on and off frequently without impacting its lifespan. Additionally, there are LED lights in the market which allow you to control color temperature and switch on/off using Bluetooth.

3. Light Quality

Most tenants cite good lighting as a primary indicator of the apartment's quality. And that can't be truer given light's impact on our brain's ability to receive sensory information from our eyes. In short, nobody wishes to call a badly lit apartment, their home. LED residential lighting fixtures even give a run for light quality when pitted against linear fluorescent lamps. This is casting new light on how multifamily property managers can leverage the benefits of LEDs and its lastest designs to spruce up rental properties and meet the changing tastes of tenants.

4. Low-maintenance

Besides environmental and conservation incentives, it might at times seem that there are no practical benefits to switch from the traditional light sources to LEDs. But, that is not the case. Landlords are still responsible for lighting certain areas like hallways, lobbies and laundry areas which require lights almost 24X7. Maintaining a lamp with LEDs is much convenient in comparison to incandescent or fluorescents as it doesn't require several replacements and trips to the hardware store.

Another area where LED lights beat the traditional lights are outdoor areas. With their huge energy-savings, long life-span and greater light controls, LEDs have become the preferred solution for residential outdoor lighting.

Parameters to look out for

Lumens

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Lumens or Luminous Flux refers to the amount of light emitted by a light source. Generally, when retrofitting with LED lights, matching the lumens of the existing lamp is a good start. There's no standard answer to how many lumens us required in a space as different people have different sensitivity and adaptability for light and it also depends on the position of the light source and decor of the room.

Efficacy

Efficacy is an indicator of how efficiently a lamp/light fixture converts electricity into light. Its unit is lumens/watt (lm/W). An LED light/lamp of 50 lm/W or above is ideal for greater energy savings.

CCT

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CCT or Correlated Color Temperature is the color appearance of the light emitted by a lamp and is measured in Kelvin (K). Lights with 2700 K - 3500 K CCTs are considered to be warm white and 3500 K - 4100 K as neutral white. CCTs higher than 4100 K is cool white. Usually, maintaining symmetry in light CCTs in a room is ideal for the sake of aesthetics.

CRI

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Choosing lamps with a high CRI is quite essential for areas where color plays an essential role, like kitchens, where food is prepared. Lamps with CRI levels above 80 help differentiate between colors in food and labels. A CRI value of 80+ will effectively portray colors and finishes. When the most accurate color rendering is essential, 90+ CRI values are recommended. With a high CRI lighting, colors pop and textures stand out.

Lifetime

An LED light/lamp typically comes to the end of its useful life at a stage when its output becomes 70% of its useful output, known as L70. one must ideally choose LED lights or lamps with an L70 value of 25,000- 50,000 hours.