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The LED Advantage

The latest energy-saving lighting in the form of LEDs is coming of age, and will soon offer even greater savings and improved indoor lighting options for consumers.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lighting is growing rapidly and already available in a variety of home and industrial products. Development of LED (light-emitting diode) technology is leading to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices.

LED bulbs offer similar light quality to traditional incandescents. In addition, they last two and a half times longer than CFLs and use even less energy. LED bulbs come in a variety of colors; some are dimmable
or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors.

The technology behind LEDs is finding its way into more and more household uses. In addition to standard screw-in bulbs, you'll now find LEDs in desk lamps, kitchen cabinet lighting and even holiday light strings.

Because light-emitting diodes provide such strong directional light, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking or reading recipes. But their color may appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.

For more information, download a comprehensive comparison of incandescents, CFLs and LEDs for under-cabinet