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LED Lighting Buying Guide

The future of lighting has arrived: LED, or light-emitting diodes. LED lighting is amazingly long-lasting and incredibly energy-efficient. With each passing day, more and more budget-friendly LED lighting options become available for more and more home spaces.

Types of LED Lighting

Types of LED Lighting

Traditionally used in limited applications such as remote controls and on/off indicators, LED lighting has greatly expanded in the past few years. Now LED lighting comes in everything from table lamps to larger fixtures. Greater availability of LED lighting has reduced costs of the once prohibitively expensive option. The types of LED lighting currently available to consumers include miniature, high-powered, commercial, and multicolor. Hereís an introduction to each kind.

Miniature

Miniature LED lighting appear everywhere in nearly unnoticeable spots, including remote controls and appliance on/off lights. Miniature LED lights are not widely used for home illumination.

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BADW Group

Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: MAW-4720-LED-MV Lamp: 20 Watt LED Lamp Output: 1,691 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: ...5,000 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Life Span: 50,000 Hours UL Listed For Wet Locations Sturdy Die Cast Aluminum Housing, Dark Bronze Powder Coat Finish, Tempered Glass Warranty: 5 Years read more

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Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: MINILWPP20-120 Lamp: 20 Watt LED Lamp Output: 1,205 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: 5...,000 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Photocell: 120 Volt Photocell Included Life Span: 50,000 Hours... read more

Juno

This mini LED downlight has a white finish and 16 degree beam spread for bright illumination. Brightly illuminate a kitchen, livin...g room, bathroom, or hallway with this mini recessed downlight that includes both the trim and housing. A classic white finish makes this fixture a versatile choice, while the LED design offers energy efficiency. A 16 degree beam spread offers plenty of light. From Juno Lighting. Electronic transformer TL602E or magnetic transformer TL576 is required. read more

Access

This LED mini pendant offers a sleek and classic look for the kitchen. A sleek and streamlined modern look for kitchen spaces and ...more. The LED design saves energy, requires no maintenence, and will last for years. Brushed steel finish with a perforated body. Comes with cuttable ten-foot silicon cord. By Access Lighting. read more

High-Powered

LED lighting is slowly replacing fluorescent and incandescent lighting sources. These high-powered LED versions, also known as solid-state lights, emit very strong light.

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Koncept

Light up your desktop with the sharp looking i-Bar LED desk lamp from Koncept Lighting. Stylish, versatile and energy efficient, t...he full-size i-Bar desk lamp by Koncept Lighting makes the perfect compact task light. When in use, it produces a bright daylight type light with just six high output LEDs using only 9 watts of power. A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control. When not needed, the lamp folds away to an ultra thin profile. read more

Koncept
$179.95 $199.99
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Move your desk lighting into the future with the award winning Z-Bar High Power LED desk lamp, from the Koncept Lighting collectio...n. Stylish and versatile, the Z-Bar High Power desk lamp features next generation LEDs and a stunning profile. Named by Time Magazine as one of "The Best Inventions of the Year," the Z-Bar produces a bright, daylight quality light with just six high output LEDs. A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control over your environment. All this and it uses a mere 9 watts of power, making the lamp design very energy efficient. read more

Koncept
$179.95 $199.99
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This award winning Z-Bar LED desk lamp from Koncept Lighting is finished in white. Stylish and versatile, the Z-Bar High Power des...k lamp features next generation LEDs and a stunning profile. Named by Time Magazine as one of "The Best Inventions of the Year," the Z-Bar produces a warm white light with just six high output LEDs. A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control over your environment. All this and it uses a mere 9 watts of power, making the lamp design very energy efficient. Rated LED lifespan of 40,000 hours at 70-percent brightness. read more

Koncept
$179.95 $199.99
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The award winning Z-Bar LED desk lamp from Koncept Lighting, seen here is a sleek metallic black finish. Stylish and versatile, th...e Z-Bar High Power desk lamp features next generation LEDs and a stunning profile. Named by Time Magazine as one of "The Best Inventions of the Year," the Z-Bar produces a bright, daylight quality light with just six high output LEDs. A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control over your environment. All this and it uses a mere 9 watts of power, making the lamp design very energy efficient. read more

Consumer

LED lighting comes in general lighting fixtures created specifically for LED bulbs. The many mass-market versions include table lamps.

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Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: LMC75NMV000I Lamp: 82 Watt LED Lamp Output: 7,274 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: 5,0...00 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Life Span: 50,000 Hours UL Listed For Wet Locations Sturdy Die... read more

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Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: LSC35NMV000I Lamp: 39 Watt LED Lamp Output: 3,112 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: 5,0...00 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Life Span: 50,000 Hours UL Listed For Wet Locations Sturdy Die... read more

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Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: MINILWPP20-120 Lamp: 20 Watt LED Lamp Output: 1,205 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: 5...,000 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Photocell: 120 Volt Photocell Included Life Span: 50,000 Hours... read more

BADW Group

Manufacturer: Howard Lighting Part Number: MWP-5040-LED-MV Lamp: 40 Watt LED Lamp Output: 2,769 Lumens CRI: 70 Color Temperature: ...5,000 Kelvin Driver: LED Electronic Driver (120 - 277 Volts) Life Span: 50,000 Hours UL Listed For Wet Locations Sturdy... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Although LED lighting offers few general home lighting applications, it still fills certain lighting needs. With each passing year, more and more people find LED lighting choices for a wider variety of places and spaces. Before you make an LED lighting purchase, consider light color, beam size, and use.

Light Color

Before you consider replacing a traditional light source with LED lighting, understand that the color of LED light is typically fairly neutral or cooler than other types of light. Most incandescents offer warmer light, which means itís tricky to replace them with LED lights.

Beam Size

Most LED lighting options are still relatively small and directed sources of light, so LED lights are difficult to use where itís necessary to cast a wide beam of illumination over a large space.

Use

LED lighting works best as specific, directed light for task and accent lighting.

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Possini Euro Design
$199.95 $249.99
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This contemporary bath light fixture from Possini Euro Design, features layered glass disks and a gleaming chrome finish. This con...temporary bath light is ideal for bathroom areas, and comes with four bright LEDs behind layered glass disks. Finished in chrome, the design has a dimensional look that is sure to add a touch of sophisticated depth to your bathroom. From the Zita collection, this slim, low-profile design extends just slightly from the wall, and is ADA compliant. read more

Zita Glass Disk 4-Light 25 1/2" Wide LED Bath Light
Koncept
$199.95 $269.99
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This version of the i-Tower floor lamp comes in a sleek metallic black finish and uses 6 daylight quality LEDs. Using next-generat...ion LEDs, the i-Tower floor lamp offers both form and function in one stylish package. The lamp has an space-saving, ultra thin modern profile, with a lamp head that adjusts to heights of 3 to 5 feet. Six high power, long-lasting LEDs provide daylight quality light for reading or other tasks, and a built-in 4-step dimmer gives you total lighting control. The lamp is very energy efficient, using just 9 watts of power. read more

Gen 2 i-Tower Metallic Black Daylight LED Floor Lamp
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$199.95 $299.99
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Add a little contemporary funk with this LED ceiling light finished in gleaming chrome and silver. Perfect for contemporary inspir...ed decor, this ceiling light gleams in a chrome and silver finish. Six horseshoe-shaped crescents include energy efficient LEDs encased in acrylic diffusers that ensure glare free illumination. Lights are adjustable. Dimmable. From the Vandling Collection. read more

Vandling 19 1/2" Wide Chrome LED Ceiling Light
Possini Euro Design
$129.95 $179.99
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A contemporary style LED wall sconce with a chrome finish backplate and hooks that support two clear light bulb style "shades" wit...h a bubble pattern inside. Beautifully frame any space with this stylish two-light wall sconce. The chrome finish starts at the round backplate and continues to the two hooks that hang two clear light bulb-shaped lights. A bubble pattern inside creates visual interest that complements the overall contemporary look. A stylish addition to dress up any space. From Possini Euro Design. read more

Possini Euro Braden 2-Light Chrome 22" Wide LED Wall Sconce
Koncept
$199.95 $269.99
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From Koncept Lighting, this iTower floor lamp comes in a silver finish with daylight quality LEDs. Using next-generation LEDs, the... i-Tower floor lamp offers both form and function in one stylish package. The lamp has an space-saving, ultra thin modern profile, with a lamp head that adjusts to heights of 3 to 5 feet. Six high power, long-lasting LEDs provide daylight quality light for reading or other tasks, and a built-in 4-step dimmer gives you total lighting control. The lamp is very energy efficient, using just 9 watts of power. read more

Gen 2 i-Tower Silver Finish Daylight LED Floor Lamp
Possini Euro Design
$199.95 $249.99
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This contemporary bath light fixture from Possini Euro Design, features layered glass disks and a gleaming chrome finish. This con...temporary bath light is ideal for bathroom areas, and comes with four bright LEDs behind layered glass disks. Finished in chrome, the design has a dimensional look that is sure to add a touch of sophisticated depth to your bathroom. From the Zita collection, this slim, low-profile design extends just slightly from the wall, and is ADA compliant. read more

Zita Glass Disk 4-Light 25 1/2" Wide LED Bath Light
Possini Euro Design
$199.95 $249.99
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From Possini Euro comes this energy-efficient LED ceiling light with a contemporary 5-arm form. With a dimensional 5-arm design, t...his energy-efficient LED ceiling light boasts a decidedly contemporary style. The design comes in a gleaming chrome finish. Perfect for adding interest and modern appeal to your home decor. From Possini Euro Design. read more

Possini Euro Villafan 22" Wide Chrome LED Ceiling Light
Moonrays
$44.91 $56.99
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The Moonrays 92320 Premium Output LED Flagpole Light is specially designed to automatically illuminate your flag nightly, all whil...e taking advantage of solar energy. Made of black metal and plastic, this light contains a 50-lumen LED light that... read more

Moonrays Premium Output Solar Powered LED Flagpole Light
Moonrays
$8.68 $12.00
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The Moonrays 98008 Solar Powered Butterfly LED Stake Light adds a decorative touch to your pathway, deck or patio, all while takin...g advantage of solar energy. This butterfly stake light has a color-changing LED that automatically illuminates at night.... read more

Moonrays 98008 Solar Powered Color-Changing LED Butterfly Stake Light, Clear Acrylic
Beams
$27.82 $55.48
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The best just got brighter. The Mr. Beams battery powered motion sensing LED outdoor security spotlight is the brightest member of... the Mr. Beams line of intelligent wireless LED lights. These lights are the perfect lighting solution for driveways,... read more

Mr. Beams Mr. Beams MB380 Weatherproof Wireless Battery Powered LED Ultra Bright 300 Lumen Spotlight with Motion Sensor, White, 1-Pack
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