We’re all aware of the effect that global warming has had on the environment, with gradually rising temperatures more apparent than ever before. However, while many people know that they can contribute to a greener earth by recycling and choosing bicycles over cars, many have no idea that there’s a new kid on the block, LED Lighting, that is reducing carbon emissions.
For starters, LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional applications like fluorescent and incandescent lighting. This is because 95% of the energy used to power LEDs is converted into light, with only 5% being wasted in the form of heat. This beats fluorescent light by a large percentage, with 95% heat conversion and only 5% shedding real light.
LED lights also extract a lot less energy than existing infrastructure. An 84-watt fluorescent bulb can be replaced by a 36-watt LED and still give the same amount of light. When applied on a mass scale, one can imagine the results, with less energy use potentially reducing the demand for power plants entirely.
LED Light Strips for Homes
With application capabilities both inside and outside your home, LED lighting can be used in a variety of ways. From outdoor landscaping to indoor accent, and task lighting to cabinet lighting, LEDs can transform your property with a low-voltage power transformer.
Other than offering a cleaner, crisper light, LED strips are super flexible, filling places that traditional applications just cannot. This contributes to LED Lights being more functional and sparks a homeowner’s design creativity.
How to Use LED Light Strips for Homes
Once you’ve bought the LED strips that best suit your taste, you’ll need to have them installed. If you’d prefer doing it yourself, there are a few simple steps that you need to follow.
We’ll be using a strip of lights under a cabinet as an example – You can use this technique for a variety of other applications:
1. Hang your LED strips under the cabinet by securing it with tape. This will show you what the area will look like once the strips are fixed. It’s a good idea to experiment with more than one option before deciding on a final position.
2. Cut the LED strips along the black lines that are marked with the scissor icon. You will see that the strips come in a variety of cutting lengths, often between 2 and 6 inches.
3. Now make use of the connector pieces to keep the corners flush. A sharp knife is the perfect tool for creating a slit along the black lines that appear between the light and the end of the strip.
4. Peel off the top layer so that you can see the ends and slide one end of a connector clip before snapping it shut.
5. Clean the bottom of the cabinet with a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% warm water. Make sure to dry the area soon after having wiped it clean.
6. Peel the LED strips off from the adhesive backing and stick them onto your cabinet at the chosen area. Do this slowly and with focus, pushing firmly to generate stick.
7. Finally, use some tape or adhesive strips to place the power source under the cabinet and out of sight.
LED There Be Light
With a goal of turning Perth from the City of Light into the City of LED Light, AEP is ahead of the curve. In any way we can, we promise to contribute to a greener world, with a vision of one day relying solely on clean energy. Get in touch with us today to find out more about LED light strips for homes in Western Australia.