Upgrading Recessed Replacement Bulbs
Many people have 5 inch or 6 inch incandescent recessed lighting installed in their homes. These units are very expensive to operate, are very hot, and the bulbs need to be changed often.
With today's emphasis on going green, Illuminations can help you to save lots of green in your wallet while also helping to save the environment. There are excellent alternatives to save you energy, and lower your household costs.
The newest and most efficient lighting for the home is LED lighting. At Illuminations, we have an LED retrofit unit that simply screws into your existing recessed light, replacing the incandescent bulb, and has a decorative trim. These bulbs give off a very pleasant warm light, save over 90% on energy costs, and are rated to last over 50,000 hours. A 12-watt LED bulb gives off the same amount of light as a 120-watt incandescent bulb. Over the life of one bulb, a homeowner can save over $10,500 in energy costs and over $200 in bulb costs. If you used these lights in your kitchen for four hours a day, they are rated to last up to 40 years. The units can also save on heating costs, as they are airtight and prevent heat from rising up though them up to the attic, as most other units do. LED lights can be dimmed up to 50% of their full brightness. This makes this a great choice for newer homeowners with existing 4" or 6" recessed cans already installed.
90-Watt, 120-Volt Halogen Bulbs
Halogen bulbs are an excellent choice when you want to save on energy costs with a minimal initial expense.
Some homeowners have tried 120-volt halogen bubs and were not satisfied with them, but that is because they are using lower-quality bulbs from a hardware store or provided by an electrician. At Illuminations, we import our 6" halogen bulbs from Europe. These bulbs give off less heat, have a wide beam spread, and last much longer than incandescent bulbs. They provide high-quality light, can be dimmed, and save over 40% on energy costs. These bulbs improve the look of the spaces they light, and are a good choice where lighting is important. The average homeowner will save over $140 over the life of each bulb, and get much better quality light than they had before.
12-Volt Low-Voltage Bulbs
Adding new low voltage lighting to your existing recessed furniture is easy. At Illuminations, we carry a large selection of low voltage (12-volt) retrofit units that screw into most existing 5" or 6" cans. Each kit has a separate transformer that screw into the existing socket and a trim ring to complete the look. Low voltage lighting gives off virtually no heat, saves 70% on energy costs, and bulbs can last up to 14,000 hours. In addition, low voltage lights provide the best light quality and can be adjusted with dimmers. Low voltage units can save you over $600 over the life of each bulb.
Many homeowners have tried fluorescent bulbs in their recessed lighting and were not satisfied with the results. Although they're inexpensive to run, they do not provide high-quality light and most fluorescents are not dimmable. While fluorescents may save you over 80% on energy costs, they are not the best choice for areas where the quality of light is important, like kitchens and other work areas. Fluorescent lighting may be a good choice for areas requiring light for long periods of time.