When you choose to invest in upgrading your current lighting arrangement at your home or office, of course you want it done right. Don’t get tangled up in an electrical mess, trust our expert electricians to help bring your vision to reality. We are reliable and we won’t break the bank! Our team of professionals can help you with all of your residential and commercial lighting needs. R & A is your only choice for a job done right.
With the right lighting arrangement, you can dress up any space and maximize energy efficiency. A well-lit home can also ward off criminal activity. If you are looking to re-invigorate your living or office space, contact us today so we can help you use light to harmonize design with your energy consumption and security concerns.
One issue to consider when making decisions to upgrade your current lighting system is the source of light you are using, and what sources should you be using. Incandescent, fluorescent, and LED are three light technologies that are commonly utilized in the illumination of our living and working spaces today.
An incandescent bulb is a traditional light bulb which consists of a thin, long tungsten filament wire, which is surrounded by a gas, such as helium. This filament can withstand an electrical current passing through it, which produces heat and causes the metal to glow. However, 90 percent of the energy produced by incandescent bulbs is heat and not light.
A fluorescent bulb uses electricity to stimulate and then de-stimulate a mercury vapor. The de-stimulation causes fluorescent material to produce light. Compact fluorescent lamps, known as CFLs, are more efficient in converting electricity into light than incandescent bulbs, and are popular in modern lighting arrangements. Our team of experts can help you choose what best fits your everyday needs.
The light-emitting diode (LED) bulb is currently one of the most energy-efficient choices for lighting your home or office. These bulbs don’t burn out; they experience lumen depreciation, instead, which is a slow dimming over their current average life expectancy – typically 10,000 hours of runtime.
Knowing some common terms can be useful in identifying which of your specific needs are being met, and which could use a refresh. Task lighting is typically marked for a target use (like reading); it is usually the most focused use of lighting in your home or office. Accent lighting adds artistic attention to your interior decorations or casts artistic shadows across your lawn. General lighting is what is used to illuminate common areas in your home (i.e., desk lamps or exterior path lighting). Whether you are looking to brighten up your home, or need new, creative ideas to accent your curb appeal, don’t wait – pick up the phone today, and call R & A. You can trust us with your investment; we have your best interests in mind.
Making a decision to upgrade your current lighting system, or to install a new one, can seem a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes, consumers are unaware at just how significant an impact lights have on our energy bill, and our quality of life in general. Meaningful improvements can be made simply by upgrading your illumination system. Not sure what improvements you can make? Our licensed, qualified professionals can help ease any anxiety you may be feeling in this decision-making process. Here’s some useful information that can aid you in choosing the best lighting arrangement for your home or office.
Incandescent bulbs are inefficient light sources, producing a substantial amount of heat which can drive up your energy bill. They usually last between 750 to 2,500 hours before burn-out. However, they are inexpensive, produce a pleasant light color and work well with dimming light fixtures.
A fluorescent bulb uses 25-35% of the energy consumed by an incandescent bulb to emit the same amount of light, and they last 10-15 times longer. Fluorescent bulbs are still decently efficient and are commonly used in office settings, as they are reasonable affordable, have a much longer lifespan than incandescents, and are commonly available. As newer lighting technologies emerge and prices reduce, we will eventually see the fluorescent light go the way of the incandescent bulb, but for now, it remains a formidable option.
LEDs are rapidly replacing other types of bulbs, and while more expensive than other bulbs, they are even more cost-efficient and versatile than fluorescent lighting. Organic LED (OLED) bulbs today can produce the same spectrum and diffusion of lighting as a warm incandescent bulb using a small fraction of the energy and will pay for themselves over the long run because they last longer and use a fraction of the electricity used by traditional bulbs. As manufacturers constantly develop new LED technologies for consumer use, prices continue to fall.
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