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Decorating with LED is easy. After learning about many LED enabled home fixtures, we’ve understood that the most of them if not all can be installed by regular contractors or plumbers, with no special skills required. Really, all it takes is to plug in a LED powering connection via low voltage adapter that comes with the product (some can even run on batteries). LED is definitely in the trend. Already today you can decorate your home with LED. Be the first to surprise your guests. But before we’ll show you a few great products that will set this new trend in your home, let us comfort you with a few important facts about LED…

 

Bathroom: Chromatheraphy – set your mood with the right color

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WellSpring Steam Shower by Hansgrohe … Light up your steam shower with the LED color, change it based on your mood. The WellSpring’s LED chromotheraphy in 4 colors is only one of many features to enjoy you bathing with in this high-end system.

 

HansaColourShower by Hansa … take a shower with the LED colored rain. Let it light on when water on automaticaly or manualy change between 8 colors including white from the lit control panel, as you desire. LEDs installed right in the showerhead, combined with multiple spray options help to create a very relaxing showering experience.

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Whole House: Practical LED

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Brighthandle LED lit door handle … it changes its color from Green to Red when you lock the door. What a practical way to show others that the room is occupied. Brighthandle also brings colors to home interior. We find the Brighthandle to be one of the most practical LED application in home decor.

 

Bathroom: Changing Colors with TemperatureAnother LED’s fascinating feature that brings art and unexpected to modern home decor – the ability to change color with changing temperature. In the case of Nephopia basin, the glass color is changing, and with Hansacanyon the color of the water is changing.

Hansacanyon LED lit faucet from Hansa … is a high-tech water and light control system – with water temperature changing from cold to hot, the water color is changing from Blue to Red. Along with the faucet, also available is the illuminated waterfall spout that can be either a tub filler or an overhead shower. Even the temperature control buttons are illuminated.

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Bathroom: LED Lighted Faucet, Lavatory and Tub – practical and beautiful

 

 

Take a clear or translucent material and make faucets, sinks and tubs out of it, then light them up with LED… how thoughtful and how aesthetic. These fixtures don’t just set a nice atmosphere and make a very modern statement, they create a friendly glow by night so you won’t trip over when looking for your loo. You can leave the LED light on – it won’t cost you more than leaving your computer on.

The Neve Brick Faucet by Neve Rubinetterrie… more like art in your bathroom that mixes water and light. The two versions Brick Glas (transparent) and Brick Ice (opal) are available with a choice of white, red, orange, blue or green LED light.

 

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The LTT tubs and LTB lavatories from Wet, and Italian company … these objects are some of the most impressive LED driven designs. You see them and you want them, and they are priced on a budget. And not just for adults – would it be much easier to convince your child to take a bath in a lighted tub? Both the bathtub and the sink are made from polyethylene and are illuminated with a built-in multicolored, low-voltage electronic LED device that can be programmed for time, color and color intensity. A transformer is included. Buy them at Giant.

 

 

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“Why LED?”, people ask. Because… LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, bring FUN, FUNCTION and BEAUTY to home decor.
On a more technical note…
LED is virtually maintenance free – it rarely burns out; it lasts for 100,000 hours on average. No filament to burn out, unlike in ordinary incandescent bulbs. By some sources, LEDs can last for as long as 40 years.
LED is a low cost light source – in LED bulbs, 90% of energy is converted into light, while in incandescent bulbs 90% of energy goes to heat and only 10% to visible light.
led-diods.jpg LED is safe – it requires low voltage DC electric current and can run on batteries, and it’s safe to the touch – it doesn’t get hot.
LED light is easy to see even in bright sunlight.
LED can be illuminated in many colors including a very recent addition of White and Blue. Other are Green, Cyan, Red, Red Orange and Amber.
LED can change its light color.
LEDs are very inexpensive – some priced at .50 cents.
LEDs are easy to implement – they are just tiny bulbs that fit easily into modern electric circuits.
LEDS are durable – they aren’t glass but small plastic bulbs.
Do you need more LED advantages…?! And there’s more… Incidentally, just when we were writing this article, the news came up about the LED discovery made accidentally… The news basically say the LEDs will replace the common incandescent bulbs.. See how LED works in more details.

LED will lead and light up the future.
LED will play a major role in contemporary decor. If today’s contemporary style means decorating with colors … tomorrow’s contemporary style will be decorating with colors of LIGHT… The LED revolution in the interior design has already began…

Now that we know why LED is in, let’s see some examples of how it transforms the home decor of today, room by room…

Dining: Add Magic with LED

The LED table by Ingo Maurer … Thinking about a romantic candlelight dinner under the stars? Instead, spend a ‘starry’ night at this LED lighted table, and you’ll fill your romance… ‘above’ the stars. Designed by Ingo Maurer in 2003(!), this magic table lights up with 278 white LEDs per leaf and is available in 2-leaf ($14,850) and 3-leaf ($22,421) version at Unica.

Kitchen: Lighted Water

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The KWC Eve Kitchen Faucet … Illuminating water is not new but when your kitchen faucet does it, is. Imaging yourself entertaining your guests in a darken kitchen… and suddenly they see the blue lighted water… this will set the party trend. Eve has only became available since August of 2005, from Swiss KWC. It’s fascinating how this small and elegant faucet is made so innovative and practical. It has a pull-out that you don’t see right away. The LED-lighting ring is integrated into the pull-out. You press a button on the pull-out, and Eve will not only illuminate water flow but provide effective lighting of the workplace as well. The LED application is supported by the Luminaqua light technology that uses a low voltage of 6.75V and is absolutely safe. It will automatically switch itself off after 45 minutes, and will use up very little electricity thanks to the LED efficiency. The pull-out extends up to 2 feet and the swivel rotates 270 degree. Available with no LED as well.

Kitchen: Cooking with Fun

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Imago LED Illuminated Hood from Faber … a mood setter in the Kitchen. Add some fun to your boring kitchen appliances. Besides LED lights, it comes with a built-in TV.

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About Energy Conservation

Energy Efficient LED Lighting and Technologies

Rapid advancements in LEDs and the global need for energy efficient lighting alternatives are creating opportunities to replace conventional light sources with LED lighting for general illumination. LED lighting is gaining momentum for many reasons, and chief among them is energy efficiency.

With the landmark signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and other nations similarly devoting resources to energy conservation, the potential impact of LED lighting is increasingly gaining national and global attention. A 2001 Department of Energy study estimated cumulative savings of $98 billion by 2020 once LED lighting reaches the performance crossover with conventional sources. Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions believes this day is approaching faster than ever anticipated.

Today Philips’ energy efficient lighting systems deliver big visual impact without the big energy drains. Yet LED lighting can achieve energy savings on a much larger scale as it becomes more applicable to general illumination. With the introduction of EssentialWhite™ and IntelliWhite™, Philips now addresses specialty white light applications while developing systems that will meet the growing opportunity to cost-effectively apply LEDs for general illumination.

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Energy Costs
Energy consumption reduced from 8,000 watts to 600 watts total

The Ponca City Memorial Fountain has long been a community focal point, engaging residents and visitors since its construction in 1925. When the fountain was last renovated in 1980, the lighting scheme called for 250-watt incandescent fixtures with red, green and blue lenses to create colored effects. This resulted in a maintenance challenge and little ability to actually control the illumination.

Cost of Light

The opportunities to replace conventional lighting with LED lighting for general illumination are growing, fueled in part by the continual advancements in LEDs and the global need for energy-efficient lighting alternatives. Performance is an important metric for assessing the viability of replacement by LED sources. These devices that once merely lit calculators and cell phone displays can now illuminate an airport terminal or a 100 foot building façade. They increasingly match or exceed the efficacy of conventional lighting sources, particularly with the advent of today’s power LEDs. In fact, the efficacy of LED sources, measured in lumens per watt, is eclipsing that of incandescent and halogen sources.As a result, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions’ systems are displacing conventional lighting methods in a number of applications where LEDs were previously thought impractical. And this exciting trend continues. Performance is improving rapidly in the intensely competitive LED supplier field where current data from these manufacturers shows LED performance ahead of forecasted levels, and the cross over point for matching the efficacy of fluorescent sources outpacing the predictions made just a few years ago. Yet performance is only one metric.Matching the cost of conventional lighting is another critical element for replacement to occur. The true measure of cost goes beyond just the initial cost of the lighting system and incorporates lifetime and operational costs as well. For example, an incandescent source may only have an initial cost of fifty cents, yet its energy consumption will cost more than ten times that over its relatively short life, when a new source must be purchased and the cycle starts again. The metric that accounts for all of these factors is called the Cost of Light. This is the measure that sophisticated customers, such as those managing large buildings, use to compare the true cost of illumination. Intelligent LED lighting systems are intersecting the Cost of Light of incandescent and halogen sources and are rapidly approaching the economic cross over point for fluorescent sources. A white paper is available for more detailed information.

These are Philips estimates, and are not indicative of future performance. Decreasing operational and lifetime costs, together with improved LED performance, enable a wide spectrum of new applications.