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LEDS making the next generation obsolete

Occasionally, an invention is so good it trumps even its own evolution. The internal combustion engine, for instance, has been the principle form of motor travel for over a century. The technology was streets ahead of the competition, and it is still one of the most commercially viable options in the automotive industry today.

The same is proving true of LED lights, which will keep their spot as the number one lighting technology for quite some time yet, according to a new report.

The nearest competitor to LED, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), are proving impressive in their application, but they remain too expensive to trump the many advantages of LEDs, IHS Technology said this month.

This is because LEDs have been refined over several decades, whereas new lighting innovations are yet to have the same input. LEDS are also keeping ahead of the next generation simply by being such a great asset to any home.

“In terms of efficiency, lifetime and brightness, it will continue to be difficult for OLED lighting to compete with LED lighting,” IHS explained in its report.

Not only are LEDs capable of lasting for years without replacement, their low energy usage and high quality light emittance makes for an attractive proposition to most homeowners.

One of the main advantages of an OLED is its slim design, with a panel being a mere sheet of flexible material. However, this is solving a problem that for many does not exist, as the compact size of LEDs already makes them useful in everything from table lamps to car headlights.

“In all probability LEDs will remain significantly cheaper, more efficient and longer lasting than OLEDs, and that means LED will remain the mainstream technology for the foreseeable future,” the report concluded.

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What is the Best Light for Reading in Bed?

If you like to unwind in the evenings by relaxing in bed with a good book,
you’ll want to ensure you have a reading light that makes it both easy and
enjoyable to get caught up in your favourite literature. A ceiling light can produce too harsh a light, whereas oyster lights can produce too
dim a glow. However, you do have plenty of options that are ideal for reading in
bed.

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Some of the most popular options are table lamps,? a bedside lamp or desk lamp, which uses a
medium wattage bulb and has a shade covering prevent direct light hitting the
book or the eyes. The beauty of a desk lamp, or table lamps, is that they are
portable so can be moved from desk to table depending on where you’ve chosen
to sit. For example, one night you may wish to read in bed, the next you may
wish to read in a bedside chair. Another option is dedicated reading lights that
attach to your headboard, or to the book itself. These are more permanent
options, but are perfect for those who enjoy reading on a regular basis.

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Bulb Considerations

Along with the type of light you decide upon, you should also consider the type
of bulb. You want to choose a bulb that gives off enough light for you to be
able to read without straining your eyes, but not enough light that you see a
glare from the page. This is especially true for e-readers, tablets, or
computers which have screens instead of paper pages. When purchasing a
traditional incandescent bulb, 100 Watts should suit most people relatively
well. However, LED lights are highly recommended, as they are ‘greener’, use
less energy, and last longer.

Shade Considerations

Opting for a desk lamp or table lamps with a shade is an excellent idea if
you’re planning to read in bed regularly. The shade can help control light
output and minimise glare, but you should make sure you choose the right type of
shade. For example, a very dark shade may limit light output to an extent where
it is not possible to read text without straining the eyes. Similarly, a very
light shade may create glare. Pastel shades are the perfect middle ground. Also
be sure to choose a plain shade rather than a patterned one, as patterns can
create shadows which can make it difficult to see the text.

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Use lights to make a space look bigger

While most people are already aware of the ways you can use colour and mirrors to make a small room seem larger, there are a few ways you can employ led light bulbs for the same effect.

Recessed spot lighting

Not only is this visually appealing, but recessed lights can provide a number of different functions whether you want ambient, task or accent lighting in your smaller room.

One way to create a larger-looking space is to use these lights to illuminate walls. This will create a soft, atmosphere, opening up the room.

Lighting up a vertical space with a wall-washing fixture, such as the Oriel Dias 90 led recessed silver wall light, will make everything in the room appear brighter and larger.

Pendant lighting

If the small room in your house is your home office, or another room where you require specific task lighting, pendant lights can go a long way in reducing clutter as they eliminate the need for desk lights.

Pendant lights hang from the ceiling, which also helps to create a focal point in the room. If you have a small bedroom, consider hanging these lights on each side of the bed to create task lighting. However, ensure you hang them high enough so you don't knock your head on them.

Floor lamps

These lights are helpful for small spaces as they provide a bold statement without creating clutter when the room's lighting is otherwise too dim.

A feature such as the Justin Floor Lamp or the Brilliant Eve Acrylic Floor Lamp will create extra light making the room look bigger, while also providing an element of style to the room.

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Could the right kind of light help your brain?

Light is something we may all take for granted, but it seems that the right kind of led lightbulbs could enhance your brain activity.

A new study by the University of Montreal examined the effect of light on a totally blind group of participants.

The results found that light may be the key to help us maintain sustained attention, which could be why we work better when there is sufficient lighting, according to researchers.

If you have a home office or have older incandescent lights at your workplace, this could be all the incentive you need to replace these with more efficient led lights.

The Canadian researchers found that indoor lighting can stimulate day-like brain activity – even in those with no conscious vision.

Light can improve alertness, mood and improve performance on cognitive tasks, which are all qualities you need in your day-to-day activities.

The participants in this study underwent an MRI scan while lights were flashed in their eyes. They were then asked to tell researchers if they could see the light.

"During an auditory working memory task, less than a minute of blue light activated brain regions important to perform the task. These regions are involved in alertness and cognition regulation as well being as key areas of the default mode network," said study author Olivier Collignon.

He went on to say that this could mean the brain performs better when there is sufficient light available.

As well as helping you to perform brain activities, led globes could help you to save on your power bills as these lights are capable of providing a high level of brightness, in a more efficient way.

Another bonus is they have a longer lifetime, so you may not need to replace these items for a long time.

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Creating an inviting space

If you're putting your property on the market, you want to make sure it looks as well presented and inviting as possible. It's the little details that count and make a home look and feel welcoming to a prospective buyer. Lighting is one of those things.

Lighting for an inviting look

Sometimes homes don't get much natural light, especially during the cooler months of the year. This can leave houses looking and feeling cold, drab and uninviting – and not appealing to a potential home buyer.

Luckily you can solve all of this and nip the problem in the bud with a healthy dose of skilled lighting design.

All in all, the warmer the light can be the better. A good starting point is putting some wall lights in your living spaces, as these can offer an orange glow as their light is dispersed against the wall. These lights create a softer ambiance, essential to an inviting home.

You can also warm your room up by adding a table lamp with a cosy coloured lamp shade such as yellow, orange or red. This will not only add a beautiful decorative feature to your room, but it will improve its illumination as well.

Lighting up the nooks and crannies in some of your rooms can also make the space feel more welcoming. For instance, installing lights along the wall above your bench and stove tops can create a homey glow perfect for this part of the domestic space.

Lastly, if you have a fireplace in a living area, why not light it up for an open home if it's a wintery day? This is sure to complement your lighting and make your home feel warm, cosy and inviting.