Best Under-Cabinet Lighting: Best Under Cabinet Lights With Remote?
The following are some of the most popular questions asked by readers. Some of them are not so easy to answer, but it’s our job to provide accurate information. So let us try to do it!
What is the difference between LED and CFL lights? How much energy will they save me? What kind of light does each one produce? Is there any difference between LED and CFL lights?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. They are very efficient light sources. These bulbs use less than 1/10th of the electricity used by incandescent lamps. The main advantage of these types of lights is their low cost, which makes them affordable to all households. LED bulbs last longer too, since they don’t require constant replacement like incandescent ones do (they burn out after only a few years). LEDs have other advantages too, such as being dimmable, making them ideal for bedrooms and offices.
Comparing LED and CFL lights is quite difficult because they both come in different sizes and shapes. Also, the amount of energy saved depends on many factors including the type of bulb used, its size and shape etc.
There is no single standard or rating system for these types of lights. The efficiency ratings given here are based on tests conducted by the Energy Star program.
CFL stands for Compact Florescent, and is a type of fluorescent light that uses less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and lasts up to 10 times longer.
The average CFL light produces about the same amount of light as a standard incandescent bulb, but is about half the size (and significantly thinner).
It produces a different quality of light too, which is not as yellow as that from an incandescent bulb. This quality of light is easier on the eyes and makes colors appear more vibrant.
These bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs, but last so much longer they actually work out much cheaper in the long run (and also help to conserve energy). It is more cost effective to buy these types of lights in multipacks.
How much energy will CFL lights save me?
CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use only 1/5th the electricity. Using just 10 CFL lights will save you more than $100 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulbs. The initial cost of these lights is higher, but they soon pay for themselves and then some.
I’ve been hearing a lot about LED lights lately, are they better than CFLs?
LED lights are similar to CFLs in that they do not produce as much heat, last longer and use less electricity. LEDs also come in a variety of shapes and sizes including those that are designed to be used outside for security lighting.
One drawback with LED lights is that they still cost more than incandescent bulbs and they don’t quite match the brightness of those bulbs. However, they are improving all the time.
Using just 10 LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs will save about $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the LEDs.
If you want to read more about light bulbs, try the Lighting section.
Sources & references used in this article:
High voltage (line) under-cabinet lighting fixture by SH Benesohn – US Patent 6,491,413, 2002 – Google Patents
Under-cabinet lighting fixture by SH Benensohn – US Patent 6,431,722, 2002 – Google Patents
Connectors for under cabinet lighting by WJ Coyle Jr, JG Lares, RH Smith – US Patent 7,182,637, 2007 – Google Patents
Under-cabinet lighting systems, kits and methods by CM Tress, JJ Tress Jr – US Patent 7,384,166, 2008 – Google Patents
Under-the-cabinet lighting system by OK Nilssen – US Patent 5,559,393, 1996 – Google Patents
Modular LED lighting systems and kits by C Tress – US Patent 8,545,045, 2013 – Google Patents