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70% of Designers Spec LEDs in Kitchens

Data from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) shows a huge increase in the percentage (70%) of designers spec'ing LEDs in 2012 vs. 2011 (54%).


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The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has cited LED lighting as the No. 4 top trend in kitchen design in 2012, with a staggering 70 percent of designers now spec’ing LEDs, up from 50 percent in 2010 and 54 percent in 2011.

“Energy-efficiency is clearly not a fad, but a real trend that can be seen taking hold in homes across the United States and Canada,” says NKBA. “Despite the higher initial cost, light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting is proof of this trend.”

On the flip side, spec’ing compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) is on the decline. Only 26 percent of designers have recommended them in 2012, down from 36 percent in 2011.

The specification of incandescent bulbs is at 42 percent, and the NKBA expects that figure to fall as 75W and then 60W and 40W bulbs are banned in 2013 and 2014.



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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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