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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%).

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 Knott, Editor, CE Pro
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.

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Posted by 39CentStamp  on  10/22  at  06:43 AM

So glad CFLs are going away. Saves me from having to throw them all out at each project because they cant be dimmed.

Posted by VR500  on  10/23  at  10:12 AM

This is excellent news. Homeowners spend a significant amount of time in their kitchens—probably more waking hours than in any other room in the home. So, it makes sense that room’s lighting is being replaced with higher-efficiency technology. In my own home, I’m just about to replace under-cabinet 20w halogen puck lamps with LED fixtures, and aside from the energy savings, I won’t have to replace (on average) each bulb every six months, and I’ll be free of the heating issue, where the puck lamp’s heat radiates into the items stored in the cabinet’s lower shelf.

If you’re new to LED lamps, you’ll need to get up to speed on proper dimming. Unlike incandescent lights, it’s more complex and not all LED fixtures are dimmable. The uninitiated should read Lutron’s excellent white papers on dimming LEDs, which are available on their public website.

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