Strips of LEDs have become a favorite of home designers to create a mood in certain rooms and enhance the safety in others. These lights have a longer life and are more energy efficient than other home lighting solutions. Here are some of the ways you can use LEDs to update the lighting in your home.
Versatile LED Light Strips
You'll get thousands of hours of use from LED lights. They operate cooler than compact fluorescent or halogen bulbs, so they are useful in areas sensitive to heat. The LEDs are unaffected by weather and temperature, so they can be used indoors or outside. Flexible strips of LEDs can be curved around and over surfaces where rigid light bars cannot. You'll find LED strips with white lights, colored lights with some having the feature that they can be programmed to show various colors at different times.
Install LED strips behind translucent kitchen counter splash panels. Place LEDs above and below kitchen cabinets. These lights cast a soft glow in the kitchen, so you're not walking into a totally dark room at night. If you don't want to leave them on all of the time, place them on a motion sensing switch so they come on automatically when you enter the kitchen.
Stairways and Hand Railings
Place LEDs along stair risers and under hand railings to enhance safety in dark areas. Use LED strips to outline decks and patios outside to help people move around those spaces safely at night.
Create a recessed cove style ceiling accented with LEDs to create a soft glow in the room. Place LED strips above ceiling trim to shine up on the ceiling. You'll create a feeling of depth on the ceiling and an inviting warmth to the room. Alternatively, mount LED strips above windows covered by the tops of the drapery. Have the LEDs shine upward on the wall and ceiling to create a feeling of height to small rooms.
Highlight Furniture and Art Work
Secure LED strips inside of curio cabinets, china cabinets and under buffet hutches. Place LEDs behind photos on the wall to create a feeling of depth. Display art objects on small tables ringed with LEDs to brighten the piece. To create a lighted surface from below art pieces, place a ring of wood on a table with an LED strip mounted inside of the ring. Place a sheet of glass on top of the ring. Set vases, sculptures and figurines on the glass so they are lit from below by the LEDs.