LED Lighting Essentials

The Maxlite BR30 (left) and BR40 replace incandescent lamps (65W and 90W, respectively) in standard Edison-type sockets. Both lamps are available in 2,700K and CRI80-plus (maxlite.com).

TivoTape from Tivoli (tivolilighting.com) is a low-voltage indoor-outdoor light strip with an adhesive backing. It’s sold in lengths up to 16 feet and can be cut in the field. The LEDs are fully dimmable and come in a variety of light temperatures, including four whites and red, yellow, blue, and green.

The Hue from Philips (meethue.com) is a home lighting system that includes proprietary LED lamps capable of displaying 16 million color variations. The lamps are controlled through a base unit that connects to an existing wireless network and can be operated via any iOS or Android device, or through a Web-based application. The system enables users to schedule lighting tied to behavior patterns, and includes a feature called “geofencing,” which can adjust lighting based on detection of a mobile device carried by a homeowner approaching or leaving the home.

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