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A complete guide to LED lights for domestic locations

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LED lights are becoming a popular choice in homes across the UK. Not only could they save you as much as 90% on your energy bills, but they’re incredibly flexible and easy to install. They can work as your primary source of light, but can also be placed in certain places to illuminate their surroundings. But which domestic locations work best with LED lights?

In this guide, we will explore the different domestic locations that could benefit from LED lights, and which variations would work best with your space.

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LED lights for bathrooms

When choosing LED lights for the bathroom, you need to be aware of proper maintenance to ensure they do not become water damaged. LED strip lights are a popular option for bathrooms, as they can bend into corners easily and can be cut to size. Even if your LED lights are not directly exposed to water, condensation could prove to be a serious issue, so you should consider water-resistant options instead.

In bathrooms, neutral colours such as cool or warm white will work much better than bright colours, as you can set the tone and ambience as you take a relaxing bath. You can even choose a dimming feature to adjust the light to suit your preferences. Although placed in the bathroom, LED lighting is much safer than traditional lighting options, and will last for around 50,000 hours.

To find out more about LED lights in bathrooms, please read our previous guide here.

LED lights for kitchens

Of all the rooms in your home, LED lights will work perfectly in your kitchen. They can be placed under cabinets and around countertops to provide accent lighting and enhance your kitchen preparation locations. However, like in bathrooms, LED lights must be protected, especially if they are placed near your oven or hob. If they are in any danger of becoming damaged by hot oil, it might be worth considering placing them elsewhere.

The sealing case on LED strip lighting can protect against steam, but you should check the IP rating to see how it fairs against other liquids. Relaxing whites may suit your space better, but you can opt for colour changing RGB options if your kitchen doubles as a dining room and you’d like to entertain your guests.

To find out more, please read our previous guide concerning LED lights in kitchens here.

LED lights for bedrooms

Although strip lighting is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, LED flex lighting can really illuminate your space and provide a unique setting. It can be bent into whichever shape you’d like, and can be cut to size like LED strip lighting. Flex lighting is a popular choice for the headboard or under the bed for a more modern look, but it can also be crafted into a personalised sign.

LED modules can be used as your main source of light, and are great for illuminating walk-in wardrobes. LED lights can bring your bedroom into the modern age, not only providing light, but also enhancing your space to make it more unique. Before you choose your LED lights, however, make sure you consider your placement, as well as size and colour. Although strip and flex lighting can be cut to size, it’s good to have a rough estimate of length, and choosing your preferred colour can help you match with your existing décor.

You can find out more about LED lights for bedrooms here.

LED lights for living rooms

Approximately 14% of households use LED lights, and no more so than in the living room. They can be placed in numerous locations, such as behind the TV, under the windowsill and under sofas and coffee tables. LED lights can highlight a certain part of your room, and they come in a range of colours to suit your preferences. You can even opt for dimming and colour changing effects.

As well as reducing your energy bills, LED lights convert 95% of their energy into light and just 5% into heat, making them one of the safest options for your home. At We Love LEDs, you can even control the colour changing effect through Wi-Fi, making it even easier to get the setting you prefer. However, you should consider the placement of your LED lights, as well as whether colour-changing effects would be appropriate.

Read our previous guide concerning LED lights in the living room here to find out more

LED lights for cars

As well as in the home, LED lights can be used in other personal spaces too, such as your car. LED lights are the most popular choice for headlights in modern cars due to their energy-saving properties, a sentiment which can be applied to interior lights too. LED strip and flex lights look great in footwells and underneath seats, and you can choose from a range of different colours to stand out from the crowd.

However, it is important to remember that LED lights are completely safe and legal in cars, but they must not flash or cause a distraction to other drivers. They also cannot be shown out of the back window of your car so that they won’t interfere with the red brake light.

If you are considering LED lights for your car, you can read our full guide here.

LED lights for staircases

If you’re looking to bring your staircase into the modern era, LED lights can do the trick. They can increase visibility within your home, as well as add an extra feature to your home that will catch the eye of your guests. LED lights, particularly strip and flex lighting, look great on your bannister, at the side of your staircase or under your stair treads.

LED lights are one of the safest options for your home, but they must be maintained properly to increase their longevity. As they will be placed on your staircase, you will need to be mindful of people potentially tripping over your lights, so make sure they are fitted securely. To choose the very best colours for your home. Consider the atmosphere you are aiming for, and whether bright colours would work with your existing décor.

To find out more about installing LED lights on your staircase, please read our previous guide here.

In conclusion

Here at We Love LEDs, we have a wide collection of LED lights to choose from, from LED flex kits to large LED modules for signs. If you’re still trying to decide upon the very best LED lights for your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.