The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) conducts an annual survey of members to see what the hottest trends will be for the year. This year, the listed LED lighting in the kitchen as one of the top 5 trends for 2012! Sales have really started to take off for us, so we knew this trend was growing, but it is nice to hear that a well established organization like the NKBA is highlighting it to. For the full article about the top 5 trends head over to the Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends. Here is what they had to say about LED Lighting:
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. Despite the higher initial cost, light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting is proof of this trend. Specified by 50% of NKBA member kitchen designers entering 2010, that rate increased to 54% the following year and has jumped over the past year to 70%. However, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) aren’t sharing in this trend. Although they use roughly a quarter the energy of an incandescent bulb when producing the same amount of light, measured in lumens, the poor color of the light they produce and the presence of mercury in these bulbs are keeping them out of newly remodeled kitchens, falling from 36% last year to 26% today.
Older incandescent bulbs stand at just 42%, a figure we expect to fall next year due in part to the U.S. ban on newly produced 100-watt incandescent bulbs that went into effect on January 1. A ban on 75-watt incandescent bulbs will go into effect on January 1, 2013, followed by 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs on January 1, 2014.
With the National Kitchen and Bath Association recognizing the importance of LED lighting… why haven’t you add LED’s to your kitchen yet?
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