Hera LED Lightingby Lincoln Sentry
Let there be light. That Biblical pronouncement gives a pretty good pedigree to everything else that has come after in the world of illumination. This includes LED lighting, which some consider “the next revolution in cabinetry.” LED, of course, stands for light-emitting diode, defined as a semiconductor device that emits visible light when electric current passes through it.
Features and benefits
The reasons that LEDs are attractive to cabinetmakers and their clients include all of the following, according to Jenna Kaba, marketing coordinator for Norcross, Ga.-based Hera Lighting. LEDs are low profile and sleek fixtures that can easily be incorporated into furniture and cabinets. Features include low energy consumption, no heat or UV, long lifetime of 50,000 hours, high color rendering, good quality of light, and low voltage.
In this long list, one that must stand out for wood professionals is the added-value opportunity. Kaba says, “Lighting adds value to any kitchen and automatically makes it appear high end.” Because the lighting now comes as part of a “complete package with cabinetry,” increased profits should result, she states.
Features and benefits of LED lighting
No heat or UV
Add value to kitchens with ambient and task lighting
Long lifetime of 50,000 hours, which means never having to change a light bulb
High colour rendering, good quality of light
Low voltage so there is no fire or shock risk
HVAC / Energy savings
Plug and play systems that can connect to one driver
UL-listed as a complete system