LEDs or light-emitting diodes are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current passes through them. LEDs are one of today’s most energy efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. LED light bulbs can last longer and are more durable and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. LEDs are small and provide unique lighting opportunities.

Keep these tips in mind if you’re considering retrofitting or replacing traditional lighting with LEDs.

  • Retrofitting existing recessed light fixtures with energy efficient LED retrofit kits should be done only where it can be confirmed in the manufacturer’s instructions that the LED retrofit kit is compatible with the existing recessed fixture assembly.

  • Replacing existing incandescent lamps with LED type lamps in lighting fixtures is a great way to save energy.  However if the existing lighting fixture is controlled by a dimmer be sure to purchase “dimmable” LED lamps.

  • When purchasing new LED lamps or retrofit kits look for the mark of a qualified electrical testing laboratory and read the instructions prior to installation.