In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to post about the LED lights that we’ve put into our new kitchen. They’re LR6 lights, from Cree Lighting. If you walked in, you wouldn’t notice them — and that’s the point. They look like standard lights, are even more energy efficient than CFLs, don’t contain mercury, and can be dimmed (although they require a digital dimmer).
So, what’s the downside? Well, for now they’re somewhat overpriced. If they last as long as the company claims (on the order of 20 years), they’ll more than pay for themselves, but that assumes that we don’t discount the future stream of savings. And they’re fairly new products, so no one really knows that they’ll actually last that long. But we decided they were worth a try. And they look good enough that we’re probably going to use them in our living room as well.
I was more than a bit nervous about buying these without being able to see what they’d look like in practice. (Amicus Green has them, but as part of a display with a bunch of other lights, so it’s hard to see what the light looks like.) So, if you’re in the DC area and you’re considering these lights, feel free to email me if you want to come see them.