Monthly Archives: December 2015

How LED Light Fixtures Can Help You Save A LOT of Money

A lot of people are still skeptical about using LED Light Bulbs in their homes and DIY projects — but they shouldn’t be, especially not when the price of LEDs has dropped to these levels! Here are a few reasons why choosing LED Light Fixtures may be the smartest lighting decision you ever make. deluxe-design-home-pool-ceiling-led-lighting

LEDs use less energy than Incandescent or Compact Flourescent (CFL) Bulbs:

An incandescent bulb will typically use 60 watts to emit 750-900 lumens of light — a watt being the method of measuring how much power a device consumes. By contrast, the same level of lumens can be emitted from a CFL Bulb that consumes just 13-18 watts. But the clear winner is the LED Bulb, which consumes a tiny 6-8 watts to emit the same quality of light. To put this into financial terms, The average price of electricity in Ontario is around $0.15 per kwh. If you’re using a typical Incandescent bulb, you’re using 525.6 kwh/year. This translates into an energy consumption cost of $78.84. A CFL? That’s cost you the slightly lower price of $12.04-23.65 per year. An LED bulb will only cost you $7.88-10.51!

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LEDs last longer than other bulbs:

Hemming and hawing because LED bulbs cost “more” than traditional, cheap incandescent bulbs? Think long-term: The average life of a traditional incandescent bulb is 1200 hours, while a CFL will last about 10 times that. An LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours, 5 times greater than a CFL bulb, and 50 times greater than the old filament bulb. That means you’ll be buying a lot fewer light bulbs over time when you purchase LED light fixtures.

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LEDs are brighter than other bulbs:

LEDs offer a more directional light than other traditional bulbs — which means that you get brighter light where you need it most, without any waste. This saves you time, and, consequently, money. You’ll be able to get by with one very bright LED light fixture, as opposed to two or more dim incandescent light bulbs.

Try out an LED light fixture today, and start saving!

Plan the Ultimate Holiday Party With LED Lighting

We here at Signworld Canada love the holidays. There’s always so many different display options and themes you could go with to make the most out of the space you already have! But how can you throw the ultimate Christmas or holiday party? All it takes is a little lighting.

Start at the Front Door:

Turn the entrance to your home into a portal to fun by using a Flexible Color Changing LED Light Strip Kit to create designs and shapes that regular string lights just can’t match. Not to mention the fact that LEDs are way more energy efficient and will last for years before needing to be replaced, unlike those classic incandescent bulbs our parents all used.

Move On Into the Living Room:

Signworld Canada‘s talked about the importance of ambiance before, and there’s no better way to get people schmoozing and having a good time then to set the mood for them. Attach a few LED strips to the bottom of your furniture, and your guests can’t help but feel more festive.

The set listed in the above tutorial is quoted at $210, but you can get them from Signworld Canada for only $39.99 (plus tax and shipping)!

Get them to the Patio:

It’s supposed to be a warm winter this year, so just in case, extend your party out into the backyard by lighting your patio up. Our LED light strip kit is water-proof, so even if we do experience some flurries, your guests won’t be left in the dark.

Flexible Color Changing LED Light Strip Kits can be purchased from our consumer website, CanadianDisplay.ca.

4 Ways to Use LED Lights That Will Change Your Life

LEDs are the lighting solution of the future: there are no other lighting technologies as energy efficient, inexpensive, or versatile as the humble LED. We all know that LED Downlights can be used as basic lighting fixtures in place of incandescent bulbs, but they can also be used in many places where incandescent — and even compact fluorescent — light bulbs simply cannot be.

Just remember — don’t try this at home unless you’re experienced with installing light fixtures. LED’s still pack enough electricity to be a shock or fire hazard.

Show off Your Wear:

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All it takes is some ingenuity, work, and —  of course — a few LED Light Fixtures — and you can have a closet worthy of being shown off instead of tucked away. Go with warm light so that it feels like a natural part of your home, and getting dressed int he morning will feel a little more glamorous.

Illuminate Your Drawers:

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Stop fumbling around in the dark for, ironically, that flashlight. Now your drawers can light up every time you open them! Install LED downlight fixtures into your cabinets, or use the Flexible Color changing LED Light Strip Kit to shine some light on your messy drawer situation.

Watch Your Step with LED Stair Lights:

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That late night trek into the kitchen won’t be so precarious when you install your own Interactive LED Stair Lights. Use the Bright White lights to save money, energy, and maybe even your life when you’re wondering around in the dark.

Make Your Fridge Brighter:

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Now, ponder whether ALL of the lights go off when you close the refrigerator, and improve your ability to check expiration dates, by installing simple new lighting with LED strips or modules.

You can purchase all of these LED products at our main consumer website, CanadianDisplay.ca.

 

4 Awesome DIY Ways to Man-Up Your Man Cave

The key to a good Man Cave is good ambiance. And what’s the best way to achieve good ambiance?

Lighting.

Lighting can turn an old room into a cozy study or a dank parlor. Here are 4 ways you can use awesome lighting to take your inner sanctum from “Former Child’s Bedroom” to “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”

Just remember — don’t try this at home unless you’re an experienced hobbyist. LED’s still pack enough electricity to be a shock or fire hazard.

A Drum Light Made From an Actual Drum:

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You can really turn up the volume in your musically-inspired man cave by turning an old, busted drum into a cool hanging lamp shade. This tutorial suggests buying a pendant light kit, but a modified LED Down Light would provide brighter, more energy-efficient light at a fraction of the overall power cost.

Back-Lit Silhouettes and Posters:

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A man cave should be a place where a man can be surrounded by his personality; his passions, his interests, and his 2-foot wide Batman emblems. Give your posters and other art a cool glow when the lights go out by hanging them over LED Down lights installed into a wall, or by attaching LED Strip Lights to the back of them.

LED Coasters:

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A man cave should, above all else, be dim, if not dark — it mirrors the feeling one has stepping into an old lodge or your favorite pub. The only trouble is that you might not be able to see your beer from time to time. That’s where this project comes in – Light-Up LED Coasters.

Our LED Downlights are flat, which makes them perfect for modifying into light-up coasters. You can even use a selection of LED modules if you’re feeling gutsy enough to build one from scratch.

Show Off Your Video Game Collection:

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Even as Grown Men, we still love our electronic toys. In the recesses of our man caves, not only do we want to play our favorite games, we want to show off our collections, too. The clever use of LED Down Lights installed into the tops of basic shelves can really help show off what your passionate about, whether its video games, props, sports memorabilia, or books.

You can purchase all of these LED products at our main consumer website, CanadianDisplay.ca.