Recently we have gotten a lot of phone calls from people who have bought a specific LED light at a big box store and are having a lot of issues with it.
That product happens to have a name that is close to the name of our business.

All these calls plus lots and lots of calls from our customers have prompted me to write this post about the quality of the newer energy efficient lighting solutions.

Why are so many people unhappy with their compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs. Why do we hear complaint after complaint about colors being horrible?

Well, it’s unfortunately the old “You get what you pay for.”

Big-Box stores have tried to get customers to buy these new products that everyone is writing so much about (talk about advertising!) by providing them at roughly the same price as regular incandescent lamps (the term the lighting industry uses for bulbs.)
They have therefore flooded the market with cheap low quality CFLs and  LED lights.

In our showroom we constantly test various CFL lamps and LED PARs and MR-16s to be able to show our customers that you can indeed find high quality energy efficient lamps.  We have found several we can highly recommend and I hope to bring back even more when I return from Dallas Market next weekend.

Reading up on this issue this morning I stumbled across this excellent article in Fine Homebuilding, written by lighting guru Randall Whitehead.  I just love that man!
Low Energy Lighting, High Energy Design.


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2 Responses to “Why do my new LED lights make me look green?”

  • I just couldn’t leave your site before telling you that I actually enjoyed the quality info you offer to your visitors? Will be back again often to check up on new posts

  • Tim

    Hi Lette,
    Good post, and good link too.
    Can you please post recent results of your lamp tests. It would be great to have the list of the best you have found so far, and would be truly helpful to all your clients and readers.
    From my personal experience as a lighting designer, I’d like to make one recommendation with regard to LED recessed lighting – Cree LED downlights (www.creeledlighting.com). These are available in 4″ & 6″ sizes, are highly efficient, give excellent color rendering, are available for new and retrofit applications, and some models come in different color temperatures.
    Many thanks,