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The lighting of a home is essential - from basic illumination, beautifying homes, and all the way to enhancing ambience. But keeping your home or even office beautifully illuminated shouldn’t take a toll on your electricity bill every month.

LED lights use 50% less energy as compared to conventional fluorescent lights commonly used in homes, which also translates to great savings on electricity usage and thus, its cost.

LED lights also do not contain harmful elements like mercury, which can be found in conventional fluorescent lights. In turn, LED lights will be better for the environment as it does not become toxic waste when disposed.

Apart from that, the life span of LED lights are much longer as well, which reduces the need to replace them too often. Indirectly, this means a reduce of CO2 emissions thanks to the decreased manufacturing of the lights, their packaging, transporting etc...


Quick comparison

Here is a quick comparison of a traditional fluorescent bulb (60 watt light bulb of 800 lumens) and an LED one (of equivalent brightness):

Based on the comparisons above, a change of LED lights will save you about 54% on energy costs every year, compared to when using fluorescent lights!



Types of LED lights

LED lights have come a long way since it was first invented in the year 1907 by Mr Henry Joseph Round. Technological advancements have changed the LED light in so many ways - from a tiny speck of diode to multiple shapes and sizes, you can have LED lights in almost any type of lighting fixtures these days.

Here are some types of LED light fixtures that could be ideal for your home or office:


1. Recessed LED Downlight

Downlights are basically lighting fixtures that are angled downwards. It is used for general illumination. However, skillful interior designers are able to produce highly artistic lighting effects by just using ordinary downlights.



2. LED Ceiling Light

Ceiling Lights come in many shapes, sizes and variations. It is generally installed to produce an aesthetic effect, either projecting grandeur or beauty within the interior of the house. This type of lighting is typically used to illuminate large areas in the house, such as the living hall.



3. LED Wall Light

Wall Lights are generally any type of lighting fixture that is installed onto walls. This type of lights do not have a base on the ground, and can come in multiple sizes. The beam of the lights can also be manipulated to shine in any direction.



4. LED Spotlight

Spotlights generally have a narrow and focused beam of light, and its main purpose is to highlight an object of interest by projecting the beam of light onto it, such as paintings, trees, decorations, antiques, etc.. Spotlights can also be arranged in ways for the beam to be shone on the wall to create artistic effects, even without having to focus on a certain object.  



5. LED Track Light

Track Lights are basically Spotlights, but with the flexibility of placing the lights anywhere on its track/rail. The track functions as an electric conductor to supply electricity to the lights and as such, the lights can be positioned along it anyhow as needed. The tracks also come in different length and sizes, either being recessed or hanging.



6. LED T8 Tubes

These are basic lights for general illumination. It is typically installed in parking bays, garages, offices, storerooms, warehouses, or anywhere that needs basic illumination. These lights however are good in producing brightness, from 1,200 to 2,200 lumens.



Where to get LED lights?

If you are hunting for LED lights to beautify your home or office, here are a few suggestions to help you out:

1.CIMA Lighting

An established company that sells lighting fixtures. They have several branches within the Klang Valley. Head over to their website at http://www.cimalighting.com.my to look for a branch nearest to you.

Alternatively, you can call these numbers to ask for their location:



Balakong           : 603-9076 2044 / 3044 

Selayang           : 603-6242 3868
Wangsa Maju   : 603-4143 0104
PJ                       : 603-7784 3868
USJ                    : 603-8011 0204


2. Y.T. Lighting Puchong Sdn Bhd

There are several lighting fixture outlets located within Puchong, and the one that we recommend is called Y.T. Lighting Puchong Sdn Bhd.

Should you need to contact them directly, here are the details:

Y.T. Lighting Puchong Sdn Bhd
7 G, Jalan Bandar Tiga,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: 03 5882 3699

If you need more choices, you can cruise around Pusat Bandar Puchong, nearby Jalan Bandar Tiga, where there are numerous other lighting stores around.

Here’s a map showing the location on where you should cruise around to hunt for the lighting shops:

Tip: Cruise within the red box. Another good way to find lighting shops within this area without having to drive there first is by looking around the area on Google Street View


3. Other Notable Lighting Outlets:

IKEA
Outlet details:
http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_MY/ikny_splash.html

Seng Hup Lighting
Outlet Details:
http://www.senghup.com.my/contactus.html

Tong Ging Lighting Ateliers
Outlet details:
http://tongging.com.my/contact.asp

Tsen Lighting
Outlet details:
http://www.tsen.com.my/home/contact/

Viva Homes
Viva Home Shopping Mall,
No.85, 2-01, 2-03B / 2nd Floor,
Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

Wong Lighting
Outlet details:
http://wonglighting.com.my/contact-wong-lighting-and-outdoor-led-lighting-supplier/

Rainbow Lighting
G37 Jln Puteri 4/6,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: +6012 659 2636, +6017 277 1338, +6012 659 2636

Top Ten Lighting
No.1 Jalan Bandar 3,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: +603 5882 4606, +6016 228 4676

Houses Lightings
29-31-33-35, Jalan Bpu 6,
Bandar Puchong Utama,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: +603 5882 3790, +6012 266 3790

Philips Lighting Malaysia - List of Distributors
https://www.facebook.com/PhilipsLightingMalaysia/app/137541772984354/

Mr.DIY
Outlet details:
https://www.mrdiy2u.com/new-location/


Professional Help and Consultancy

While lighting is important to beautify your home or office, an interior designer may just be the person to solve all your qualms when it comes to placement, colour and brightness of all lighting for your home or office.

Should you need to get in touch with these highly qualified professionals, PropSocial recommends Mr. Nick Tan from Pocket Square. He can be contactable at +010 430 2798 or nick@psq-design.com



What kind of lighting do you use at home? Would you switch to LED lights to save energy and electricity? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Read also:
- The Importance of Sunlight at Home and in the workplace
- 5 Best Renovations That Add value To Your Home

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LED lights also emit significantly less heat when compared to traditional lighting bulbs.

Those traditional bulbs can really warm up your home in no time!

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Great pictures of those areas that fits with the LED lightings. Indeed it saves you more on the pocket for long term in the electricity bill but the price of it is still more expensive in using LED bulb compares to Fluorescent light


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One important note for graphic designer... never put the LED light directly under your monitor screen as the color on your screen will tends to be slightly different with your actual output.

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@domng, yes LED lights are definitely not warmer than the normal lights. And energy saving. It's slightly more expensive but the savings it's more worth it at the end of the day. Most new developments, shopping malls and houses are already using LED lights.

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The odds of LED light being faulty, is much lower compared to the driver that is running the LED lights... so it is best to install LED lighting with separate replaceable drivers.


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I would normally use these type of LED bulb with my plaster ceiling, as nowadays the technology advances. Use to be if 1 led spoil the whole bulb not working, but nowadays they changed the CHIP and IC, if 1 small led is malfunction, the others will still function as normal. 

I seldom go for those whole LED down light, though it is much cheaper, but come to think about it, when you want to replace you have to take down the whole down light from the plaster ceiling and install a new unit... Replacing the bulb in the down light hole is much easier for my case :)


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nice design and great info about LED

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@Ronald. thanks for the information sharing. Do you have the wattage consumption for the LED bulbs shown in your photo?

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@domng Depending on what the Watt of the LED Bulb...

your formula to use would be 

___ watt / 1000 = ___ kW

and from that you need to use ___ kW x how many hours you use a month 

then multiply with the Electricity bill.

The beauty of LED Bulb is that each bulb have different Lumens 

the same 10w LED bulb might have different Lumens and the higher the Lumens is the brighter the light is. thus even though the energy consumption is the same, the brightness that you can get is totally different.

That is also why people choose LED bulbs / LED Down Light in the first place.

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@Ronald... in other words, you mean the power consumption rating of LED is not proportional to the Lumens they emit?

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Although LED is more expensive at the beginning, it is worth & can save lots of money in the long run. However, do take note to buy those reliable brand because if the bulb has lots of problem, you will still need to spend huge money to replace it over times.

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Nowadays, lots of brand are made in China... even those reputable brand... warranty and after sales should be better.

I myself using local LED lighting brand. Not sure Made in Malaysia or Assembled in Malaysia... :^)

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definitely using LED for my new home, looks nicer also.

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@Zara. Not to mention that LED lighting come in all sorts of designs and sizes which was not possible before. Hence we are able to fit in spaces which was not imaginable using traditional lighting. 

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but some of the old design stock is getting lesser, flame need to change also

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imagine the electricity bill of the a showroom selling all LED lightning vs a showroom selling all traditional lightning... sure makes a lot of different and business sense to them.

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Saves more $$ in the long term, Why not..

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good article, good info. and now everyone can be home deco expert !!

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Sooner than you think... i believe LiFi technology will be integrated into LED lights in the near future... By then it not only will light up your home, it provides internet connectivity as well.

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the developer must take note on this new things & enhancement. all new property comes with this new enhancement will be added values 

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@Izwan... with premium pricing on the property... everything is possible. Even not all properties are UNIFI ready nowadays.

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This is quite informative. I don't think LED lights are very much more expensive, I think just slightly, but it's worth it as it is energy saving. Most of the shopping malls and new properties are already using LED lights.

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@kate_chew  Agree with you on the slightly expensive price.

I believe LED lighting and its driver should be separate and replaceable independently. Typically the LED have longer lifespan than the driver, which is easier replaced when the driver is faulty.

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Philips still offers the cheapest LED light bulbs. Anyone know of any cheaper brand?

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Philips i think still engages OEM to manufacture their LED lights... all LED brand same source for the components

I using Aletko, Made In Malaysia

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@domng what is driver? its the platform where the bulb sits on is it?

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@Zara_Yeow 

If i not mistaken, based on my technical knowledge.Basically an LED light driver is equivalent to a starter+ballast in traditional lighting...


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Is it quite common for households to use LED lights now? Or mostly commercials? 

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@domng 

All "made in Malaysia" LED bulbs are only printing packing box, printing label on bulb or final screw job assembly here...

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I m 16yrs in LED lighting industry/market included 5yrs in branded lighting company APAC working experience...any LED question, can contact me thru email mba9810@yahoo.com (free consultant but not always free to reply the nonsense question ya.)

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sure our members here wont simply disturb u :)

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@mba9810 

Thanks for sharing your experience here. Really learnt a lot of facts here. No such thing as non sense question, we all still noobs. Haha. 

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Ng Kh @mba9810, are you a supplier for LED? If yes, do you supply household or only commercial projects?