Plan now to incorporate this technology in your home remodel

DENVER, CO — On the cusp of 2007, many homeowners are looking to capitalize upon their largest investment—their personal residence. A soft economy compounded with wariness over foreclosures (Colorado ranks second in the nation for foreclosures) has prompted increased numbers of homeowners to conclude that they’d rather re-invest in their existing homes than risk trading up for a change of address. And yet even homeowners who are staying put are refusing to give up all the bells and whistles that come with a new home. They’re opting to invest tens of thousands of dollars into their kitchens, bathrooms and basements—rooms that improve the bottom line value of a currently-owned home.

AllStar Electrical located in Denver, Colorado is at the forefront of innovation in the home improvement market working with a handful of select General Contractors who specialize in renovating kitchens, bathrooms and basements. AllStar Electrical is among the first full-service electrical contractors to bring home the brilliant new LED lighting options to the general public.

Until now, the choices available to consumers in residential lighting have been limited to incandescent (filament) lighting, halogen lighting and fluorescent lighting. Used in clocks, computers and television screens, and automobile lights for a number of years, LED (Light Emitting Diode) illuminates by the movement of electrons within a semi-conductive material, usually a hard casing reducing the breakage. And unlike traditional light bulbs, there is no filament to burn out and virtually no heat is emitted, netting an immediate savings in energy costs for the homeowner.

Also because of the cooler temperature and lower energy requirements, LED bulbs last significantly longer than standard light bulbs. On average an LED bulb lasts between 50,000 and 100,000 hours, or if left on continuously, between 6 and 12 years. This is more than six times longer than a compact fluorescent bulb and 12 to 25 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. The obvious advantages are that a consumer will buy fewer LED bulbs and spend less to operate an LED system than previous lighting systems.

Because LED bulbs can be focused to emit a direct beam of light for design purposes, i.e. highlighting a portrait, or a broad beam of light for general lighting purposes, it is more effective . This avoids the need to apply the external filters currently required to direct light in older lighting systems. Plus LED lighting can be used outdoors and indoors.

As with any emerging technology, the cost of entry is high at this point. Gary Stone, president of Allstar Electrical, compares LED lighting today to the wide screen plasma TVs when they first came on the market. “Not everyone could afford a $12,000 TV,” says Stone. Today, the same TV technology is one-third the price and actually a better quality product. “The same thing will happen with LED lighting.”

The trend we’re seeing with the LED lighting is even thought it’s here, it’s still developing technology. It’s like a breaking news story. You’ve probably heard stories about lights at City & County of Denver building, LED this year. Some of the lighting you see for homes right now. “LED lighting has been available for the past six to seven months, but the product is so new and so desirable that stores can’t even keep product on the shelf right now,” notes Stone.

The application of LED lighting in residential remodels will be enormous, says Stone. Can lighting in particular will be popular, Stone predicts because of both the energy savings and the fact that bulbs are replaced less frequently using LED bulbs. It used to be that the only option for recessed can lights were incandescent flood bulbs. Then came halogen bulbs and then compact fluorescent bulbs. Affordable LED lighting for under-cabinet lighting, indoor and outdoor decorative lighting and even security systems is right around the corner, says Stone. The net result will be that residences equipped with LED technology will appraise for more and resell for more when it does come time for an owner to make a move.

Be sure to watch our website www.allstarelectrical.com for breaking news on LED technology and applications for your home and residential remodels.

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