LED lighting has been growing by leaps and bounds, just as I had hoped it would. I feel so proud, like a mama who is able to report "I know they had a lot of potential, just look!!!" Well take a look at this gorgeous new fixture series from Boyd! It is designed for LED lamps, and individual pendants can be combined on one ceiling plate into a larger clustered fixture. As an added benefit, Boyd is a San Francisco company, so if I specify these fixtures I am supporting the local economy.
Additionally Cree lighting has come up with a nice lamp that has a color rendering index of 92 with a light color of 2700 Kelvin!
I know it is a little geeky for me to get excited about a CRI number, but for years the reason given by many for not using efficient lighting was that they didn't like the color quality. (But I guess they were ok with wasting energy and contributing to global warming.) Actually, to be absolutely honest, I had the same complaints and have spent far too many nights reading novels by the faintly greenish, or bright blue white light of various high efficacy lamps I had purchased to test in my own home.
The new Cree recessed cans deliver in the range of 50-60 lumens per watt, which qualify them to be considered Hi efficacy under CA energy code. They also avoid the primary problem of fluorescent lamps (bulbs) because they do not contain mercury. And they do this with great light color and superior color rendering, better actually than a typical incandescent bulb. Now that is living up to your potential!