Things You Have to Remember Before Buying LEDs
September 24, 2018 9:30:59 AM EDT
The Lighting facts label: Many people are dissatisfied with what they bought as they bought the wrong bulb. The complaints are that the colour quality and brightness of the new LED are not like their earlier incandescent bulb. Your new LED bulb will emit a colour and quality equivalent to your old incandescent bulb if you buy a bulb with matching CRI, colour temperature, and lumen rating. Only if the packaging says that the bulb is dimmable, it will be a dimmable light. If the packaging does not mention about the bulb being dimmable, you can assume that the bulb is not dimmable and should not be connected to a dimmer.
Pay attention to lumens not watts: The mistake people make is thinking a 60 watt LED is equal to a 60 watt incandescent bulb in terms of brightness and quality. If you want to choose the correct replacement for your incandescent bulb, you need to match the lumen value of your old incandescent bulb to the lumen value of a prospective new LED bulb. Please note that 25W equals 250 lumens. Brightness of lights is measured by lumens but the common belief is it is measured by watts.
Some LEDs emit directional light: Some LEDs emit directional light and you have to remember that before making a purchase. Many of the LED bulbs have light emitting diodes that shine only in one direction. This means the bulbs directs most of its lights towards the top of the bulb. When you purchase LEDs which emit directional light, you are automatically buying bulbs which emit most of the light on the ceiling with smalls amounts reflected down onto the table or other spaces in the room where you want it to emit. Omni directional lighting is becoming more common so that LED bulbs are more like your incandescent bulbs. Omni directional lighting emits lights around the bulb and distributes it evenly too. These bulbs are the right replacement that emits light all over the room rather than focusing it only on one area.
LEDs are aging bulbs: A fact that many may not know is that LED bulbs age differently. They don’t burn out but get dimmer. LEDs usually last for 25000 hours. When you buy a new LED bulb, understand that your bulb will keep getting dimmer as they reach the end of their rated life. The industry decided that 70 percent is where the decrease in brightness is excessive and the point is referred to as L70. L70 is the calculation of lumen depreciation of the LED after the bulb has lived through 70 percent of its life expectancy. L70 is measured by hours and is the degradation of the total light outputs i.e. lumens
Not all LEDs are of the same quality: LEDs have done a great job at replacing old incandescent bulbs. The main highlight is they use less electricity. Customers have to know many LEDs in the market are not of great quality. Many LEDs don’t live up to expectations and adhere to industry standards. Soraa, Cree, Green Creative, Kobi and TCP are all brands of great quality. These brands have good customer base and good reviews. It is important to research the brand and then settle for it.
LED bulbs are cost saving and energy saving. They are a great investment and will be a common product in many homes in the coming years. All you need to do is educate yourself about these bulbs and buy only what you are looking for.