Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What You Need to Know About LED Light Bulbs

LED technology and its applications can be complex and also intimidating if you do not know exactly what you are looking for. Here are a few things you need to know before buying LED light bulbs.
What does LED stand for and what exactly is a LED light bulb?
LED is short for light-emitting diode. LED bulbs differ from traditional incandescent bulbs in the way they produce the light. While old fashioned incandescent light bulbs passed electricity through a filament, LEDs produce light through the use of a semi-conductor that emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80%.
How long can LED lights last?
- Approx. 50x's longer than a typical incandescent
- 20-25x's longer than a typical halogen
- 8-10x's longer than a typical CFL
- Average cost: $5 - $25
- Average wattage: 4W - 22W
- Average life expectancy: 20,000 - 50,000 hours

You could be saving on your electricity bill!

Yearly cost with traditional fluorescent

Estimated yearly cost with LEDs

Estimated yearly savings

Estimated 5-year savings

Where are LEDs used?
LED bulbs can be used almost anywhere. LED replacements are already available for bulb types such as A-shape, PAR reflectors, MR reflectors, decorative, under cabinet, and more.
Do LED light bulbs get hot?
LED bulbs do get hot but the heat is dissipated by metal heat sinks that wick away the heat from the light source itself. Keeping them cool with heat sinks or even liquid cooling, as Switch Lighting is doing, is important to ensuring they last as long as advertised.
Do LED light bulbs contain mercury?
LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Energy Department study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an edge over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
Color Temperature
The three primary types of color temperature for light bulbs are:
- Soft White (2,700K  3,000K) : appears yellowish white
- Bright White/Cool White (3,500K – 4,100K) : appears less yellow and more white
- Daylight (5,000K  6,500K) : appears bluish white

The higher the bulb's color temperature, the cooler its light. These bulbs are usually used to enhance concentration in offices.

How do I choose the best LED for every room in my house?
LED lighting for your bedroom
Most of us want a relaxing, calm room to sleep in. 

The suggested brightness level is 1,500 to 4,000 Lumens. 
The suggested color temperature is 2,700-3,000K.

LED lighting for your home office
When working in a home office we want the lights to be able to maximize our ability to be productive. Putting cool-white lights in the office that mimic daylight will increase serotonin production keeping you focused, alert, and energized. 

The suggested brightness level is 3,000-6,000 Lumens. 
The suggested color temperature is 3,000-5,000K.

LED lighting for your living room
We usually spend more time in our living room to entertain or guests, watching the game that's on television, or just talking with friends. 

The suggested brightness level is 1,500-3,000 Lumens. 
The suggested color temperature is 2,200-3,000K.

LED lighting for your dining room
When eating a meal with family or friends we do not want lighting to be overly bright and we certainly do not want it to be so dim that we are dozing off during someone's conversation. Soft to neutral tones are recommended. 

The suggested brightness level is 3,000-6,000 Lumens. 
The suggested color temperature is 2,200-3,000K.

LED lighting for your kitchen
Do not know about most of you, but I spend most of my time in the kitchen! Many of us start our mornings in the kitchen and a blue-light emitting bulb can help make you more alert for prepping for breakfast. If you have multiple light fixtures in your kitchen, warmer color LED light bulbs can create an ambiance to balance out the bright blue lights positioned over the kitchen counters. 

The suggested brightness level is 4,000-8,000 Lumens. 
The suggested color temperature is 2,700-5,000K.

LED lighting for your bathroom
Most of us get ready in the bathroom before our day starts and we tend to use the mirror. If you have lighting around your mirror, rather than on the ceiling, using bright lights will ensure you do not miss a spot shaving, styling your hair, or messing up your makeup. 

The suggested brightness level is 4,000-8,000 Lumens.
The suggested color temperature is 3,000-5,000K.

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