LED lights are an excellent choice for your home or office for a variety of reasons. For instance, they offer exceptional value for your money. Many people fail to realize this and other fundamental differences between LED lights and traditional ones. Others do not know what they should consider when buying these kinds of fixtures. Here is some comprehensive information on LED lights so you can make a wise decision with your project.
The Difference between LED Lights & Traditional Lights
LED is an abbreviation that stands for Light Emitting Diodes. A diode refers to an electrical device that allows current to move through it in a particular direction more quickly than it permits it to travel the other way. In this case, the diode emits lights as the current moves through it.
In contrast, traditional (incandescent) bulbs work by giving off light when an electric current moves through its filament. Tungsten is used to produce this filament and it becomes hot as it glows. The result is that LED bulbs are 25% to 80% more efficient than traditional bulbs because they don’t emit this heat. Additionally, they can outlive incandescent bulbs by three to twenty-five times. LED lights and fixtures are an ideal choice if you use solar power or a portable generator. That means you can use them successfully in remote areas.
Factors That You Should Consider When Purchasing LED Lights
The Level of Brightness
The lumens of an LED light and its wattage determine its level of brightness. Higher wattages and higher lumens equal a brighter light. In most cases LED lights range from 9W to 22W, but some go as high as 28W. LEDs usually have a range of 450 lumens to 1600 lumens. Interestingly, a 22W LED light has the same lumens as a 100W incandescent light. Bright LED lights are suitable for a dining room setting. Be careful not overdo it. Three thousand to six thousand lumens should be enough for this type of room.
The Color Temperature
Color Temperature refers to the appearance or characteristics of the light. For instance, is it warm white, white, or cool? The appearance can also be called moonlight, horizon daylight, or electronic flash. You can measure these characteristics by looking at its absolute temperature. For example, a 3000K LED light is a warm white while a 5000K LED light is horizon daylight. Choose a color temperature that fits your personality and the mood you want in the room. Low color temperatures are ideal for bedrooms and LED can lights give the best dispersion.
Dimmability and Angle
Other factors that ought to be considered when choosing an LED light include its dimmability and the beam angle. Dimmable LED lights cost a bit more than ordinary ones do, but they are ideal for entertainment settings.
The beam angle determines how the LED light spreads. The narrower it is, then the more concentrated the light will be. Choose an LED light with a broad beam to illuminate a larger space such as a living room.
Once you determine that LED lighting is a good option for your project, discussing your needs with an experienced specialist is important. Remember that LEDs are not equivalent to traditional lights so take this critical step to avoid mistakes.
Author bio – Gilbert Cabrales has been with CS LED since its inception in 2008, first as an employee and then as a valued partner. Gilbert has vast experience in both lighting and electrical work and has a unique method for collaborating with his clients. He doesn’t stop at the sale. Instead, he works to truly connect with his clients and remains a resource throughout the lifespan of each one of their lighting projects. From design to implementation and beyond, you can count on “Gil” to deliver LED expertise and true partnership capabilities.