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LED Lighting Buying Guide

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Are you considering replacing your incandescent bulbs and lamps for LED light? Or are you confused about what LED lighting is and why it is becoming more popular? We are answering the most commonly asked questions about LED lighting to help you better understand this emerging trend. Use this LED light guide to learn more and decide if upgrading to LED is right for you.

 

 

WHAT IS LED? WHAT DOES LED STAND FOR?

 

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which refers to the use of a semiconductor (as opposed to a filament found in incandescent bulbs) to produce light. The semiconductor is how LED lights work, and the light is produced from the constant movement of electrons in the semi conductor material. LED bulbs and fixtures are becoming increasingly popular because of their long life span and energy efficient features.  

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING?

 

The number one benefit of using LED lighting is efficiency. LED lights use at least 75% less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs, so they are better for the environment and your wallet. While the upfront cost of LED bulbs or fixtures is higher, upgrading to LED bulbs can save you money in the long run because of their low energy use and long life span. Unlike conventional bulbs that use most of their energy as heat, LED lights remain cool and don’t waste energy. 

In short, here is quick list of the benefits of LED light:

  •  • More energy efficient and more environmentally friendly
  •  • Save up to 80% per year in energy costs
  •  • Longevity – can last up to 50,000 hours, or 20+ years
  •  • Less time spent changing and replacing bulbs
  •  • Variety of color options available

 

HOW LONG DO LED LIGHTS LAST?


Generally, LEDs promise an average lifespan of anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours, which
translates to 10 to 30 years of residential use. This is about 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW BRIGHT MY LED LIGHT WILL BE?

 

Brightness is measured in lumens. More lumens equals more light.  It is also important to understand the color temperature and CRI, or color rendering index. Color temperature is measured in kelvins and determines the warmth or coolness of light. A color temperature of 2700K produces a warmer light, while 3500K produces a cooler, white light. Light sources with a higher CRI make colors appear more crisp and clear.

 

WHERE CAN I USE LED LIGHT BULBS AND FIXTURES?

 

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Integral LED modules make them extremely versatile for today’s use. LEDs are used in
decorative fixtures, recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, outdoor and landscape
lighting and more. LED light bars are perfect for under cabinet lighting, and tape lights are great for light coves and other hard to reach places. Not only will you save money in energy costs, but also time by removing the hassle of changing bulbs every few months.

 

ARE LED LIGHTS DIMMABLE?

 

Generally speaking, yes, LED lights have dimming capabilities. However, it is always best to follow the manufacturer’s suggestion and refer to their list of compatible dimmers. Keep in mind that LED light dims a bit differently than standard incandescent light. LEDs will dim the brightness, or the lumen output, while incandescent dimmers turn the light darker and warmer while dimmed.

 

Ask us anything about LED lighting. Comment below with your question or email us at help@lamps.com.

 

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