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Factors to consider when choosing LED lights

Factors to consider when choosing LED lights

If you’ve shopped for light bulbs lately you must have noticed that most of them are LED (light-emitting diode). The old fashioned ones like incandescent have disappeared from the shelves and the popularity of CFL is waning by the day. The light quality and efficiency of the LED bulbs is unmatched.  Again, these can last for over 20 years. But it may not be easy for you to tell which LED light is perfect for you.

Following are some of things you need to look out for in a LED bulb

  • The label

The first thing you want to look at keenly when buying a LED bulb is the label on the packaging. This is not always at the front; turn and look for the lighting facts label on the back or sides. Once you’ve got it, pay attention to two terms; brightness and appearance.

  • Choose your desired brightness

The wattage on the light bulb may not tell you its brightness. Therefore you have to look for the number of lumens on the lighting facts label. The wattage equivalents on the front of the package are only meant to lead you to the ballpark. For instance, replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb will require a 1,600 lumens LED.

  • Warm or cool light appearance

Light appearance on the facts label refers to the color temperature measured in Kelvin (K). For table lamps, a bulb of 2700 to 3000 K will guarantee warm light similar to the light from the incandescent lamps. For places like the workshop, you need a bulb that is about 5000k for natural day-like light.

  • For enclosed fixtures, get special bulbs

LED lights can last for long but that is if the heat they generate has a way to dissipate. If it can’t, the heat may destroy the electronics inside and that will lead to a failed bulb. If you’re buying a bulb for a fully enclosed feature, you need to verify that it is approved for use by reading the packaging.  Bulbs that are meant for closed fixtures have an efficient thermal design and the components used for manufacture can withstand high temperatures.

  • Ensure the dimmers and bulbs are compatible

Most of the LED bulbs are dimmable and old dimmer switches were used with incandescent bulbs and some not compatible with LED lights. Thus, if you’re not sure about the dimmer switch you need, try to find out from a reliable Electrical Wholesaler Sydney + LED Lights store.

  • Why LED light bulbs won’t work

What LED light should never be put in an oven – for this purpose, use the old-fashioned incandescence appliance bulbs. There is a lot of heat from an oven and this will kill the LED bulb. Most of the LED light bulbs are made for freezers and refrigerators and these you may not find in your local store. You have to search for them from a reliable online store. Check out for the LED light bulbs that are compatible with your garage door openers. If you’re not careful, you may get some that interfere with the garage door opener remote control and this may frustrate you. If you’re not sure, just use the incandescent bulbs.

  • Recessed lights option

There are several options for retrofitting your recessed light fixtures with LED. One of the things you can do is to swap the existing bulbs with LED ones. You can also try LED retrofit trim kit which retails at $12 to $55. With these kits, you don’t need separate bulbs. Look for a kit that will make your older recessed cans tight to prevent conditioned air from your home from getting into the attic.

There are different types of LED lights and each has specific wattage and specifications on its usage. Before you choose any, it is important that you verify Look for a reputable online Electrical Wholesaler Sydney + LED Lights store to avoid spending on something that may not work for you.