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So Many Lights To Choose From But Which One Shines The Brightest, A Guide To LEDs

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(24 August 2016) LEDs have been taken the lighting by storm not just due to their brightness and eco-friendliness, but due to their investment factor too. If your light has begun to burn out now is a good time to switch to LED lights. If you don’t know the benefits of LED then they have an impressive lifespan on average of about 20 years and are incredibly cost effective. Everyone should make a conscious effort to help the environment and switching to LEDs is just one simple way. There are many different varieties of LEDs nowadays and it is incredible choosing the right LED bulbs; in terms of best, brightest and most energy saving here is a guide to help.

Not Watts, But Lumens

Many are accustomed to looking out for watts when determined how bright a bulb will be. However when it comes to the brightness of LEDs it is monitored on a completely different scale. Wattage isn’t actually an indication to brightness either; it is a measurement of how much energy the bulb draws. For incandescent bulbs, there is an accepted correlation between the watts drawn and the brightness. For LEDs, watts aren’t a great predictor of how bright the bulb will be, as the point after all is that they ultimately draw less energy than their predecessors. The lumen is the real measurement of brightness provided by a light bulb, and is the number you should look out for when you are shopping for LED bulbs.

Color LEDs

LEDs are actually capable of displaying an impressive color range, from purple to red, to a spectrum of whites and yellows. When it comes to home lighting with LEDs many are most likely looking for something similar to the light that their old bulbs use to produce. The most ocular of LED lights are available in warm, soft and bright white depending on the overall atmosphere you wish to achieve. Warm white and soft white will produce a yellow hue which is prefect for a more traditional vibe, however if you want something slightly more modern then choose bright white.

LED Investment

When it comes to buying LED bulbs the most important aspect to realize is obvious you won’t save money but you should think of it as an investment. The LEDs will pay off especially as they have such a long life span. You will also enjoy less heat production, longer bulb life and even the option of controlling them with your phone. LEDs have a lifetime of up to 1,000 hours, which is the equivalent to more than 11 years.

Non-Dimmable LEDs

The majority of dimmers are designed to work with incandescent bulbs, through cutting off the amount of electricity sent to the bulb. If you want dimmable LEDs, of course it is possible; it is just knowing what to look out for, which is two things. The first, find LED bulbs compatible with traditional dimmers, or simply replace your current dimming switch with an LED-compatible dimmer.

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