Thursday, May 26, 2016

5 Things to Consider Before Investing In LED Light Bulbs

LED Headlights have caught up rage in four wheelers as well as two wheelers for being absolutely cool, bright and low energy consuming.  Using the same logic, LED lights have found place in homes and offices in a number of fixtures. Array of LED bulbs are available in the stores, shopping for these lights is somewhat different than the regular incandescent bulbs. It therefore demands some home work to get the right light at the right price, of the required brightness and also required colour. 

Here are 5 essential things which must be kept in mind before investing in these valuable lights.

1. Don't Ask For Watts

Lumens are the correct measurement indicator for LED Bulbs, unlike watts, which we are accustomed to. Being energy saving, the watts which are energy measurement indicators barely play any importance here. In comparison to incandescent bulbs which use 150 watts of energy to produce 2600 lumens of brightness, the LED'S use a miniscule 25-28 watts of energy. The brightness derived from the little diodes and circuits of the LED measured in Lumens are basic differentiators to compare the different LED Lights. Hence, when seeking an LED in a store, one must not ask for watts and look more wise and informed. Installing LED'S can definitely lower the light bills.

2. Look For The Best Colour And Shape Choices

The multiple colours available in LED bulbs give a huge range of choices. From dark hues like purple, red, there are popular LED versions which throw yellow and white hues like those of the ordinary incandescent bulbs. Hence, when looking for lighting homes, the warm whites closer to yellowish shade or bright whites closer to whiter shades can be the best choices. Certain jargons like Kelvin's must not boggle the shoppers of LED Lights. These are just measurements for the colour temperature usually common even in incandescent. A range of 2700-3500k is commonly suggestible for homes. 

Omni- directional lights instead of just one direction lights are the latest advancements in LED Light bulbs. Hence, look out for the attractive and utility based shapes accordingly.  

3. Don't Be Afraid Of Cost Concerns

The upfront cost of LED bulbs is definitely higher than incandescent bulbs. However, the energy efficient bulbs pay off over a long run with a longer shelf life, less heat and lower bills. The latest technology LED Lights can also be controlled with the help of Smartphone. The investment will be even more worthwhile when the plan is to change all the incandescent bulbs with these LED alternative bulbs.  

4. Check Out For Dimming Alternatives

Dimming options are warranted for further energy savings by many people. However, the LED Bulbs absolutely compatible with the traditional dimmer incandescent bulbs can be expensive. Changing the dimming switches to LED version instead can be an economical alternative. 

5. Don't Use In Enclosed Fixtures

Though popular for lower heat emission and remaining cool over the incandescent bulbs, the LED Lights can emit higher heat if used in enclosed fixtures leaving little scope for the heat to dissipate into the air from the heat sinks attached. The mechanism of remaining cool can be disturbed when used in this way. This can lead to reduction of the shelf life of the bulbs and they consequently can burn out quickly.