You can start lowering your energy bills while enjoying longer-lasting light bulbs in your home by choosing LED Bulbs. Switching to LED is also a good first step towards saving the environment and minimising your carbon footprint. There are certain things you must consider to make sure that you are buying the right LED products in the right lumens for your intended application. LED bulbs can be used virtually anywhere in the home, including bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms, hallways, and bathrooms. Here are four things you must consider when choosing LED bulbs:
1. Check the lumens, not the wattage – Ignore everything you know about regular incandescent bulbs, including the wattage. The brightness of an LED bulb is measured in lumens, not watts. Wattage is the indicator of how much energy a bulb can draw, and while it has a correlation with brightness, it is not a reliable indicator of how bright an LED bulb will be, since LED draws less energy. For instance, 8 to 12-watt LED bulbs have a brightness that is comparable to that of a 60-watt incandescent light. To make things easier for you, look for the lumen (lm) to determine the brightness of the bulb.
2. Colour – LED bulbs come in many different colours, including red and purple, and a spectrum of yellows and whites. For household use, you will want to consider a colour that is similar to what incandescent lights produce, like warm white, bright white, and soft white. Soft and warm whites often deliver a yellow hue, which is closest to incandescents. Bright whites emit a whiter light, like daylight. The light colour is measured in kelvins. The lower the number, the yellower (warmer) the light will be.
3. The application – LED bulbs are cooler than regular bulbs, but they still produce heat, which is drawn by the heat sink at their base. There, heat dissipates to keep the bulbs cool. However, this means LED bulbs are not ideally placed in an enclosed light fixture or housing that prevents heat from going anywhere. There are exceptions to this rule though like Fire-rated LED Downlights which have a built in ‘can’ on the back to let the heat dissipate in small areas. Hence, make sure there is enough area for the heat to escape from the bulb.
4. Dimmable – Some LEDs are incompatible with conventional dimming switches, so you might need to replace your current dimmer switch. However, there are some LED lights that are designed to work with conventional dimmable switches. Just make sure that you know the type of dimmer switch in your home.