B22 LED Bulb
There is a much wider range of bulbs than people often realise. One of the vast options is the B22 LED bulb. The B22 differs from the E27 in a few ways. The B sockets are usually light bulb bayonet mounts. And the B22 LED or the BA22 has a 22-millimetre diameter. The B22 LED bulb features 2 ‘mount’s on either side of the bulb and is often referred to as a ‘standard’ bayonet fitting.
B22 LED bulbs and B22 are identical in terms of the fitting. One of the most common mistakes people make when buying a bulb is confusing a B15 and a B22, but the B15 bulb is a smaller and much less common fitting.
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What is the difference between a B22 bulb and a B22 LED Bulb?
The biggest, and most noticeable difference between a standard B22 bulb and a LED B22 is how energy efficient a B22 LED bulb is, and the savings you will see on your energy bills. LED bulbs are also known for having a much longer lifespan too.
In fact, it is estimated that you can reduce your energy consumption by 90%, which is not a small amount if you consider that lighting is often the second-highest energy consumer in the home.
What colour temperatures do B22 LED bulbs come in?
When it comes to the colour temperature of your bulb, it will come down to a measurement called Kelvins. In general, the lower the Kelvin, the warmer the tone of the bulb, and the higher the Kelvin, the lighter and whiter bulb will be.
It is often advised that rooms that you want to have as calming and comfortable are fitted with a lower Kelvin and a warmer tone. You’ll often find that in hotels and restaurants the bulbs are one of the most significant parts of setting the ambience.
When it comes to brighter, cooler light, it is the type you are likely to see in an office space or a room where productivity is typical. In the home, this would likely be the kitchen.
B22 to B22 LED?
When you are swapping from a standard B22 bulb to a B22 LED, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. Rather than have to consider the wattage as an indicator of the brightness, you instead need to focus on the lumen.
As an example, when you have a 4.5w B22 LED bulb which utilises 350 lumens, it is comparable to a 50w halogen B22 bulb.
The critical difference here, however, is that while the light production is comparable, the B22 LED bulb will consume a tenth or less of the energy and will last between 4-15 years.
The beam angle is the width of the beam that you can expect from your bulb. It is measured in degrees. The wider the beam angle, the more space the light will cover. In general, you will use a wider beam for bigger living spaces.
Switching from standard B22 bulbs to a B22 LED bulb will save you money on your energy bills, provide plenty of light and last longer - an excellent investment.