5 Brilliant Ways, Moving Forward with LED Light Bulbs
Now that you turned back time, are you moving forward with your lighting?
By 2020 there will be four billion U.S. light sockets converted to LED Light Bulbs. Doing away with lighting that’s inefficiently using energy in their homes and businesses.
Innovations in the LED industry promises to bring us more sophistication for lighting for homes and businesses. And consumers can brand themselves for less than five dollars a bulb.
Choosing LED replacement light bulbs for doing daily tasks, relaxing, watching movies enhancing your life every day.
Making it easy for smart consumers to implement LED light bulbs in their homes. LEDs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color temperatures. LED light bulbs are becoming unyielding in the lighting industry today.
Most LEDs are a direct drop in and considered a plug-in-play replacement for many applications. Offering consumers better choices when it comes to replacing CFLs (compact fluorescent light) or old traditional light bulbs.
The LED replacements include Candelabra, A19, PAR. Warm White, Soft White, or daylight. Wattage equivalents in the traditional A19, Fluorescent tubes, High-Pressure Sodium, Metal Halide, and Halogens.
Most traditional lamps are direct replacements. With exceptions to some replacements lights, fluorescent tubes, High-Pressure Sodium, Metal Halide, and Halogens. Fixtures you might have to rewire and by-pass the ballast.
Note – Some lighting manufacturers make direct replacements for fixtures containing ballasts.
Always refer to a certified electrician that is licensed and bonded to your particular application
Do you like saving money?
LED light bulb prices have dropped an average of 20% since 2012. In the years before 2012 LED light bulbs were considerably more expensive than incandescent light bulbs or CFLs.
Now LEDs are more in line with today’s consumer’s pocketbook. And LEDs will pay for themselves within months after purchasing. LED light bulbs are the consumer’s smart choice. LEDs are stylish, bright and intelligent.
LED light bulbs help you save energy, the environment, and are the easiest way to reduce your power bills and maintenance. Light emitting diodes are the perfect choice for illuminating your home or business.
Consumers continue to build their relationship with LEDs
LED light bulbs are smart and sophisticated. Giving the consumer options to stream music, change color, keep the beat to the music. Letting you create the lighting mood for your home for any occasion.
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Smart LED light bulbs can be turned on or off using most smart devices remotely or locally. Or programmed into a schedule to greet you when you get home or turned off when you go to bed. You can set a program to turn off and on when you are away. Can you imagine the possibilities?
LEDs can be programmed to do all of this without increasing your electric bill. The fact is your energy usage will decrease because LED light bulbs are more energy efficient, have a long-life and reduce maintenance cost. LEDS continue their pace to be more durable than many other light bulbs.
Do you love LED light bulbs yet?
Now you have some nuts and bolts concerning going green. There are a few things you need to keep in mind after you decide to invest in going green. It's not just about going shopping and comparing wattage to LED equivalent bulbs.
When you've invested in a replacement light bulb for your fixtures, you would've bought a lamp similar to the burned out bulb. Of course, adhering to the fixture warning label "Do Not Use More than a 60-watt maximum bulb".
But with LEDs, you can twist in a 60-watt LED equivalent replacement that uses only 9.5-watts. Or use a 100-watt LED that uses 17-watts.
Easily screwing the LED bulb (100-watt) into the socket and getting more lumination, not violating the safety warning tag and saving energy.
Or having to hire a licensed electrician to rewire your home or having to buy a new fixture.
Replace an incandescent light bulb that used a dimmer switch. The original dimmer switch might not be compatible with the LED dimmable light bulb you just purchased.
Older dimmer switches cause LED light bulbs to buzz or hum. You might have to invest in a LED compatible dimmer switch ($25). So be aware you might have to spend a little more money to complete your replacement bulb project.
LEDs have Long Life
Yes, LEDs promise years of long life, but buying cheap LEDs might not have a long life as you would like. The LED's driver is the key to a LEDs long life.
The diode is what makes the light, but a good quality driver is what gives the LED light bulb it's longevity.
LED light bulbs with built-in drivers rarely carry a five-year warranty. So if you want your LEDs to last for years then opt for a quality LED lamp or a LED trim kit.
How do you choose the best-LED replacement bulb? Pick up the package and compare the old burned out bulb with the LED packaging. Making a note of the Energy Star Badge on the box which assures you the quality of the LED light bulb.
Take into consideration the Kelvins (K) or color temperature of the new LED bulb. Kelvins is the color of light emitted from the LED light bulb. Kelvins can range from 2,700-6.500 Kelvins. Lumens (wattage equivalent) is how bright the LED light bulb is.
A 2,700- 3,000K is a warm white like the traditional incandescent light bulb. Great for general living spaces, giving off a relaxing slightly yellow glow.
LEDs with 3,200-4,500K (cool white) are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and work-spaces.
Choosing a replacement LEDs for outdoors, or security lighting uses 4,500-6,500K. Noting the LED light bulb specs. Can the LED be used in an enclosed fixture or a high humidity environment?
The last spec to consider is the CRI (color rendering index) factor. CRI index is another measure of color accuracy quality. In other words, how we see colors when the LED light bulb switched on. LEDs that have a CRI of 80+ makes the colors POP.
Not Exactly Sure What CRI is Yet?
Unwittingly you are exposed to CRI at least once or twice a week without even realizing it. By visiting every day familiar places. Like, art galleries, grocery stores, and hospitals all use CRI of 80 and hire.
CRI helps skin tone colors POP on masterpieces of art, vegetables, and meat products in a grocery displays look better to us. Hospitals use 80 + or hire CRI in surgical rooms to improve the lighting for health providers.
Today the informed consumer makes the best decisions. We read the reviews on the products we are interested. Gathering as much information concerning LED replacement bulbs from talking to friends and co-workers about their lighting. Comparing prices and make the purchase.
Interesting enough, the Dept. of Energy reports the primary reason consumers don't embrace LEDs is they lack information. Most consumers are confused when reading the packaging of a LED light bulb.
Comparing their old light bulbs to the new LEDs. Getting lost in the terminology, Kelvins, Lumens, CRI. Don't be that consumer!
After reading this article,
You've learned LED light bulbs save energy, are stylish, reduce maintenance cost, and are better for the environment.
You're ready to move forward and make brilliant choices for your LED lighting needs.
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