5 Things To Keep In Mind For Choosing The Right Money-Saving Led Bulbs

On April 10, 2018 by Preeti

If your incandescent bulb burns out, it would be a good time to switch over to the LED light. The LED light bulb offers an impressive lifespan of around 20 odd years, thus proving to be quite cost-effective. While choosing the right LED bulb, one needs to keep the following things in mind

  1. Consider Lumens And Not Watts

Lumens Comparison Chart Between LED and Incandescent Bulbs

The brightness of the light in case of incandescent bulbs was calculated based on the wattage. However, in case of LED lights, the wattage has nothing to do with the brightness. Contrary to the popular belief, wattage actually has nothing to do with the brightness of the light, but it indicates the power consumed by the bulb. Now, since more the power consumed, brighter was the light, the two parameters got associated. In case of LED lights, power consumption is low and hence wattage does not indicate the brightness of the light accurately. An example of this would be- an LED bulb with gives brightness equivalent to a 60 W incandescent consumes only 8-12 watts. Besides, there is no specific ratio between the wattage and the brightness in case of LED lights. Hence, a different form of measurement is used for calculating the brightness of LED bulbs and this is known as lumens. The following chart gives the comparison between the two types of bulbs in terms of their brightness-

  1. Choose The Right Coloured LED

Choose The Right Coloured LED
LED lights come in a range of colours as against the incandescent ones. One can choose an LED in multiple shades,which range from red to purple. And not just the bright colours, these lights also offer a spectrum of yellow and white coloured lights. The most popular colours in LED are soft white, bright white and warm white.

  1. Install LED Lights At Those Places Where Their Usage Is More:

Money-Saving Led Bulbs

The cost of LED light is more, but their operating cost is less. Hence, while buying, even if the cost of the bulb might pinch the pocket, you should go ahead and buy that as it will surely bring the power bill down. LED lights should be viewed more like a long term investment, where thanks to the lower rate of consumption, it pays back in terms of savings. And savings happen, not just in terms of reduced electricity bill, LED lights also have a longer life. Hence their replacement cycle is less which further adds to the saving.

  1. Choose The Right LED Bulbs If They Would Be Used With Dimmers:

LED Bulbs
Thanks to the complex circuitry, not all LEDs are compatible with the traditional dimming switches. Hence, if you want to use the dimmers, either replace the switch, or use an LED light which is compatible with the dimming switch. Traditional dimmers work by cutting off the electricity supply to the incandescent lights. However, the current supplied and the brightness has no co-relation for LEDs. Hence the traditional dimming circuits fail in case of LED lights.

  1. Choose The Right Fixture For LEDs:

Choose The Right Fixture For LEDs
LED bulbs do not dissipate as much heat as the incandescent ones. This happens because there is a heat sink placed at the bottom of the bulb. However, this in no way means that LED bulbs don’t generate heat. They do, as much as the incandescent ones do! However, this heat is pulled away by the sink. From there, it dissipates into the air, which directly translates to the bulb staying cooler for long. If the bulb does not find a way to dissipate this heat (due to enclosed fixture), the bulb would heat up, resulting in it dying earlier. Hence it is important to choose the right fixture in case of an LED.

These are the 5 things one should keep in mind while choosing an LED light bulb.

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