Key Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing An LED Light Bulb
Making the switch to LED light bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs is without a doubt a smart choice. LEDs are better for the environment, and also better on your purse strings in the long term. But how do you know which LEDs to choose?
Let’s take a look at the key questions you need to be asking yourself before investing.
How efficient is my chosen bulb?
There’s no denying that LEDs are energy efficient but depending on the product, this efficiency can vary.
To find out how efficient the bulb is you need to look at how many lumens per watt the bulb promises. Lumens per watt is the measurement of how much light will be produced per unit of electricity used. The more lumens produced for fewer watts used is the magic number you’re after.
To work out the efficiency, you divide the number of lumens by the number of watts. For example, a bulb that uses 40 watts to produce 500 lumens has an efficiency of 12.5. The higher the efficiency figure, the more efficient the bulb is.
But does an efficient bulb really matter? Yes. Not only are you doing your bit for the environment, you’re also saving a pretty penny on household or business electricity bills!
How long will the bulb last?
LEDs were built to last – they have a reputation for it. In fact, many can have a lifespan of 50,000 hours. Compare that number to an incandescent bulb and you’re looking at a bulb that lasts around 50 times longer.
Having a longer lasting bulb means you don’t have to keep popping to the shop to buy new ones – you can simply replace your existing bulbs and relax!
What colour bulb do I want?
LEDs come in a plethora of colours, suitable for different needs. If you are lighting your home, you will generally want to opt for shades that are reminiscent of the incandescent bulb – the yellow hue that creates a homely environment. This will be either a “warm white” or “soft white”.
However, if you are lighting an office, shop or other more public space you will want to opt for a “bright white” which is a closer hue to natural day light. More abstract colours also exist for more abstract needs!
How much should I be paying for an LED bulb?
It’s no secret that when you are browsing your local supermarket or wholesale supplier that the LED bulbs are the more expensive. But there’s good reason.
The bulbs will last much longer, so by paying a greater amount up front you will have a positive knock on effect with your long term spend and household or business bills.
Not convinced? Perhaps some figures will help.
If you were to replace 10 600-watt light bulbs in your home or business building with the 6-watt equivalent, you would cut the electricity output down to a tenth of what you were paying before. The bulbs are omitting less electricity, but producing the same or similar amount of light.
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