LED or Light Emitting Diode bulb is increasingly brightening up the world, replacing traditional incandescent bulbs and CFL everywhere. The luminous lighting is popular in both commercial and residential buildings, indoors and outdoors. Unlike traditional bulb that is measured in watts, LED is measured in lumens. This means brighter the LED light, the higher the number of lumens. LED lights come in a large variety of colours and specifications. Here’s how to choose the right lighting for your space.
How are LED Lights a Brighter Choice?
Many Hues: LED lights are available in many colours temperatures and options. Colour temperatures are measured in Kelvin units. Lower the Kelvin unit (about 2,500 to 3,000 Kelvins), more yellow is the LED light, quite like the warm glow of sunrise. Higher Kelvins (6,500) emits a cool blue colour. In between the warm and cool hues, there are many different shades for you to choose from. Blue light can keep your body from producing melatonin and interrupt your sleep cycle, which is worth noting for LED light use at home.
Eco-Friendly: Tired of changing bulbs? Switch to LED lights. They are more energy efficient and last you years, saving you effort and money. Traditional bulbs tend to pop and die without warning. It’s no fun sitting in a dark room just when your child is in the middle of a homework assignment or when you have a project submission deadline to meet the next day and no spare bulbs around. With LED lights, there are no such concerns. The moment you switch over, you also reduce your carbon footprint.
Invest in High Quality LED: Just make sure you don’t compromise on quality. LED lights offered at “discount” rates may not match up to the performance level of a high-quality light. CFL lights usually last 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs. But on the flipside, the glass is fragile and explodes easily, filling your home with toxic mercury. On the contrary, LED is tough. The bulb is not easily damaged and has a very low chance of causing any kind of fire.
Higher Savings: A single high quality LED light can cost you more than a traditional light bulb but it will be equal to the power of 50 incandescents and will consume one-tenth the electricity. Now do you your math! Can see the amount you will save in the long run?
Bright LEDs cost more per lumen, but it is easy to recover your investment over the years. If you change all the light bulbs in your home to LED, your household may save well over a hundred dollars in electricity bills annually. The sooner you switch, the more you save.
How to Choose the Right LED Lumens For Your Home or Office?
Since higher wattage incandescent bulbs are brighter, we assume the same for LED, but that is not true. The components are constructed differently hence two LEDs with the same wattage can have different lumen outputs. Make sure you read the fine print before you buy.
LED is measured differently than traditional light bulbs, so the metrics are usually confusing to weigh out. Here is an idea of the conversions for your convenience:
Incandescent (Watt) LED (Lumens)
● 25 – Watt 250 – Lumens
● 60 – Watt 800 – Lumens
● 100 – Watt 1600 -Lumens
To choose the best LED light for your home, check out the warm and cool shades that could enhance the ambience of your home. Dim lights need not be depressing with LED. They are soft, cozy and relaxing. Natural yellow daylight is on one end of the spectrum; orange is warmer; a cool blue can appear bright and white can be as bright and luminous as moonlight.
Typically, warm lights are selected for a living room, dining room or bedroom. Brighter lights are suitable for the kitchen, bathroom and study areas. You can adjust the light with a dimmer switch as and when necessary. For an office environment, bright white is a general favourite to minimize visual strain or warm hues that simulate daylight.
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Whether it’s just a bulb or two, or your entire household, making the switch from incandescent lighting to LED bulbs is the smartest thing for your energy bills and the environment. LED bulbs are easy to install yourself, or if you have a bigger job in mind, electrical contractors like those at Xvan Electric Inc. are the way to go. With 30 years of experience in residential, commercial and industrial lighting, our experts know how to make the most out of the vast amount of LED products out there. If you’re interested in getting into the LED game, here are 14 tips to get you started.
- LED bulbs fit a variety of fixture types, and because they reduce heat output, being able to spread them throughout your house is incredibly energy efficient.
- Use bright white lighting for kitchens and bathrooms, while sticking to warmer yellow lighting for bedrooms and living spaces to create a cozier feeling.
- Almost any table lamp can accommodate an LED bulb.
- These bulbs come in a variety of colour temperatures, so they can accommodate whatever ambience you’re going for.
- The average lifespan of an LED bulb is 50,000 hours compared to an incandescent bulb 1,200 hours. This means you can’t go wrong with making the switch and saving money on your energy bills.
- Lamps used for reading should be cooler, slighter brighter and have the ability to be dimmed for optimal lighting that’s easy on the eyes.
- Use coloured or colour changing LED strips to illuminate walls and compartments. Placing them behind your television reduces glare.
- Adding battery powered lights inside packed drawers will make it easier for you to find hidden items.
- Using LED strips underneath kitchen cabinets provides decorative and functional lighting, especially if you’re just looking for a midnight snack.
- For great lighting in your bathroom, place sconces on either side of the vanity mirror, choosing LEDs that sit somewhere between 20 and 25w. If you have recessed lighting above your mirror, try to replace them with scones, as overhead lighting can cast unflattering shadows.
- For any desk lamp, make sure you’re using an LED bulb that’s at least 60w, accompanied by soft overhead lighting. Keep your office lighting no brighter than the brightness of your computer screen to prevent eye fatigue.
- Accent lighting should be dimmer than the lighting of the room. Make whatever features you’re trying to highlight pop by increasing your accent lights to three times the brightness of the rest of the room.
- To enhance the pops of colour throughout your bedroom, replace any dull yellow lighting with LED bulbs.
- For the exterior of your home, using LED floodlights will shed tons of light on larger areas, like the walkway and surrounding areas.
At Xvan Electric Inc. we’ve been helping our customers make good lighting decisions for years. Providing honest, fast and reliable service, we focus on lighting maintenance so you don’t have to. Our registered, licenced and insured electrical contractors service the entirety of Vancouver BC, including the Lower Mainlands. Coming from a background of construction and industrial plc work, there isn’t anything in the electrical field we can’t handle for you. Call us today and we guarantee a great experience for all.