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LED bulb buying guide

The benefits of LED lighting transcend all levels of socioeconomic status. Everyone from small houses in third-world countries to large commercial enterprises is reaping the benefits of safely and efficiently lighting their spaces. If you haven’t switched to LED lighting, now is the time. To get you started, we have put together a quick guide on how to choose the best LED bulbs for your needs.

What to consider when choosing LED lighting?

1. Lumens not watts

You’re probably accustomed to looking for watts when shopping for incandescent bulbs, but watts are no good when buying LED lighting. Contrary to popular belief, wattage measures how much energy the bulbs draw, not the brightness produced. Therefore, because LED bulbs are designed to be as efficient as possible, wattage is not an appropriate method to determine brightness. Lumen [lm] is the most accurate measurement of the brightness provided by a lightbulb, and this is what you should look for when buying LED bulbs.

2. LED Colour

LED bulbs come in a range of colours. They have an impressive colour range from red to purple to a full spectrum of whites and yellows. The two most popular colours are soft or warm white and bright white. Soft or warm white bulbs produce a yellow candle-like glow, while bright white bulbs produce a whiter light similar to daylight. If you want to get more technical, check the Kevin scale to determine a bulb’s colour temperature. The lower the number, the warmer the light; the higher the number, the bluer the light.

3. LED Dimmability

The amount of light in a room helps create the right ambience. If you want to create different moods across your home, consider investing in LED bulbs with dimming functions. Most LED bulbs are not compatible with traditional dimming switches because of their circuitry, so the best option is to buy dimmable LED bulbs once and for all.

4. Compatibility

Ensure you buy LED bulbs compatible with your existing light fittings/sockets. This will make the transition to LED lighting much cheaper.

To update your lighting to LED bulbs, get in touch with our team for a non-obligatory quote.

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