An LED Buying Guide for the Average Consumer
It’s no secret that LED lighting is finally attracting the attention of a consumer base that’s more conscious about energy consumption. If you’re considering buying LEDs to replace your home’s existing lights, below are some factors to know to make an informed decision.
Think of Colour The typical homeowner looking to retrofit LEDs into existing lighting fixtures at home usually has the simple goal of getting “normal” looking light. This means your LED light bulbs must match the desired look and feel of your home’s interior and atmosphere. If you’re replacing existing lights with LEDs, match your new bulbs with your existing ones’ colour and colour temperature. Most LED light bulbs will have information about their colour and colour temperature on the label. Colour temperature is the measure of how red (warm) or how blue (cool) a light source is; it comes 2700K to 3000K (Kelvin) for warm white, 4000k for cool white, and 6000K for daylight.
Brightness There are several LED light bulbs on the market touted as replacements for incandescent or halogen bulbs of specific wattage outputs. Unfortunately, many of these claims tend to be exaggerated, in an attempt to bring in uninformed consumers. Don’t look at wattage ratings, since they tell little about how bright a light bulb is. Instead, check the lumens rating of a device—the higher it is, the brighter. A good rule of thumb when choosing
Evaluate the Packaging A reputable LED Lighting maker will have relevant product details on the packaging of their products. Such information should include wattage, lumen output, colour temperature, colour rendering index (CRI), average rated lifespan (usually in hours), and more. These are just some of the factors to consider when purchasing LED light bulbs. For more tips and advice, contact the LiquidLEDs support team!