Factors to Consider When Buying an Energy-Saving Light Bulb
One of the fastest and most effective ways to reduce your energy consumption is to make the switch to energy saving light bulbs. Several counties have already phased out incandescent bulbs, expediting the adoption of newer and better alternatives like LED light bulbs. If you’ve no choice but to make the switch, what light bulb do you look for? Here are some factors to consider.
Wattage As with any other light bulb, you want to check an LED or CFL’s wattage rating. In the old days, the number of watts consumed by a light bulb was all you needed to know to figure out its brightness. This is no longer the case with efficient LED light bulbs, which use just a fraction of the watts consumed by older bulbs, but generate more light.
Lumens A lumen is the measure of a light source’s brightness. When buying new light bulbs, you want to aim for a product with the most lumens, but with the least watts used. If energy consumption is not an issue, go for the brightest light bulb for your needs (i.e. the bulb with the highest lumens rating).
Color Rendering Index Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a crucial factor if you’re particular with how an illuminated area looks under your light bulbs. This index is used to measure the precision of colors as seen when lit by a light source, with the general rule of thumb being: the higher the CRI, the more accurate the colors look. You can find all this information on the label of a light bulb, so be sure to check before making a purchase decision. For information on the light bulbs offered here at LiquidLEDs, call our customer support hotline.