Comparing the starters and the LED bulbs, LED bulbs put out the same amount of light using significantly less energy and last much longer than incandescent bulbs. It saves a lot of money in the long term on your electricity bill and it is great for the environment. Buying incandescent bulbs and buying the right LED bulb are two different things. Here are some of the things you should know before buying.
Lumen, not watts
When shopping for bulbs, you are obliged to look at the watts which will determine how bright the bulb will be. On the LED lights, the brightness is determined differently. On the contrary, the watt is a measurement of how the energy the bulb draws but not an indication of the brightness. For the LEDs, watts are not a great predictor of how the bulb will be but for the incandescent, there is a correlation between the brightness produced and the watts drawn. Lumen is the real measurements of the brightness provided by the light bulb.
Choosing the right color LED
LED comes in a range of colors but incandescent bulbs typically put out yellowish or warm hue. The LED bulbs are able to display a color range from purple to red, to a spectrum of yellows and whites. Warm white and soft white will produce a candle-like glow, yellow close to incandescent while the bulbs labeled as daylight or bright white will produce a whiter light which is closer to daylight.
No light fixtures should use LEDs
LED bulbs run cooler than incandescent lights. It doesn’t mean that they do not produce heat but after the heat, it is pulled away by a heat sink in the base of the bulb. After that, the heat is disposed to the air and the bulb stays cool, guaranteeing a longer useful life. Also, the bulb needs somewhere to dissipate heat. So if it is placed in an enclosed housing, the heat will not have somewhere to go but it has to be sent back to the bulb where it will sentence it to a painful and slow death.
To sum it all up, when buying bright LED bulbs, you really to make sure that is what you are buying. It might get confusing a little bit, but with this article, we hope things are clearer now.