As suppliers of a wide range of LED lighting, we are well aware of the many advantages of switching to LEDs. It goes without saying that LED bulbs across the market vary in terms of their performance and their lifespan, so choosing a quality product is key. So, here are 5 things that you should consider when choosing LED lighting!
Comparing Brightness in Lumens
LED bulbs come in a range of varying degrees of brightness. Forget wattage, you need to start thinking in lumens. A 50w halogen spotlight can now be replaced with an equivalent 5w LED spotlight, therefore offering huge savings in energy. However, you need to make sure that the lumens are similar between the old bulb and the one you’ve replaced it with, otherwise you won’t get the same level of brightness or light intensity.
Colour Temperature of LED Bulbs
LED bulbs are available in a variety of different colours ranging from cool, bright light, to warmer tones. For example, cooler shades are more often used for offices and schools, whereas warmer tones may be more suitable for home use. The LED bulbs available from Nu-Light LED are available in a range of colour temperatures including warm white, natural white, and cool white.
LED Bulbs and Heat Dissipation
Although LED light bulbs don’t get anywhere near as hot as incandescent bulbs, they do in fact produce some heat. A good quality LED bulb will effectively dissipate heat, which is drawn away from the bulb by a heat sink often found in the bottom. This absorbs the heat produced, and then effectively dissipates it into the surrounding environment. If the heat sink doesn’t release this heat very well, it’s likely that the bulb will burn out, resulting in a short life span and the need to replace it.
Angle and Width of Light Beam
If you are swapping from halogen spotlights to LEDs, you need to consider the beam angle. Halogens typically provide a wider angled light than LEDs, so swapping for the equivalent LED may leave you with a very narrow beam of light. For a focussed beam of light suitable for high ceilings, choose a lower angle beam. If you need an even spread of light across the room or have a low ceiling, choose a wide angled LED.