LED Light Globe Buying Guide
Author: FRILLER Date Posted:23 May 2017
If you're considering investing in LED lighting, or want to know more about what benefits it can bring, this basic buying guide is for you.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting has been around since the 1960s, but it's only in the past decade or two that its popularity has really begun to rise. Prior to the 21st century, most lamps were incandescent or halogen types. Although these can work well, they are relatively inefficient, using a considerable amount of energy.
LED lighting has the major advantage of being very energy-efficient, which is important not only for sustainability but also to keep fuel bills low!
Read on to discover the advantages of LED lighting, the type of products you can obtain and how to use them with your existing light fitting.
The advantages of LED lighting
In addition to being extremely economical to use, LED lighting also lends itself well to a wide range of special effects, which can completely transform your exterior lighting or the illumination in your home. Not only can you buy standard bulbs for your overhead fixtures, it's also possible to enjoy coloured lighting, sequenced lighting and many more engaging options.
LED light classification
The number of watts and the number of lumens for a bulb are both useful to know. Watts are the unit for energy and indicate how much power the bulb takes to run. Lumens relate to the amount of light that's produced. The most cost-effective LEDs are obviously those with the lowest wattage and the highest number of lumens. Most LED bulbs can be used with your existing fixtures, but in some cases, you may need to buy a converter.
B22, MR16 and E27 explained
You may have come across the terms "MR16, B22" or "E27" before, but what do they actually mean? They relate to different types of bulb bases or caps. The right cap is needed to ensure compatibility with your light fixing. For example, a B22 is a bayonet cap style ("push 'n' twist"), whereas an E27 (the Edison screw cap) is a screw-in bulb base. MR16 bases are normally push-fit - the sort of base you might find in a LED spotlight. In addition to checking watts and lumens, ensuring that you have the right sort of bulb for your fixing is vital. If the LED bulb you want has a different base to your fixing, you will need a converter.
Why use a converter?
Changing your fixtures to match your bulbs can be costly and inconvenient. Conversely, not being able to use the bulbs you want is frustrating. A converter provides an easy solution, providing an alternative fixing point for your bulb's base at the same time as being compatible with your existing fixture socket.
You can buy converters for most combinations:
The first number/letter combination in the converter description normally relates to the light fixture, the second to the bulb, so a B22 to MR16 converter would allow an MR16-based bulb to be installed in a B22 fixture).
The longevity, economy and brightness
LED lighting's economical energy saving super brightness, ensure that it's a good choice for a large number of households.
Provided you check for compatibility issues and also make sure that you check the number of lumens, not just watts (an old-fashioned 40-watt bulb is in no way comparable with a 40-watt LED bulb - most LED bulbs would require only a tenth of that energy to produce sufficient light) your LED bulbs provide, you should be able to enjoy years of trouble-free lighting for a highly competitive price.