LED light bulbs are energy efficient and provide a cost-effective lighting solution. They are able to produce a brightness level similar to other available products while using only a fraction of the energy. LED stands for light-emitting diode, and these bulbs can be used to fit any need, inside or outside, including in dimmable lamps or as replacements for other lights.
Why should you use LED lights?
LED light bulbs are known for being energy efficient, and their savings in energy use over the long lifetime of the bulb should result in saving money on your electricity bill. The various color varieties, straightforward brightness ratings of LEDs, and compatibility with most fixtures also allow for easy selection of the proper choice for any lighting need. LED bulbs also provide a safer lighting option as they do not contain mercury and emit a lower level of UV radiation.
What are lumens?
Regarding other standard bulbs, a higher wattage generally means a brighter light, but the number of watts truly only references the amount of power being used. However, LED light bulbs measure emitted light by the number of lumens. Lumens are a measurable unit of brightness, and each bulb is rated to produce a certain number of lumens. LEDs allow for a much more accurate way of gauging light intensity; they provide equivalent levels of illumination as other bulbs while utilizing around 20% or less electricity when compared to similar bulbs.
Do LED bulbs burn out?
Just as other light bulbs, LED bulbs do eventually burn out, but they have an extended lifetime. They provide bright light for between 25,000 and 35,000 hours, offering a prolonged longevity that is more than 25 times longer than that of incandescent bulbs.
Can LED light bulbs be used in any fixture?
LED bulbs can often be a used as a direct replacement for a different type of lightbulb, but there are certain situations and fixtures in which this is not the case.
- Dimmable Lights and Lamps: Dimmers are common on many lamps, and they work by reducing or increasing the amount of electricity fed to a light. While dimmers are compatible with standard bulbs, only some LED bulbs are usable, so it is important to ensure that you purchase a dimmable LED if needed. You can also purchase an LED-compatible dimmer along with the new light bulb to increase functionality.
- Certain Fixtures: LEDs produce a small amount of heat, but they do still get warm. The base disperses the heat into the surrounding air to keep it cool. To maintain the full lifetime of each bulb, it is important to make sure the light does not overheat. Some LED types are appropriate for covered or recessed spaces, but others are not, so be sure to select the light bulb necessary for your lighting needs.