5 Things To Know Before You Buy LED Light Bulbs For Your Home

1. They cannot replace all the lights in your house

LED Light bulbs give off directional light. They are poor replacements for bulbs used for lighting large areas – usually called general lighting. They’re better for replacing spot and flood lights used in track lighting, accent lighting, recessed lighting and outdoor security.

2. They give off blue light

Most people think that LED bulbs give off a bluish tint, described as a sci-fi creepy sort of light. This is sometimes true so watch out what color you are buying. The great thing about LED light bulbs is that they now come in different shades of white from warm to cold – but these will range from seller to seller.

The best way to tell the color of a light is to look for the rating in Kelvins (K), also known as the color temperature and find a guide that shows the colors of different temperatures. Searching for “color temperature” in Google should give you many results.

3. They do not take heat well

Heat will drastically reduce the life on an LED light bulb. Make sure your investment isn’t put to waste by letting your bulbs heat up too much, by keeping them away from heat sources.

4. They cannot be used with dimmers

All LED light bulbs currently being sold do not work with typical dimmers. You can find custom-built fixtures using LED’s that come with their own power supplies and dimmer controls. If you’re putting in a drop-in replacement LED light bulb, the dimmer you were using previously with your halogen or incandescent bulb will not work.

5. Lumens output is misleading and often exaggerated

In simple terms lumens is measured by taking a lumen measuring device and taking the average of the lumen rating all around a light source.

An LED light bulb might have the same lumen rating as say a 50W incandescent bulb, but it would only be bright at one spot and would light a room pretty poorly whereas the 50W incandescent would do quite well. Similiarly, it could also have a much lower rating than a 50W incandescent bulb yet put out a very strong spotlight.

A lot of seller’s exaggerate these ratings since there is no standard out right now for measuring the brightness of an LED bulb. The best way to really know what you’re getting is to look at how they compare it to an incandescent or halogen bulb. For example: “This bulb has equivalent light output to a 50W incandescent or 20W halogen.” If they include pictures then even better.

We’ve been in business for over a year selling LED light bulbs all over the US. We specialize in retro-fittable, drop-in replacements for current incandescent and halogen bulbs in all the most common shapes. We provide a superior LED equivalent for most of the common bulbs you’ll see being used at home, office or in a retail store.

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