LED Light Bulbs
About LED Light Bulbs
With the vast technology expansion in lighting over the past decade, many improvements have been made to Thomas Edison’s original idea. Straying away from the old incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs is a hard transition for any household. But with the innovation of more efficient, cost-effective and longer lasting LED light bulbs, the lighting transition in your home is made easy.
LED, also known as Light Emitting Diode utilizes a heat sink and a semiconductor chip to produce light. The technology of an LED light bulb has the potential of emitting 7,500 lumens of light while consuming only 100 watts. With a built-in heat sink, the bulbs also prevent themselves from degradation and overheating. This means that your LED light bulb has the same lighting capability it has from day 1, at day 1000. You’ll be able to obtain unsurpassed efficiency, extended product life, and high light output all in one single light bulb.
At Westside Wholesale, we believe in “Going Green.” LED light bulbs have the potential of saving millions of tons of waste per year caused by improper disposal of incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs. This reduces the amount of Carbon Dioxide emissions, and helps for the redevelopment of our o-zone layer. Furthermore, the LED technology allows for at least 50,000 hours of usage. Imagine having to replace your light bulbs once every 17 years!
Although Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs may last up to 10,000 hours of life, CFL light bulbs require longer start-up times, and can get very hot. The same can be said about halogen light bulbs, which can be a certain risk for fire hazards. Because of the hundreds of electrical components in a CFL light bulb, it is more likely that the CFL light bulb you have bought can underperform under promised standards and/or fail. Estimated failure rates from known magazine publishers, state that 2-13% of CFL light bulbs have had early failures. CFL light bulbs have also been known to cause cancer through constant exposure of the UV rays emitted from the light bulbs.
Halogen and Incandescent spectrums both produce high levels of mercury that are not safe when shattered or improperly disposed. These light bulbs produce heat, have the potential to shatter and are not environmentally safe. Incandescents have an average lifespan of 1500 hours, which converts to changing out a light bulb every few months. Although the initial cost of purchasing incandescent light bulbs may seem more tempting, the cost span over many years is much greater than that of LED light bulbs.
Light Efficient Design LED Light Bulb, Low Bay Utility, E26 Medium Base, 120V-277V, 52W (200W Equivalent) - 5700K - 3200 Lumens
How to Select
How to select LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs are, perhaps, the most efficient and long-lasting type of lighting that exists today. Equipping your home applications and lighting fixtures with LED bulbs will help you save significant amount of money and help you create the perfect lighting ambiance for every room in your home. Before you select an LED bulb, you need to consider some important details—the details mentioned below.
The most important detail of any LED bulb is its power range—or its brightness. The brighter the light is, the more energy it will consume. Despite the fact that LED lights are almost 5 times more efficient than conventional bulbs, calculating the operating cost of new light fixtures isn’t a bad idea. The capacity of an LED bulb is measured in lumens per watt and shows the amount of light that such bulb can offer. To select the most efficient options, look for a greater lumens-to-watts ratio that is indicated on the bulb’s package or description.
The shape of a light bulb is the next factor to consider. It all depends on your personal preferences and the purpose of the lighting fixture. The most common shape on the market today are presented with A-line, candle, spotlight and flood bulbs. Each type has benefits and suits certain locations and installations. For example, a-line LED bulb is installed in devices that light the rooms, living areas and hallways while spotlights are used to create an unusual backlight for buildings, interior elements or landscape fixtures.
The color temperature of a LED light bulb is also a very important detail that requires your attention. The warmer such temperature is the more comfortable and suiting atmosphere it helps create in a room. To know the shade of white light that a LED bulb offers, Kelvin temperature rating exists. This rating shows how bright the shade of white in a certain light bulb is. LED bulbs with higher K rating offer brighter light.
Now that you know all of the important factors of an LED light bulb and can select a perfect option for your particular applications, there is one last thing should be considered—configuration. You can either select a light bulb that has a pin base or the one that is mounted with a screwdriver and couple of brackets. This last detail only depends on the mounting location and your preferences and does not affect the bulb’s performance in any way.