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Avoid these common pitfalls when upgrading to LED light

Avoid these common pitfalls when upgrading to LED light

By BizLED Bureau

Aug 23, 2017: LED lighting can save about 50% energy consumption or even more, as compared to their traditional counterparts like fluorescent lights. Hence, it is understandable why consumers want to shift to LED lights that can retrofit in the existing fluorescent or other traditional fixtures. However, consumers who are shifting to LED lighting, need to be aware of certain potential snags, which should be avoided when retrofitting LEDs. You should know exactly what is your requirements, before purchasing LED bulbs. Here’s some points you should keep in mind.

The color factor

Color is one of the main concerns when it comes to LED replacement. A number of buyers still fall into the trap of purchasing the wrong LED bulbs by simply opting for ‘warm white’ LEDs. Hence, you need to keep a clear eye on the LED bulb packaging box. Does it say color? If it doesn’t, then don’t buy it. You should go for those LEDs with color number 3000 K or lower. However, some suggest to go for 5500 K LED.

The brightness factor

Usually, an LED packaging box is full of numbers,which a common consumer fails to understand. Several LED suppliers play around with light output figures,make false claims in terms of light values.

A buyer, should therefore, make sure that light output is mentioned on the LED packaging box. For instance, the old 60W light bulb had a light output of 600 lumens (10 lumens per watt). If that’s what you’re looking for, make sure that an output of 600+ lumens is quoted on the box. However, experts suggest to go for 6 watt and 100 lumens per watt.

The light factor

LEDs are, in fact, made of electronic circuitry, consists of a metal casing at the bottom of the glass or plastic lamp, and a cap fixed at the bottom. This casing consists of all the electronics, and dissipates the heat generated LED. The lamp casing also stops a lot of the light from going backwards. So if you install the lamp on the wall, which points to the ceiling, then there will be very less light coming downwards, and the room will be dimly lit.

Therefore, a buyer has to know exactly what is his/her requirement.You should buy a bulb that has slumped over the metal casing. The slumping of the diffuser is the ideal one because it makes sure that more light goes backwards, and down where you exactly need light.

The dimming factor

Most consumers get confused when it comes to dimming LEDs. First and foremost, it should be clear that not all LED lamps can be dimmed, and every dimmable LED lamps cannot be dimmed by ‘ordinary’ dimmers.

LED manufacturers have actually failed to make dimmable lamps that are compatible with older dimmers because the two technologies are very different.

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 The ideal solution is to get rid of the old dimmers and invest in some good dimmable LED lamps. You can also talk to an expert before making such an investment.

The sparkle factor

Another concern is the sparkle factor. This is witnessed mainly with replacement candle lamps. The primary LED versions utilized opalised diffusers to distribute the light. And, now there are a number of manufacturers who produce LED candle lamps that resemble the original filament lamps and, some of the lamps are dimmable as well.

 

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