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How Do I Pick The Right LED Lighting?

Picking the right LED light for your home can be difficult without some basic lighting knowledge. Here are a number of things to keep in mind. Applications

Not every LED is one size fits all. Many LED lights are made with specific purposes in mind and will not function properly if used incorrectly. LED PAR lamps, for instance, are best suited for recessed cans and would be horribly out of place in a table.

Lumens

A product’s lumen count determines how bright the light will be. The higher the lumen count the brighter the LED.

Beam Angle

For flood lights you should pick the beam angle that best suits your needs. Smaller beam angles (25 angles) are best used as spot lights while larger beam angles (45 degrees) can cover a great deal of floor space. Know your room’s needs to pick the best beam angle for your living areas.

Omni Directional

Omni-directional lights produce light in outward in all directions and make great table lamps. Due to the design of LED technology, most LED lamps are not omni-directional. Therefore, if you want light at all angles finding a truly omni-directional LED is crucial.

How Does An LED Light Work?

LED lights pass an electrical current through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources called LEDs and results in visible light.

What Are Lumens?

Lumens measure the total amount of visible light emitted by a source, indicating the brightness of a bulb.

Why Not Watts?

Watts measure energy consumption, not brightness. With energy-efficient LEDs, lumens are a better indicator of light output.

How Can I Find An LED That Produces Enough Light?

Check the lumens rating for brightness and compare it to the lumens of the bulbs you're replacing to find an LED with sufficient light output.

How Long Will My LED Lighting Last?

LED lights can last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, often around 25,000 to 50,000 hours.

How Does Color Temperature Affect LED Lighting?

Color temperature measures light color, ranging from warm yellow to cool blue; it affects mood and functional use of the light.

How Do I Clean Up A Broken CFL?

Ventilate the area, carefully sweep the pieces, and use sticky tape to pick up tiny shards or powder. Dispose of it properly.

How Can I Recycle CFLs?

Take them to a local recycling center or a retail store offering CFL recycling services.