Oh the choices! Suddenly LED lights are everywhere and unless you have stocked up on traditional incandescent light bulbs and have stacks of them piled up in your garage, you will have to eventually give in and switch over to LED lights!
What does LED stand for?
“Light Emitting Diode” But don’t worry about that. Everybody just calls it LED!
There are so many choices, the big box stores shelves are loaded with it, and it could become extremely overwhelming.
It’s important to know what to look for, since light could make or break the atmosphere you’re trying to create, influence your mood, especially if it’s too dark, or make you search frantically for your sunglasses!
It could also change the look of your paint colors! It’s called Illuminating Metamerism. You know how different the paint swatch look in the paint shop by the time you see it in your house? Same issue here.
So here’s what to know about LED light bulbs.
Yes, it’s true, they do save on energy – up to 85% less energy ! And even though they are still expensive, the price has gone down considerably over the last few years.
There are different COLORS of light. The number of KELVINS in a light determines the COLOR it gives off. Red, orange, yellow hues are considered warm and will come from a bulb with a rating of 2,700K.
6000K will result in a cold blue light, which haven’t been very popular since the CFL light bulbs have been introduced.
When it comes to the intensity of the light, note what it says about LUMENS on the package. Lumens simply describes the BRIGHTNESS of the bulb. Incandescent lights were described as Watt’s, (which actually referred to the amount of energy used, not the brightness) but when it comes do LED bulbs, we talk about Lumens. The HIGHER the Lumens, the BRIGHTER, the light.
This package says it all!
Most LED light bulbs can be DIMMED now. It used to be quite the issue, especially in areas where you wanted to create a softer atmosphere such as the dining room or your living room after a nice dinner, when everyone is enjoying that cup of coffee.
What I also LOVE about the new Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, is the fact that it says: “ Shows COLORS, True and Natural! “ My kinda light bulb! No more guessing!
The nice thing about the new LED bulbs, is that they come in all shapes and sizes. No more restrictions. No more excuses!
But WAIT! There’s more! (Okay, I couldn’t resist, I just had to say it ;-))
The newer versions of LED light bulbs does not take forever and a day to brighten up! Don’t you just hate those lights! And it looks cold, eerie, sterile.
Just read your packages before you buy it. And if it doesn’t say anything, ASK! Now you know what to ask for.
Have you changed over to LED’S Yet? What is your experience with them?
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