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How To Choose LED Lighting For Your Home

LED lighting has become the in-thing for the past couple of years and they have featured in virtually everything from flashlights to headlights in some of the best brands in the automotive industries. To begin with, the term LED is an acronym that stands for Light Emitting Diode which comprises of a semiconductor that is able to emit light when current passes through it. This revolutionary form of light has come with a variety of advantages which are among the primary reasons that have led to its surge in popularity. Among these is the fact that LED lights consume up to 90% less power as compared to their incandescent counterpart. They are also very diverse in design and function and hence you have to make sure that if you are going to use these in your home you have to make sure you make the right pick. Here are a number of aspects that you should consider before buying LED lighting for your home.

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· Quality.

The first thing that you have to consider with LED lighting as with any other product is he quality. While most of the LED bulbs are able to last 10,000s of hours, you have to make sure that you have the proper quality for your home. This is with regards to the quality of lighting that the bulb can produce as well as its lifespan. It is possible to get a bulb that is worth as little as $3 but if possible, you might benefit more from investing more. This will be able to give your home a better finish, better quality and above all better value for your money.

· Color temperature.

Unlike the incandescent and halogen bulbs that are able to produce a warm white light generally. However LED lights offer a variety of colors that are able to emanate different temperatures. The reason as to why this might be a factor worth considering is solely because, if you are looking to maintain the ambience of a certain room in your home, the best way to go about it is to have the right lighting with the right temperature. The color temperature of LEDs is compared to the color temperature produced by a halogen tube meaning a daylight colored would be more of a warm color.

· Efficiency.

Even though the claims of different manufacturers will vary wildly, they are usually misleading. To be able to ensure that you have the right efficiency, you should compare the efficiency in lumen per watt. This translates to how much light you get for each watt of electricity that the bulb uses. The efficiency ratings vary from as little as 20 lumens per watt to as much as 60 lumens per watt. The choice is yours. The higher the value the more efficient the bulb is and hence the less impact it has on your electricity bill.

· Rated life.

LEDs score highly when it comes to how long they are able to survive while still under operation. This can range anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours which is around 20 to 50 times more compared to the incandescent bulb. While you have the luxury of going for the highest possible rated life value, it is important to consider the part of the house where the bulb will be placed. For difficult to maintain places and areas that require a long lasting bulb, the higher the value the better. However, if it is not necessary, it would save you some money to go for a bulb that has a lower rated life rating.

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· Shape.

While the shape of the bulb might not really affect its lifespan or how well it is able to perform, one thing is for sure. It will look better if the shape blends in well with its surrounding. For instance, for the outdoors, the floods would do well while the A-line bulbs are ideal for room lighting and for placing on lamp stands. If you want to use the bulbs on decorative fixtures, then the LED candles would do well. The latter would also do well for application on wall sconces.

· Brightness.

There are certain areas in the home that will require sufficient lighting while others will require a much recessed mode of lighting. Areas like the kitchen and high traffic areas require there to be adequate lighting for proper vision whereas the bedside lamb or study table does not need to have that much of lighting. This is why you ought to consider the brightness of the LED lighting when you are purchasing them for your home.

· Base fixtures.

You need to make sure that you LED bulbs that you buy are able to fit the bases. Ideally, there are two types of bases that are related with the LED bulbs. The first are the pin bases which are identical to the ones that are used in halogen lighting. The other type of fixture us the screw in bases that include a number of variations like Candelabra, medium, miniature candelabra and intermediate. You need to make sure that the bulbs you buy match the shape and design of the fixtures. This is more so the case when the finishing has already been done or when you are a buying a replacement bulb.

· Function.

It might be very hard for you to go through all these aspects and ensure that the bulb meets every one of them. However, understanding the functions of the bulbs that you are looking to buy will make it much easier for you. If you would like say and LED bulb for your bathroom and study room, you will find them classified in most shops and if not, by simply telling an attendant the function of the bulb that you are looking to buy, they can be able to recommend a few that would work well for you.

· Price.

This is perhaps the greatest concern. This is because the prices of LED lighting vary widely and for a variety of factors. They can cost as little as $3 and as much as $50. There are a variety of factors that can determine the amount of money that you will spend on the bulb which can range from your budget to the kind of bulb that you want but it is important to make sure that you do not go too far off your budget restrictions.

In being able to understand how to buy the best LED lighting for your home, you can be able to enjoy the wide array of benefits which include improved safety, a plethora of different colors not to mention that you are also able to give the struggling environment a much needed boost since the bulbs are made from environmentally friendly materials.
 
 

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