Led Spots, Led Lighting, Led Bulbs This is a website about nature, led lighting, green enery! A Complete Guide when Buying LED Lampen for Your Home Energy efficiency is something that most people look for in any electronic appliance these days. Since renewable energy is still far from being a major power source in every household, more and more people are looking for energy savers to cut the costs from monthly electric bills. The use of LED lampen in households and business establishments is already becoming a "green" trend. This kind of lighting fixture is definitely the best substitute that produces better light but consumes lesser energy compared to the usual CFL (compact fluorescent light) and incandescent light.
The Light Emitting Diode (LED)
LEDs have been used for decades in many kinds of electronic devices. They are small, allowing you to insert it in an integrated circuit easily. They serve as signals that indicate a process happening in a particular device. Nowadays, these unsung heroes of the electronic world are already used in lighting fixtures. Since they consume less energy, using LED lampen in your house allows you to save monthly electric bill costs. Why do LEDs consume less energy? This is because they don't have filaments like incandescent bulbs do. When current flows, the filament heats up that causes illumination. The problem with filaments is that they heat up a lot, which is the reason for high energy loss and burnout (after hours of usage). LEDs only rely on the movement of electrons found in a semiconductor. How do LEDs produce light? When current flows in an LED, the electrons move in the semiconductor material. When this happens, photons are released. Photon is the basic unit of light released by an atom, which has energy and momentum, but without mass. When stacked together in an LED spots, LEDs can produce the amount of light coming from a standard fluorescent bulb. Kinds of LED Verlichting
LED lampen products are packaged in the market these days that will suit your lighting needs. Some can replace halogen lamps and others can fit fluorescent tubes. LED lamps are also equipped with different bases for fitting compatibility. If you are using an E27 socket in your household, it's very important to check the packaging of the LED spots you're about to purchase to avoid problems along the way.
• LED Spotlight This kind of LED lamp is great for vanity or track lighting. It's commonly used as a replacement for halogen lamps, bearing the standard MR16 base. MR stands for "multifaceted reflector" and the number corresponds to the distance of the two connecting pins to each other in millimeters. The GU10 is a similar bulb base used for spotlights, equipped with a rectangular base form. • LED Tube The LED tube is used as an energy-saving replacement for fluorescent tubes. Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED tubes only have one light-emitting side. It's very important to use compatible ballast for LED tubes. Never try to use different ballast as it may damage the LED tube. • Decorative LED Lampen Decorative lamps are used particularly for aesthetic purposes. Households, shopping malls, and even public establishments use this type of lighting fixture. This is available in many forms, colors, and quality, but all of them are great for saving energy while creating a more beautiful facade for people.
How to Find the Right LED Lampen
Buying LED verlichting can be very challenging with thousands of new products offered these days. Thus, it's very important to keep some things in mind to get something that will suit your lighting needs. For example, if you're planning to buy dimmable LED spots, using a standard switch won't make it work.
Here are some of the things that you must consider in buying LED lamps:
• Lumens CFLs are usually bought by the amount of power they consume and form factor. You can do this when buying LED lamps, but the first thing you need to know is the amount of lumens it can produce. Lumen is the standard measure of light emitted by a particular light source. The more lumens a bulb can emit the brighter light you will have when you use it. If you are currently using a 100-watt incandescent bulb, it will probably produce about 1,600 lumens of brightness. When buying LED spotlight as a replacement, make sure that it can also produce the same amount of brightness. The same goes when buying a replacement for a fluorescent bulb. Buy something that has the exact amount of lumens (or more). • Light Temperature Another factor to consider when buying LED verlichting is the light temperature. Perhaps you've noticed the difference of light coming from an incandescent bulb and fluorescent lamp - they both have different light temperatures. Incandescent bulbs have a warm color while fluorescent lamps have cooler light temperature. Around 6000K, the light source emits a blue color like an automotive headlight. For general lighting, get something with light temperature at around 4000K. LED bulbs with color around 2000K to 2700K are great for decorative lights. • Base Types Lastly, it's very important to get LED verlichting that suits the fitting in your household or business establishment. For halogen lamps, MR16 LED lamps are often used as replacements. For standard lighting, you can go for E27 LED bulbs - E stands for "Edison Screw", which is a screw-type with a diameter of 27 millimeters. Bigger base types are often used for outdoor lighting. If you're going to buy dimmable-type bulbs, make sure you have the suitable switch and transformer. You must know that LEDs work around direct current circuits. You will need a transformer to convert alternating current used in most residential and business establishments. Advantages of Using LED Lamps There are many advantages of using LED lampen aside from the fact that they are great energy-savers. One great advantage is the long life-span of LED lamps, which is three to four times longer than CFLs. As for dimmable LED lamps, they can save more energy and can operate for longer hours too. Here are the advantages of using LED lamps: • Lessens the risk of fire since they don't heat up like incandescent bulbs. • LED spots can operate more than 40,000 hours of average use. • They don't contain harmful substances that may contaminate the environment. This is great for business owners who are spending lots of money for waste disposal management. • LED lamps are durable. Unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, LED lamps are shock and vibration resistant. While there are lots of advantages with the use of LEDs for lighting fixtures, you have to understand that not all LED lighting products are the same. Of course, established manufacturers will always produce quality products while unheard ones might have produced questionable products. One thing to know whether an LED verlichting can deliver or not, is by looking at its product packaging. You might have seen some products sold in the department store lately with the label "EnergyStar" - this is what you have to find if you want to buy a quality LED lamp. EnergyStar is an international standard applied on all energy-efficient products sold in the market. This standard must be met by the product to bear the EnergyStar seal. Here are some of the requirements for an energy-saving lighting product. • It must consume at least 1/3 less energy than incandescent bulbs. • It must have a life-span of two to five times longer than fluorescent lamps. • It must produce very little heat. • It must be durable (it won't break like a light bulb). • It must emit brightness that's equal or greater than traditional lighting fixtures. • It must have a great color quality.
Saving Money or Spending More?
With the EnergyStar standards, LED bulbs bearing the seal will definitely have a great effect in your power consumption. Still, many people prefer fluorescent lighting fixtures because they are cheaper than LED lamps. Now, the question rises whether the use of LED lamps can save you money or just add up to your expenses. It's true that LED lamps are more expensive than CFLs, but that is about to change after a few months or years. This is because manufacturers are already pushing for the production of cheaper LED products with the same quality as of the earlier versions. If you're going to buy one now, it's best not to expect an immediate return-of-investment. Follow the guide in buying LED lampen. Make sure that you get more that your previous lighting fixtures can provide. If not, at least get something that allows you to save the most amount of energy without compromising your needs. If you don't know the workarounds in your household circuits, just hire a professional who knows how to install dimmer switches and transformers for LED spots properly.