The LED Light Buyer’s Guide

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One thing my wife loves about me is that I’m a Do-It-Yourself person (some friends call me “all around guy”). I don’t know what satisfaction she’s getting from watching me fix things around the house. But, to be honest I’m a DIY guy because I just want to save money and there’s no other reason for that. Being a DIY guy isn’t always economical especially if you don’t fully understand the principles behind of how things work. So instead of saving money, you might end up spending more than the amount of what you intend to save in the first place.

One of the most misunderstood home improvements is replacing your regular CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) light bulbs to LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. We all know that switching to LED light bulbs could save us money and reduce the frequency of having to change often.

But be advised that not all LED lights are created equal. There are some technicalities that you need to be concerned of when choosing the right LED lights for your home or office. So before you head to the store, here are some things you need to consider when getting LED lights.

Choose lumens, not watts

Forget everything you know about incandescent bulbs. Because, when it comes to LED lights we speak of lumens not watts. When buying bulbs you’re probably accustomed of looking at watts as a deciding factor how bright the light will be. With LED lights it’s a little different when it comes to brightness.

Wattage isn’t actually an indicator for brightness, but a measurement of how much energy the light bulb uses. Lumens on the other hand is actually the unit used to measure brightness of light output. LED lights are more efficient because they can release the same amount of lumens as a 60watts incandescent bulb while LED bulb only consumes 13watts. So when purchasing LED lights choose the lumens or light output you want with the lower wattage. Here’s a chart to guide you in choosing the lumens you want.Comparison

Choose the right color temperature

Another factor that is mostly overlooked when choosing LED lights is the color temperature. LED lights are able to display a wide range of hues. The most common color are the warm white and bright white. Color temperature is measured in “kelvin”. The lower the number, the warmer the light and the higher the number, the cooler the light. The typical range for an incandescent bulb is somewhere 2500 and 3500K.


Every room in your home needs a different color temperature.

Bedrooms should display an atmosphere of relaxation, calmness and peace. So avoid blue lights waves and keep your color temperature within 2500 – 3000K.

Living room is a place of mixed occasions in order for us to accomodate whatever event we have, it is important to have a mix of light sources. A dimmer might just do the trick, but there are LED lights that have a 3-way color temperature. Our recommended color temperature is within 2200-3500K.

Dinning room on the other hand, needs to have a soft to neutral tones to create that perfect ambience. LED chandelier bulbs are perfect in creating that beautiful color light output. Dimmable overhead fixture is also recommended. We recommend a color temperature within 2200-3000K.

Kitchen room is an aspect of workspace. Many of us start our mornings in the kitchen, so those blue-light emitting bulbs over the counters will help make us alert and awake while prepping breakfast. We recommend a color temperature within 3000-5000K.

Bathroom is usually the next room we go to after waking up in the morning. So we want the lighting to come from somewhere near the mirror rather than on the ceiling. Using bright lights will make sure that we don’t miss an area during shaving or ruin our makeup. A range within 3000-5000K of color temperature is recommended.

Home Office Needs a cool-white light that will resemble daylight to increase serotonin production keeping you focused, alert, and energized. we certainly don’t want it to be warm white that we would end up dozing off. We recommend a range within 3000-5000K of color temperature will keep you active.

Choose LEDs that will last long.  

When purchasing LEDs don’t think of the amount you will be shelling out, think of it as an investment. For me one of the biggest benefits of using LED is that they last longer than any other lighting bulbs. One of the LED light bulb we’re using in our bathroom at home has been serving me for more than 5 years now since I first installed it. In every LED light packaging you’ll find a rating of the number of hours the LED is designed to last. Elitage LEDs are designed to last 50,000 burning hours and some even longer. If you do the math, assuming you’re using your LED light bulb 12 hours on a daily basis that would give you 11 years of service and 11 years you won’t need to replace it. The only downside I’m seeing from this is that it will lessen the times my wife would admire watching me while fixing things at home 🙂

LEDfactsAsk for Warranty.

If you’re new into LEDs my suggestion is to check the label and compare. First thing you need to ask is for the warranty, usually LED Light manufacturers and resellers offers a warranty of at least 3 years. My advice is to purchase a variety of the LEDs for you to try and see how you would like them. Be sure to keep your receipt, then return the ones you don’t and replace it with the ones you like to go with.

My opinion

Well as you can see in this article using LED really is the future of lighting technology, not just because they use less energy, but also they run much cooler but they are very safe to use and environment friendly. They may be pricey to at purchase but eventually LED light bulbs will pay off in the long run. So if you’re thinking of saving time, effort and money from energy savings, then give LED light bulbs a try. To view Elitage LED products click here.

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