It is tempting to install LED bulbs. These are the most economical to use. They last, last, last… 50,000 hours! Wow… It’s long… But it’s also complicated, to make the right choice, take into account a number of elements to which the good old incandescent light bulb to Edison, have not accustomed us.
The right bulb LED in the right place
Depending on where you install it, the choice of the form is important.
For a garage or workshop prefer strips LED. They can be tight (IP 65) and equipped with a motion detector. In fact, these strips advantageously replace the neon tubes.
To highlight a beautiful object or illuminate a work plan, a bar LED spots are really ideal.
However, for lighting general of a piece, if you opt for spots be vigilant about their location and their power. More traditional, LED ceiling lights or a slab LED can be a good compromise or an LED bulb lighting up to 360 °.
In the bathroom, try 12V and facilities in all cases where an IP 65.
If you plan the replacement of your old light bulbs with LED bulbs, remember to check the type of nerve. LED bulbs are available in all types of units.
The right light intensity of the LED bulb to see
Light intensity is measured in Lumen (lm). Higher over the bulb’s light. This indication is mandatory on the label of the bulbs.
If you are not yet familiar with the use of lumens and the Watt seem you more speaking, know that multiplying by 10 the power in Watts of an incandescent bulb you get roughly the number of lumens of the LED bulb. For example, a 60 W incandescent bulb gives about 600 lumens in equivalent LED. To replace it, you therefore choose an LED bulb delivering 600 lumens.
If you want to be able to vary the intensity, choose a dimmable bulb. This original anglo saxopnne term simply means that the bulb bears a dimmer.
The right angle of diffusion of the LED bulb for the right light
One of the characteristics of the light emitted by a LED bulb is to be almost one-way. Take into account the angle of diffusion which is written on the package to find the comfort of a 360 ° lighting as we have proposed for decades (the one that illuminated the kitchen formica from Grandma) incandescent bulbs. Conversely, you can use this feature to create a design basis of several carefully prepared B22 LED light bulbs for excellent indoor spotlights.
But you also have the option to choose an LED bulb giving a light on 360 °. The LEDS (from 50 to over 100) installed a little as the grains in an ear of corn spread in all directions. Their power can go up to the equivalent of 75 W.
The right color of LED bulb for the good atmosphere
With LED bulbs, you have many choices for color: red, green, blue, red, etc. You see, the mood you want to create.
For the choice of whites, it’s trickier. Between the cold white way room operation and hot white, very same hot, way candle in the middle ages, we need to find the right balance.
The color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K). White “Day-Light or daylight” oscillates between 4500 and 5500 k goes everywhere, it is neutral and gives a good color rendering. If you have the nostalgia of the old bulbs, move closer to the warm white (2200 to 3300 K). In a bedroom or living room, it is warm. For the kitchen or office, dare more cold white (beyond 5300 K)
LED bulbs keep getting better: better performance, better light. The choice of the forms and technique (classic LED, SMD or COB) also increase. Making the choice of an LED bulb, is therefore probably the right option for the future.
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