Learning the basics
LED lights can offer up to 90% energy savings compared to traditional halogen or incandescent bulbs, they also have a tremendously superior life span – lasting 10,000s of hours compared to a traditional bulb which may last only 1,000 hours - there are many benefits of LED lighting, and arguably no comparable weaknesses to older outdated lamp technology.
Find out what fitting you need!
While it would be nice for all light bulb fittings to be the same, that simply isn't the case. On Innovation LEDs front page you will find a variety of different fittings with images of real bulbs to give you an accurate representation of what base your older halogen / incandescent or CFL / Florescent Lamp is categorized as. Most LED Bulbs are designed to be retrofit meaning in most cases you just need to be concerned with the fitting type and wattage replacement / equivalent of the bulb.
- Classic Globes (GLS) usually come in B22 (Large Bayonet Cap), or E27 (Large Screw Cap) fittings.
- Mini globes and Candle Lamps additionally come in B15 (Small Bayonet Cap) and E14 (Small Screw Cap) bases.
- Spots / Spot Lights usually come in either a GU10 or MR11 / GU4 (12v) fitting.
- Integrated Down lights / Recessed Ceiling Lighting are essentially Spotlights with built-in fittings.
Determine what LED wattage you need!
You may have (or hopefully may not have) noticed that touching a traditional incandescent bulb will burn you if left on for just a few minutes. LED Lighting wastes a lot less energy through heat compared to halogen / incandescent lighting while being able to output the same brightness (also referred to as 'Lumens'), so not only is it much less likely to burn you, but is also less of a fire hazard compared to older lamps.
Say you have a 60W halogen bulb, in terms of LED lighting - you will be looking for roughly an 8w-12w LED Bulb to replace it. Innovation LEDs understand that this could leave first time buyers confused when visiting other LED shops online or locally, so we've added a little something to help you make the correct choice when buying from our store.
Take this Award Winning 8.2w B22 Classic / Standard Globe (GLS), this is an example of how we display LED bulbs on our store. In the top left of the image you will see a green triangle informing you that this 8.2w LED Bulb has an equivalent wattage to that of a 60w Halogen bulb.
Because of the fact that LEDs consume power more efficiently on lighting as opposed to losing the majority of its electrical energy in the form of thermal waste, there's a huge difference in the wattage required to generate the same brightness / Lumens when comparing incandescent and LED lighting together.
This is why you should look at the 'Lumens' value in the technical specification area of the LED lamp you are buying in order to get an accurate measurement of a bulbs brightness. Sometimes you want an LED bulb with a lower lumen count rather than a higher very bright one, such as in the case of trying to achieve a cozy warm white effect - so you should also take this into account when deciding what environment you intend to place your lighting, brighter isn't always better.
Warm or Cool? Choose your lighting colour!
While the colour of lights may not necessarily be essential to your fittings and lighting functionality, the wrong effect may potentially be achieved in an environment which clashes with the lighting colour you have selected, is often likely to give you less desirable results than if you had chosen a more suiting lamp colour. An LED Spotlight Bulb with a lower Lumen count in a Warm White colour may not be ideal in a retailing scenario where brighter lights are essential for highlighting products of interest in a store - key to catching a potential customers attention.
In the same way having a bright White Light colour in a traditional living room space or bedroom, will corrupt the conventional cozy look you were trying to go for in your home. For a detailed explanation of common kelvin values for lighting colours visit Innovation LEDs Education Area.