LED Lights FAQ
What does LED stand for?
LED is short for Light-Emitting Diode
What Is the approximate life span of LED Bulbs?
LED products are known to be highly long-lasting. Many LEDs have a calculated life span of up to 50,000 hours. It is approximately 50x longer than your common Incandescent, 20-25x longer than an ordinary halogen, & 8-10x longer than a typical CFL. For example, when the LED is used up to 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last you more than a decade. Used 8 hours a day, it will last you 15+ years!
What Is the approximate life span of LED Strip Lights?
Kept in the ideal conditions, LED’s are known to run for 50,000 hours, which is a steady use of approximately 6 years. Used in spaces of your home like under cabinets or other home lighting installations, that life span can even extend further.
Where can LED bulbs be used?
LED lights can be used about anywhere you could think of. LED replacements are already currently available for bulb types like:
A-shapes, PAR reflectors, MR reflectors, decorative, undercabinet, & etc.
But when using on dimmers, particularly dimming systems that support multiple bulbs, be sure to test a few LEDs out for yourself first, to check compatibility.
Are dimmers compatible with LED’s?
They usually tend to be, yes. A large amount of LED products are specifically listed as being dimmable. Some dimming systems work with LEDs better than others. In that case, it will always be best to test 1 or 2 before completely replacing a space with LED lights.
What are the benefits of switching to LED lighting?
There are various benefit to switching to LED lighting, advantages such as:
LED’s do not emit any UV or infrared, uses much less electricity than your typical light bulb, contains no traces of mercury, produces very little heat, have extremely long-lasting lives, are super resistant to shock and vibrations, & will effectively operate in exceptionally cold environments.
Do LED’s contain hazardous or heavy metals, such as Mercury?
No, LED lights do not contain any amount of mercury or any other hazardous metals & chemicals. Only in the instance of CFL's and fluorescents, is when a very small amount of mercury appears, which requires correct disposal, so when your LED bulb eventually stops working, there will be no need worry about costly or elaborate disposal procedures.
What is the main difference between a $20 LED lights & $80 LED’s?
It's always best to buy from a manufacturer or retailer that you're confident will stand behind the product. LED lighting is very much like consumer electronics, & quality matters here. For your LED to operate properly and supply an acceptable light output, all other factors must be built to last.
How green do LED lights get?
Very much so. They tend to use much less electricity than a majority of lighting products. Therefore, meaning that less electricity has to be produced in order to operate them, resulting in lower emissions from power plants, especially in areas where coal-fired plants are more common, & unlike CFLs, they contain no mercury.
Due to their long lives, they reduce solid waste as well.
Are LED lights blue?
(Yes, the lights do tend to have a hint of blue tint to it, but the LED industry is constantly developing, and LED products are being made to meet our expectations for preferred home lighting as times goes on. The color of light made is measured on the Kelvin scale, where a lower number is equivalent to a warmer light—the higher the number, the whiter, & yes eventually bluer the light will be)
There are currently two main color temperatures that we are seeing produced. 2700 Kelvin is a warm light on par with a standard household bulb. 3000 Kelvin is slightly whiter but still warm tone, on par with a halogen bulb. Some brands go higher, offering 3500 and 4000 Kelvin options if you prefer an even whiter light
How can I choose high quality LED lights’ color?
In order to recognize good quality to bad, a Color Rendering Index (CRI) is generally used to measure light quality on a scale from 1-100. Most LEDs have a CRI rating of at least 80, and many more are 90+.
LED bulbs have grown in popularity recently, mainly due to their energy-efficient qualities and bright light production. In terms of CRI for LED, most LED lights produce a score of about 80 to 90 on the chart. The result is a brighter room, but with a much more natural, accurate output of light. Unlike fluorescent lighting which can create an unnatural look, LEDs are better suited to indoor environments. Aside from the color rendering index, the number of lumens output, or actual light produced, plays a role in the overall effectiveness of an LED bulb too.
What is color rendering index & lighting?
The type of light bulb you use in your home could have a profound effect on the way a room looks. This is often attributed to something known as the color rendering index. Also referred to as CRI, this index measures the ability of a light source to reveal colors of objects in contrast to a natural light source, such as the sun filtering in through your windows.
So, what is CRI? Simply put, it's the measurement of light in relation to how it affects the appearance of color. This range can also depend on the "temperature" of the light. For example, lighting temperatures can range from infrared light to the kind coming from a skylight, all the way to ultraviolet light. Ideally, you want to use lighting that will best illuminate each room depending on your needs.
More on understanding a color rendering index charts:
Every type of lighting has its place on what's known as the color rendering index chart. This chart measures a scale from 0 to 100, depending on how accurately it can produce light that matches a naturally referenced light source, such as the sun. In general, bulbs at the higher end of the scale will produce a more accurate color rendering of the objects around it. This can be vital for use in things like photography or lighting used in a museum setting. But it can also effect you and your home. It's best to choose bulbs that will make your surroundings clear, bright and as close to how they would appear in an outdoor, natural setting.