The advent of the 21st century spawned a sense of environmental consciousness among electricity users. This resulted in a huge market for LED flat panels, bulbs and LED lightings. The only impediment to the growth of LEDs as a product is the price point; even now the price of LEDs is higher than the conventional incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. Since the prices of LED tubes and bulbs are high it is important that they should be so chosen such as to maximize efficiency as well as utility. We give you some of the tips that must be borne in mind while choosing LED lighting.
Quality of Light: Although the general public is still attuned to using wattage as a means of comparing the quality of light, this concept is now coming to an end. LED manufacturers are using lumens as a measure of luminous flux which is the scientific term for the amount of visible light. Recently manufacturers have unveiled a 1600 lumens which is equivalent to 100 watt bulb.
The color of light equally matters as a white light at 3000 Kelvin is generally cooler and yellow light at 2700 Kelvin is warmer similar to the incandescent one. Moreover, manufacturers have now come out with a light control kit whereby you can change the color of your LED light from your smartphone.
Function: The advantage of LED lights is that they can be customized to suit virtually every occasion, location and environment. For example the LED flat panels are frequently used in lighting up the architectural features and to improve lighting features of the house. The fact that they are flush mounted with the walls because they are flat paneled is what makes them interesting to consider. Then there are LED tubes which are nothing fancy and solely exist for providing ample illumination in workspaces like the kitchen or your work desk.
If you intend to focus light on one particular object use directional LEDs, while for general illumination you may use omni directional LED bulbs.
Dimmability: While most of the LEDs now come with a dimmer, there are still LEDs without a dimmer, we suggest you go for LED lighting with dimmer as this will help you optimize your light setting and also reduce electricity consumption.
Rebate: There are many companies in the industry that offer a rebate, so you may want to check the policies regarding rebate before making a choice.
Investment: Lastly while choosing LEDs think of it positively as an investment which will slowly pay-off over the coming years.
While choosing an appropriate LED bulb you may also want to integrate the whole system with an energy management system like SP1000, this will help you optimize your electric consumption by efficiently monitoring and regulating your consumption patterns.
Most of the rules that apply to LEDs also apply to induction lighting. However, induction lighting is more of a utility type of lighting being used primarily for street lighting, gas station lighting and in some cases even parking garage lighting.
By Walter Hudson