You may know that LEDs have an impressive lifespan, are very cost-effective, and offer a wide variety of lighting options, making them the preferable choice over incandescents. But before you buy, here’s what you need to know about choosing the right LED bulbs.
Know the Language: The brightness of LEDs is measured by lumens. The useful chart on the right can help you understand watt to lumen conversions.
Know the Colors: LEDs come in a wide range of colors. White, the most popular of LED colors, is available in 'cool' white light, which is ideal for task lighting, and 'warm' light commonly used for accent or small area lighting.
Know Your Budget: LEB bulbs are an investment, with cost savings over time vs. up front. If you're replacing many incandescent bulbs on your property, your electricity bills will lower significantly.
Know Your Dimmers: Not all LEDs are dimmable, and not all of them dim in the same way. This means that many dimmers will not be compatible with LEDs. If you’re choosing dimmable LEDs, you need to either find bulbs compatible with traditional dimmers, or replace your current dimming switch with a leading-edge dimmer.
Know Your Placement: Knowing where it's OK to place an LED can ensure the longevity of the bulb. If an LED bulb is placed in an enclosed space, the heat won't have anywhere to go, sending it back to the bulb and dramatically reducing its lifespan. If you have fully or semi-enclosed fixtures, look for LEDs that are approved for recessed or enclosed spaces.
Know that you know how to decide which LED bulbs are right for your property.