How to Choose the Right LED Bulbs for Your Home

Aug 18, 2022 | Lighting Design, Residential Electricity

How to Choose the Right LED Bulbs for Your Home

If you are looking to make a switch from incandescent or CFL bulbs to modern LED bulbs in your home, it can be difficult to determine which options are best for your preferences and current fixtures. While LED bulbs offer many benefits including reduced energy costs, increased light coverage, reduced heat production, and longer life, some bulbs are not suitable for certain fixtures. As a leading provider of complete residential electrical services for all types of homes, the team at Expert Electric knows how beneficial LED bulbs can be. That is why we have compiled some information to help you understand how to choose the right LED bulbs for your home and make an informed decision.

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4 Elements to Consider When Choosing LED Bulbs

When choosing LED bulbs for your home, it is crucial to consider the following elements:

1. “Hot” or “Cool” Lighting

While all LED bulbs will illuminate your home, their appearance will vary based on their “colour temperature”, measured in Kelvin. In most cases, a lower Kelvin rating will mean that the light produced is warmer or more yellow in appearance. As the Kelvin rating increases, the light will look colder or whiter in appearance. It is important to consider which type of lighting you prefer for various rooms in your home and choose bulbs accordingly.

2. Lumens Instead of Watts

While watts are used to tell you the brightness of incandescent bulbs, lumens are used to indicate the brightness of LED bulbs. When replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, it is worth consulting a wattage equivalent table or referencing the information on the product label. For example, a 100W incandescent bulb should be replaced with an LED that is rated at around 1,600 lumens for similar light coverage.

3. The Type of Light Fixture

The type of light fixture you are modifying must be considered before choosing a lightbulb. For example, enclosed light fixtures will likely require different bulbs than an open or recessed fixture. Before purchasing an LED bulb, consult the label or product packaging to see if it is suitable for the type of fixtures you have.

4. Label Information

The product label or packaging is invaluable when determining if an LED bulb is suitable for your needs. Most labels will provide you with the lumen rating, estimated energy cost per year, life expectancy, light temperature/appearance, and the amount of energy used in watts. Some packaging will also outline suitable uses for the bulb, so it is crucial to review this information before purchasing the bulbs and attempting to install them.

To learn more about lighting for your home or to see how our electricians can help update your light fixtures, get in touch with the team at Expert Electric. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your project.