Candle Shape LED Buying Guide

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For many homes switched on by LED lighting, a popular and timeless look can be achieved with chandeliers, wall lights and table lamps. This classic style complements traditional decor and helps retain the authentic appearance of heritage lighting without the fire hazard. It works equally well in a contemporary setting where it enhances a modern look through the contrast of an apparently natural light source in a high-tech or modern environment. Semi-conductors make LED lighting efficient, effective and enable the innards of a bulb to be studded with variously angled tiny bulbs.

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To get the most out of candlelight LEDs, there are a few attributes to consider before purchasing. Take time to find what best suits the needs and preferences.

Candlelight in Candle Shape LED Bulbs

Opt for bulbs with a bent tip, which mimic a flickering candle flame, to make candle shape LED bulbs attain a natural look. LED candle bulbs look spectacular when dressed with a candle sleeve or a candle cover for a realistic dripped wax effect that won’t ever drip on furniture or pool on the table or floor.

Styles of Candle Shape Bulbs

Depending on the fitting in place, perhaps electric candle lights,, LED bulbs will have one of two types of base to receive them. Candle LEDs usually come in the mid-range of available sizes, Small Edison Screw and Edison Screw, E27 and E14. Other sizes might become available as the popularity of LED lighting increases. An E14 fitting is often used for mini candle lights where the smaller size replicates a genuine candle for a retro look. Wall sconces and Gothic ceiling lights with electric candles can capture a wonderful mood for grand halls or country kitchens alike. Bayonet caps also have two sizes – standard 22mm and small 15mm diameter. These are the sizes of the part of the bulb which connects with the terminal and not the size of the casing. Some extravagant light fittings have multiple branches accepting five or more candle shape LEDs.

Shapes of Candle Bulbs

Candle shaped LED have slightly differing tapers to their shapes. Some have a spearhead appearance, others have a rounder end and can vary from almond shape to a more bullet like shape. Make sure that the width of the bulb, at its largest point, will fit inside any sleeves, covers or shades used with them. There can be quite a difference between the size of the base fitting, whether screw or bayonet, and the girth of the glass. On their own, the appearance of burning candles is attractive without any other ornamentation. Sleeves and covers disguise the aluminium heat sink noticeable in some light fittings. Bulb lengths also vary so if replacements are required, make sure the purchase is made from the same range for a uniform effect in a multi-lamp appliance such as branched chandeliers..

Clear and Colour Finishes

The external casing of a candle shape LED bulb comes most commonly in a colourless, clear glass finish or white. Some frosted finishes appear opaque or translucent without being fully white. Opal and pearl exteriors are both commonly white. Clear coloured casings are also available and illuminate with whatever hue their shade is made from. These are different to LED bulbs with internal coloured bulbs. Some bulbs have the facility to provide a changing colour from within. A warm candle glow, for a more subdued appearance or a bright icy white for sharp contrast changes the feel of a space and makes it more intimate or stark. Light play, through brightening up darker corners with angled lamps, or reflecting off ceilings or reflective surfaces, gives an illusion of space depending on the desired effect. As LED lighting offers exceptional lumens quality, choose warm white light for a more natural result.

Why LED Outperforms Incandescent or Compact Fluorescent Lighting

Glancing at an LED bulb, the difference between it and its older counterparts is quite apparent. There is no filament, like the old incandescent bulbs had, neither is there a thick, coiled abomination that distinguishes the energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb. Less chunky, safely housed in aluminium heat sinks, cooler and much longer lasting than either of the two described earlier, LEDs can also be incorporated in much more subtle designs because of their minute size. The initial outlay for LED fittings is more than retrieved during its lifespan when the dramatic savings on power consumption costs and replacement bulbs are factored into the price. With LED lights, they switch on and brighten up instantly – no warm-up period required. LED converts watts to lumens much more efficiently than other sources. Depending on the material used, and the quality of its light extraction efficiency, two different LED sources might use the same number of watts but may have a noticeable difference in their lumen output. Delivered light is a more important measurement of brightness rather than the number of lumens when making comparisons with traditional luminaries.

Calculating Costs

The following formula will calculate how much it costs to run an electrical appliance: unit cost x power consumption in watts divided by 1000. A traditional incandescent 60W light on in a house paying 5p per unit would cost: 5p x 60 / 1000 = .3p per hour to run. An energy saving CFL 12W light at the same rate would cost: 5p x 12 / 1000 = .06p per hour to run. A 6W LED light at the same rate would cost: 5p x 6 /1000 = .03p per hour to run. To keep figures simple for comparison, imagine a 60w bulb, a typical size for most households, runs for 5 hours a day on average. Over 10 years it will have consumed more than 1,000,000 watts of energy (60 x 5 x 365 x 10). A 6W power equivalent LED bulb, which will not require a replacement for ten years, will consume a fractional amount of power at just a tenth of the rate. LED lighting compares favourably against CFL lighting too, making savings on power consumption by at least half.

Environmentally Friendly LED

Following the US mandate in 2007, 100W bulbs have gone, as they have also done in the UK under the recommendation of the Energy Saving Trust. 75W production will stop in 2013 and 60W bulbs can expect the same fate by 2014 when their production will cease. Less power usage translates to less CO2 emissions. Reduced consumption means fewer power stations will have to cater for electricity needs. Bright, energy-efficient LED lighting not only reduces the strain on consumption, but also manufacture. Unlike CFL bulbs, there is no hazardous mercury to consider when disposing of them. LEDs do not rely on gas or filaments for their lighting. Instead, they are comprised of a heat-conducting material within a small casing or lens upon which tiny chips are positioned. Expect the availability of better, and more affordable fittings equipped to receive LED lighting in domestic and commercial applications. Look out for EnergyStar-qualified LEDs for a quality product. As LED lighting uses less power for exceptional illumination, decorating and design habits may change in households. More individual light fixtures in rooms have potential to maximise impact for specific task-lit areas or ambient lighting to change the mood and perceived dimensions of a space indoors. Typical equivalents for light bulbs using 240v power source:

LED power consumption

Equivalent to regular lighting

2W

18W

4W

25W

6W

35W

9W

40W

12W

60W

Types of bulb fitting styles: Bayonet (push and turn with lugs) and Screw (threaded)

Diameter

Code

Abbreviation

Full Name

27mm

E27

ES

Edison Screw

14mm

E14

SES

Small Edison Screw

22mm

B22d

BC

(Standard) Bayonet Fitting

15mm

B15d

SBC

Small Bayonet Fitting

Find Candle Shape LED Bulbs on eBay

To purchase candle shape LED bulbs, head to the eBay homepage. Begin by opening the All Categories tab and clicking on the link for Home & Garden,, followed by Furniture and Living to Lighting.. From this page, click on Light Bulbs then check the LED box under ‘Type’ and the Candle box under ‘Shape’ options on the left side of the page for available listings. Or, type in led bulbs into the search bar at the top of any eBay page.

Conclusion

LEDs are tiny and they could replace most of our electric bulbs and still make the world bright. The most familiar LED is the little infra-red light in a remote control, but plans are afoot to make greater use of the technology so households can take advantages of the many benefits of LED lighting. Whether the global economy improves or dips, maximising the value of any money spent remains a concern. Another concern is power consumption and how it can be cut back without an adverse effect on a particular lifestyle. There is good news – it is possible to save money, lessen power consumption and help prevent negative environmental impact through a change to LED lighting.

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