Standard Shape LED Light Buying Guide

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Standard Shape LED Light Buying Guide

LED lights are becoming more popular as their advantages become better known and they become more economical and readily available. They use light emitting diodes, semi-conducting light sources, to provide illumination from electricity. Originally used in domestic settings as accent lighting, advances in LED technology have meant that they can now be used in a more versatile way. High powered LED light bulbs are now available meaning that good-quality light levels are possible. LED lights come in various forms. They are available as spot lights, down lights, tubes and various other types of light. Dimmer switches can be used with most lights to control their brightness.

Advantages of LED Lights

LED lights have a number of advantages over other light bulbs, such as incandescentcompact fluorescent or halogen bulbs.

Durable and long lasting

They are long lasting, durable, resistant to breakages and contain no filaments or mercury. They last up to 50000 hours as opposed to up to 6000 hours.

Excellent energy efficiency

They can reduce energy costs by up to 90%. Other light bulbs waste around 80% to 90% energy as heat, whereas LED lights waste hardly any.

Safe

Because they do not contain mercury and produce significantly less heat they are safer to handle.

Economical

Because they are so energy efficient and long lasting, meaning reduced maintenance costs, LED lights work out to be more economical than other lights in the long term. They are more expensive to buy initially.

Direct replacements

LED lights can be used as direct replacements for incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent bulbs. There is no need to buy new fixtures.

Environmentally friendly

LED lights can help to cut down on carbon emissions. They are recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. Because they are long lasting, there are fewer bulbs to be regularly disposed of.

Quality of light

Bulbs can give instant brightness and are capable of high light levels.

Different colours of light/white

Bulbs are available in various colours, such as red, green, and blue. They are also available in different tones of white, from warm, yellow tones, to cool, bluish tones.

Small size

Bulbs are available in a range of sizes. Five mm is an average size, while smaller bulbs are 3 mm. Because of this, they are elegant and unobtrusive solutions to contemporary light fittings that aim for a minimalist and streamlined effect. They can fit into tight recesses that other bulbs cannot making them extremely versatile for accent and display lighting.

Do not cause fading or heat damage

LEDs can be safely used to illuminate paintings and precious objects. They do not cause fading as they do not produce UV (ultraviolet) or IR (infra red) radiation. Because of their low temperatures, they do not cause heat damage.

Do not flicker

LED bulbs do not flicker like some fluorescent flights, which can reduce eye strain.

Shapes of LED Lights

LED light bulbs are available in various shapes. Amongst the most common are standard, globe, candle and reflector. Globe bulbs are spherical, whereas candle bulbs have a longer, thinner shape ending in a point, often bent like a candle flame. Reflector bulbs, also known as Parabolic Aluminum Reflector (PAR) bulbs, have slightly flattened tops in the shape of a parabola. The different shapes of bulb can make them more suitable for particular uses. Reflector bulbs are used in spot lights and car lights to reflect more light. Candle bulbs are commonly utilised in modern chandeliers for their decorative effect. Standard shape LED light bulbs have a traditional household light bulb shape. LED light bulbs follow a naming convention. This consists of one or two letters that refers to their shape, for example, A is the standard shape and G is the globe shape. This is followed by a number referring to their diameter at the widest point and (sometimes) another letter referring to their length. The length is not always necessary as the other information is sufficient to determine which bulb it is.

Choosing Standard Shape LED Lights

To come closer to finding the right standard shape LED light, a few more things need to be considered.

Uses of Standard Shape LED Lights

Standard shape LED lights are a direct replacement for the traditional household incandescent bulb. The old bulb can be simply removed and the LED bulb inserted in its place. Standard shape LED bulbs cast light at a wide angle and are ideal used in ceiling and wall lamps for ambient lighting. They can also be used in table lamps for accent lighting and reading lamps for task lighting.

Types of Brightness and Colour

LED standard shape lights are available in different types of brightness and colour. Which type of brightness and colour will depend upon factors such as whether the light is primarily for ambient, accent, or task lighting, and personal preference as to whether a warmer or cooler light is preferred.

Brightness

Brightness is measured in lumens, with higher lumens meaning higher levels of brightness. Lumens (lm) are a standardised measurement obtained from the level of luminous flux, the amount of visible light perceived in an area by the human eye. Lumens can be used to compare LED bulbs and also any other type of bulb. Brightness levels can also be estimated from the bulb’s watts (W), and it is possible to calculate the number of lumens from the watts and vice versa. The brightness produced by LED lights can be compared with traditional incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or other light bulbs. For example, a 6W LED bulb gives approximately the same brightness as a 60W incandescent bulb. Bear in mind that the quality of the LED bulb may affect its brightness.

300 – 900 lumens

6W LED

60W incandescent

15W CFL

1600 – 1800 lumens

9W LED

100W incandescent

25W CFL

2600 – 2800 lumens

10W LED

150W incandescent

40W CFL

The brightness a standard shape LED bulb gives will also depend upon where it is placed (for example, type of lampshade, location in room) and its colour.

Colour

The colour of the LED bulb chosen will depend upon its function and personal taste. LED bulbs are available in warm and cool white light. Colour is measured by temperature in Kelvin, a scale that runs from 0 to 10000. Higher Kelvin temperatures have a cooler, brighter light while lower Kelvin temperatures have a warmer, softer light. Warm LED bulbs have a slight yellowish tint like incandescent bulbs and are more usually preferred, particularly for more traditional or homely styled rooms. Cool LED bulbs have bluish tones. They are sometimes preferred in contemporary settings and in clean white or bold colour schemes where the aim is to provide a cool and minimalist effect. They are also used when the highest levels of brightness are required. Both bulbs may be used in the same room to give the option of warm or cool. Be aware that different manufacturers may use slightly different ranges to refer to warm and cool. Some also have natural or neutral white bulbs which are designed to mimic the brightness of daylight, and there is often some overlap between these and cool white bulbs.

Warm white

2500 - 3000

Warmer, softer light

Ideal for indoor rooms, small areas, accent lighting

Natural white

4500 - 6000

Brighter, more neutral light

Ideal for outdoor lighting, larger areas, contemporary schemes, general purposes, task lighting

Cool white

5000 - 7000

Brighter light, bluish

Ideal for outdoor lighting, larger areas, contemporary schemes, task lighting

For comparison, candle flames have a Kelvin temperature of about 1850K, traditional incandescent light bulbs about 2700K to 3300K and moonlight about 4100K.

Energy Efficiency

LED light bulbs are generally very energy efficient. Energy efficiency can be described with luminous efficacy, which is a measurement of how well a light source creates visible light. The typical light efficacy of an LED light is about 30-90 lumens per watts (lm/W). More energy efficient bulbs have a higher lumens to watts ratio. For comparison, incandescent bulbs have a luminous efficacy of about 12.5-17.5 lm/W, halogen bulbs 16-24 lm/W and fluorescent bulbs 45-75 lm/W. The luminous efficacy should be stated on the packaging.

Find Standard Shape LED Lights on eBay

To find standard shape LED lights, navigate using the left hand side tabs on the eBay homepage. Scroll to Home & Garden and select the Home & Garden link. Scroll to Furniture & Living and select the Lighting link. The type of lighting required can now be selected. Standard shape LED light bulbs are available by clicking on the Light Bulbs link. Under Type select LED and under Shape select Standard. Alternatively, search for standard shape LED lights by typing in terms such as “standard shape LED light” in the search bar at the top of any eBay page.

Conclusion

LED lights have many advantages over other types of light bulb, including durability, energy efficiency, lower running costs, safety, light quality, versatility, and size. They are available in various shapes, with the standard shape common and widely available. Standard shape LED lights have many applications and are ideal for ambient lighting in ceiling fixtures, accent lighting in table lamps and task lighting in reading lamps. They are available in different tones of white, from warm, yellowish tones reminiscent of incandescent bulbs to cooler, more bluish tones. LED light bulbs are also available in different watts and some are more energy efficient than others. Compare the information in product descriptions to find the perfect standard shape LED light.

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