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  • (Pt 3) THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE SWITCHING TO LED:

    KNOW BEFORE SWITCHING!

    In our last article of things you must know before switching to LED (you can find it here) we learned about wattage, types of tubes, Bulb and tubes bases or connectors, and lenses. We also started understanding the switching to LED business with the first article of this series: read it here

    In this last article of the series, we will learn more concepts to be sure that when it is time to choose our next LED bulbs or fixtures, our decision will be base 100% in knowledge and understanding.

    Please remember that these are informal definitions, not academic ones and this is because our goal is for you to quickly understand the ideas and not to make a scientific dissertation about them.

    COLOR TEMPERATURE:

    This is basically what color we perceive the light to be. It is measured in degrees KELVIN (K). The higher the number the blueish the white tends to be, and, vice versa, the lower the number, the yellowish.

    • 6000K: Typical color of fluorescent tubes. Probably you’ll find 6,000K in a hospital and because it has a blueish hue, it is not the most popular one.
    • 5000K: is considered Natural, hence the name "natural white". This is the color of the light outdoors, on a sunny day. Seems to be, as an average, the most used.
    • 4000K: This is where the color starts tending to yellow, but not quite there yet.
    • 3000K and less: Definitelly a yellowish hue. Typical color light of the old incandescent bulbs. Ideal to create warm decorative effects.
    Know before switching: Color temperature explained Color temperature: A clear approach

    A note on color temperature:
    Terms like "cool white" or "natural" or "soft white" are nothing but marketing attempts to describe what a manufacturer is trying to sell by making it appealing to you.

    This is why their meaning is not consensual and you might find a "Cool white" that is actually 4000K or "Soft whites" that are 5500K. Really important to know before switching to LED!

    We have tried to make a classification according with reality and the actual "look" of the color.

    Regardless, and to avoid confusion, ALWAYS buy by degrees Kelvin which is a standardized measurement and cannot be 2 different ones, independently from the vendor.

    IP:

    Another must know before switching to LED is the IP. It measures the level of intrusion that a product can stand. IP stands for ingress protection or intrusion protection and this number is especially relevant when it comes to determine whether the product will be installed outdoors or indoors.

    The first digit refer to solids and the second to water:  generally, in LEDs, you will find: IP40, IP64, IP65 or IP67. Take a look at the graphic to see the meaning of each number.

    Know before switching: What is the IP rating? IP Rating and its significance

    Feel free to navigate our website searching by this important attribute, IP40, IP64 or others

    LUMENS:

    Basically is the amount of light emanating out of the bulb or fixture.

    The higher the number, the more light you get. Even though it seems that this is a good measurement to compare technologies, it is a tricky one:

    KNOW before switching! Fluorescent tubes and HID lamps manufacturers use as "lumen output" the “initial lumen” which is a different measurement than the average, used in LED, hence a lot of confusion comes from comparing with lumens.

    Most of the times is better to stay away from comparing lumens.

    Now you know a little bit about the all the necessary concepts you must know before switching to LED.

    You also probably noticed that, consequently, all our product’s pictures have ALL the information you need to know to make a quick an effective buying decision, much as it is explained in the following picture.

    Know before switching: All the necessary info is in LEDRadiant Images LEDRadiant comprehensive images

    We truly hope this series of articles were helpful for you and, furthermore, will help reduce researching time and will ease your transition to LED lighting.

    If you read our 3 postings, you are ready! Yo have the knowledge to go and make the best decision about your needs. of, course, since we are here to help, please do not hesitate contacting us for more information or to show you different economical options for your next LED switch.

    Have a wonderful and illuminated week!

  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About LED Lighting

    If you have an interest in LED lights, you probably already know their basic benefits.  By comparing them with other types of lighting, they consume much less electricity, last longer and are cooler to the touch. But the benefits of LED lightning don't end there.

    Here are five lesser known advantages of LED lights you probably didn’t know:

    LED Lights can take a hit!  All other light bulbs, by dropping them on the floor or hitting them with a hockey stick become useless and usually the result is shattered glass everywhere. But LED’s are different. They can take a hit and keep on ticking!  Since they are not made of glass, they are much more durable than traditional gas filled bulbs. Even if they are impacted or damaged, unless the damage is severe, they may be able to be repaired. Contact your supplier for details on reparable LED products.

    They won't leave you in the dark. Unlike traditional light bulbs, LEDs don't suddenly go dark. Instead, after their estimated lifetime, they begin to fade, slowly losing brightness, thus allowing you to schedule their replacement well before they completely fade out.

    They never Flicker. LEDs use Direct Current (DC) instead of Alternating Current (AC). most of LED bulbs include an internal electronic driver to convert AC power into DC, thus allowing for a constant non-flicker current.

    They come in different color temperatures. Do you prefer daylight to subtle yellow light? How about bright white with a bluish tint? The choice is yours when selecting LED lights. Paying close attention to lighting color is important as it can directly affect mood and alertness. Additionally the color plays an important aesthetic role in interior design. Make sure you pay close attention to color temperature when you are selecting an LED bulb. The Illumination experts at LEDRadiant can assist you in your search for the perfect LED bulb for your needs.

    They don't waste light. LED Chips are unidirectional and distributed in various locations on the bulb fixture. For ceiling lighting, this means that all the light is directed toward the open space and no light is directed towards the ceiling. These ceiling bulbs give a 180 degree sphere of light instead of the traditional 360 degree spheres that require a reflector.

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