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Selecting power of LED bulbs and other LED lighting

Selecting power of LED bulbs and other LED lighting

Incandescent light bulbs are very old and we got used to selecting them by power.

It was simple: you need really bright room? Select 100W bulb. 60W for smaller rooms etc.

The (mental) list is not really as old as a light bulb, but we got so used to it, that we don’t question it anymore.

But the list of selecting the power changed when the fluorescent lighting arrived on the market. They consumed less power, but gave similar light as light bulbs, so we had to adapt. ¬†And since fluorescent light has its own problems (needing additional electronics, the light needs time to turn to 100% of lighting, not really environmental friendly…) the LED lighting came as a solution to many problems of fluorescent light.

With the arrival of LED lighting the selection of light according to power changed again. The LED bulbs are even more energy efficient, so the power of the bulb was lower for the same brightness.

The best thing would be to create a new mental list of bulb powers that is adapted to LED bulbs especially since LED light comes in all shapes and sizes (panels, strips and of course bulbs).

To make things easier we will concentrate only on the white light and see how we can select them in comparison to regular incandescent light bulbs. We prepared a small infographic with the list of powers of LED bulb in comparison to regular (incandescent) light bulbs.

The numbers on the list are a bit simplified since we use only one value for the brightness although you can see a range when buying a LED bulb. It’s just an estimation, since there are some other factors involved in the brightness of the LED light.

infographics led bulbs selection

We can now select the LED bulb according to our needs.

 


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