You’ve heard about the benefits of LED lighting and you’re convinced.  Now what?  Our Energy Efficiency Business Manager, Timothy Croman, gave us some specifics on LED bulbs and what to consider when putting LEDs in your home.

What are some of the factors to consider when choosing with LED bulbs to purchase?

On each light bulb’s box is something from the DOE called “Lighting Facts.”  These will show you the specifics of the light bulb you are purchasing.  Some of the things to consider when buying a bulb:

Lumens: This measures light output.

Shape: Which outlets in your home will the bulb fit?  There are many different shapes available.  The light bulb’s box will tell you exactly what that LED is meant to replace.

Wattage: You’ll want to make sure the wattage of bulb matches where you are trying to use the bulb.

Light Appearance: The color of the light.  This is measured in kelvin.  Though you can go to a lot of big box stores, to avoid the common issue of having too “cool” of a light it is best to talk to a professional to get professional advice about what is going to be a good replacement in your home.

A lot of people are concerned about the color of the light coming from LED bulbs.  How do you determine what kind of light a bulb will produce by looking at its specs?

Light is measured in Kelvin.  The lower the number the warmer the light will be.  Typically you will be looking for an LED bulb that is 2400-2700 K. This will be able to closely match the light of an incandescent.

The higher the number the more white or blue the light will be–this is typically the light people don’t like.  CFL bulbs can range from 2,500 K to 6,500 K, so there is a range of light you could be getting from those bulbs. There are a lot of options out there, so it’s best to talk to an expert about what lights are going to work for your home so you know you’re getting the best bulb for your buck.

What do you see in the future for LEDs?

I see a future with less contaminants in our landfills, as LEDs do not contain the same hazardous materials as CFLs.  The lifespan of LEDs will also allow for less lighting materials in our landfills since they will not need to be replaced as often.  Home and business owners will also have lower energy costs and lower energy demand from using LEDs.  In the future I see integrated bulbs that can be used with smart home technology and maybe even smart bulbs.  Lights with motion and sound sensors are available now but the technology is new and they are very expensive.