How To Choose LED
- the skill of LED bulb selecting
LED traders should do market market and consider the quality of LED component, technical report and customer feedback. Direct user should consider technical details such as brightness, heat dissipation, material of LED cover, fitting, color, and shape.
Traditional incandescent bulb is being replaced by LED bulbs within the past several years. There are many kinds of LED lights in the market, with different Watts, brightness, material and color.
LED bulb is expensive than a incandescent bulb, but it worth the money. It provides more efficiency in lighting, and save money for your family or office.
It is important to learn some skill in choosing a right LED before a trader wholesale LED or a direct user go to market.
The photo covers several kind of LED bulbs in the market.
- Section : Tips
- Key Word : how to choose LED, how to choose LED bulb, how to choose LED lights
- Author : Jasper
- Industry : LED
How Traders Choose LED Bulb
When a trader buy LED for customer, it is important to consider the following factors:
LED Market Research
It is necessary to do a market research before entering the LED market. Ask your potential customer what they need, the brightness, Watts, lumen, angle, light color etc.
You may ask a market research company or your own staff to do this, or even do it by yourself.
It is the time to buy LED lights after you know your market.
LED Components' Brand
LED bulb is not big, but it consists of many smaller components.
Being a professional trader, you know the durable and quality were decided by the quality of each components. You may ask the brand name or technical details of chip, capacitor, MOS, IC control chip and diode. It is a good LED bulb when all components in good quality or under famous brand.
Technical Report or Certification
If you are facing a manufacture, it is necessary to show the professional knowledge you have. Good LED manufactures provides testing report, certification, or license. If the supplier do not show them to you; then you may ask it. Believe me, a factory with many kinds of report, certification is much better than none.
Before you buy next batch of LED bulbs, ask the using experience of your customer. You may know the strengths and weaknesses of the LED product. Then you make ask your supplier or manufacture to do something to improve or keep the good quality.
How Direct User Choose LED Bulb
Direct users should consider many using and technical parameters, such as brightness, color, material, using place, etc.
Read the following details before you buy a bulb from local market or on-line store.
Brightness - Choose LED by Lumen
In the past People choose incandescent lamps by Watts. For example an incandescent 100 Watts lamp is brighter than a 60 Watts.
But LED is not in the same way. You can choose a LED lights by Lumens, because their energy consumption is very low. For example, if you use a 100 Watts incandescent lamps, you can use a 20 Watts LED light, because they offers almost the same lumens.
Brightness is not necessary in bedroom, 1000 to 2000 lumens are enought; more brightness is needed in dinning room or living room, 1000 to 2500 lumens are ok.
If you are choosing a LED for your office, 2500 to 5000 lumens makes your office bright.
Anyway, make your room bright is enough, don't make it dazzling,
All LED lights generate heat while working.
You are suggsted to choose LED with better heat dissipation, which lead to a longer life of the bulb. In the present the LED bulb mainly made in plastic, plastic aluminum and ceramic.
Ceramic offers the best heat dissipation, followed by plastic aluminum, and then the the plastic.
The price differs when use different material. For sure the lamp in ceramic is the most expensive. So you may think about the usage of the lamp before making a choice. If the lights is used in home, such as kitchen or bedroom, then a plastic one is acceptable, because the lamp using time is limited. If the device used in public area, such as square lighting or building lighting, it is better to use the ceramic one to make it possible for a long time lighting.
The LED bulb in the market is mainly made in PC and Glass.
The glass bulb offers better light transmission; but it is fragile. The PC bulb is the main product in present market, based on feature of easy processing and low cost.
You can choose the bulb according to your using place. Choose a PC bulb for desk lamp, bedside lamp, bathroom light or any place kids can reach. It offers a better protect. If the lamp will be used in a higher place, then the glass bulb is the best choice.
Most LED bulb are made based on screw fitting, but bayonet, gu10, mr16 are also available in the market. And the lamp of screw type covers different diameter. If you are buying a LED bulb for the fixture, please make clear the fitting type before driving to the market. If you buy a wrong fitting, most shop owner will change it for you, but some of them will not.
If you are buying a lamp, screw fitting is suggested. It is easy to find a bulb.
Color and Range
Compared with the yellowish color of incandescent bulbs, LED lamp offers more options on color and color temperature(or shades with different Kelvin scale), which it possible to adjust different atmosphere. .
Warm white and yellowish lights are suggested for home using. For example, you should set a soft and relaxing atmosphere for bedroom, bright and warm for living room, more bright is needed in kitchen, dinning and bathroom.
Color temperature refers to a range of shades with different Kelvin scale.
Features of Different Range :
1500 - 2500K : warm white, good for family using, in bed room, living room.
2500 - 3500K : soft white, good for family or office using.
3500 - 4500K : bright white, good for family, office or working space for a clear sight.
4500 - 5500K : cool white, can be used in working space or industrial environment.
5500 - 6500K : day light white, used in industrial space for a extremely bright.
LED bulb are available in many kind of shape. The normal shape covers standard, stick, spiral, spotlight, candle, golf, globe as well as down light. Each shape offers different way of light emitting. You are suggested to choose different shape for different place.
- Standard : also called traditional shape, the best choice for table lamp, foot lamp, pendant fixture, ceiling fixture and wall sconces.
- Stick : works for ceiling fixture or pendant fixture.
- Spiral : works for foot lamp, pendant fixture, ceiling fixture and wall sconces.
- Spotlight : spread light to one direction, designed for recessed cans fixed on wall.
- Candle : works for pendant fixture, pendant fixture, ceiling fixtures or wall sconces.
- Golf : gives 360˚ spread of light, works for pendant fixture or ceiling fixtures.
- Globe : works for pendant fixture and wall sconces.
LED Floodlight and Spot Light
Being a kind of wide-angle lamp, LED floodlight is designed to light a large area.
Mainly used for outdoor lighting, such as park, stadium, it is also can be used for the lighting of indoor stadium, retail stores and garage.
LED floodlights is also a good choice for warehouse lighting.
Providing a beam angle within 45 degrees, spotlights is the best choice to light specific objects. Such as part of wall, door, part of stage of theater, or statues. It is very helpful to avoid light pollution.