theverge.com_-2013-resized-600Did you know that as of January 1, 2014 the traditional 100, 75, 60 and 40 watt bulbs have been phased out?  They can no longer be maufactured or imported into the United States. You will have to find replacements for these everyday bulbs and LEDS have come to the rescue.  They are here to stay so you should become familiar with how to select the proper ones.  Photo Via

You may have noticed that LED lighting, which stands for Light Emitting Diode,  has been gaining a lot of ground and have shown significant improvement as well as cost reductions in the past few years. Most people realize that they have a very long life and are economical in the long run but don’t understand the differences between incandescent light sources and LED light sources.

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Forget looking for WATTS on the bulb and start looking for LUMENS.   Lumens is the measurement of light brightness the bulb puts out and wattage is the amount of energy the bulb uses.  Two totally different things!  Here are guidelines for replacement of incandescent light bulbs:

100 w = 1600 lumens

75  w = 1100  lumens

60  w = 800  lumens

40  w = 450  lumens

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KELVIN  is a measure of the color of the light with 2700 K being the color of our familiar incandescent bulbs (warm).  2700-3000K is the best color temperature for most home applications.  The higher the number the cooler the color – which seems backwards so it’s harder to remember.

CRI stands for Color Rendering Index which is very important in determining how pure the colors will look in the light provided.  Most residential lighting should have a CRI of 80 or above and 90 and above is preferable.  Incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100.

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DIMMABILITY is another important factor to look for.  Most LED bulbs are dimmable but they must be paired with the proper dimmer switch.  They save energy as well as create beautiful ambient lighting.  For information about specific bulbs and which Lutron dimmers they are compatable with go to http://www.lutron.com/dimcflled

 

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LED bulbs come in many shapes and sizes and some seems quite strange looking. 

 That’s because each manufacturer is trying to make the most efficient and cost effective bulb they can for all the various applications.  They are available in strips and bars for under cabinets and displays, recessed lighting, candelabra lighting and just about every application you can think of.

I hope this article has helped you better know how to select the right bulbs for your home.

 

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