5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE YOU ARE ORDERING LED LIGHT FITTINGS

With extensive improvements to the technology, combined with a rapid reduction in cost, it’s no wonder that more & more people are choosing to switch to LEDs as their primary source of illumination.

As with any relative innovation, LEDs brings with it a whole new set of challenges, particularly if you are going to be buying it for the very first time.

That’s why we have compiled this list of 5 mistakes you don’t want to make when you’re ordering your first LED-compatible light fittings.

  1. DON'T ORDER THE WRONG LEDs FITTING FOR YOUR ROOM

    That is an easy mistake that many people make. After all, there's such an immense variety of LED light fittings to choose from that people can become puzzled and go for the first one they see.

    An essential consideration is the style of decor you have in your room. For instance, there has been a current upsurge in the popularity of modern, minimalistic interiors, with many people casting out the old & welcoming in the new.

    If that's the situation in your home, you will want to go for a light fitting that's both modern & functional, such as the Eyeball Single GU10 Spotlight Fitting. It's up to the minute design is available in black, white, and chrome finishes so that it will complement any modern interior perfectly.

    Conversely, despite its gorgeous aesthetics, the much more traditionally designed Fisherman's Wall Light probably wouldn't fit so well into a contemporary setting.

    Another type of LED light fitting that's great for modern interiors, especially those in which there's a suspended or "drop" ceiling installed is the Fitted LED Downlight. Again, these all-in-one enclosures are available in a wide variety of shapes & sizes. However, the massive number of options will ensure that you'll find precisely the right one to complement your installation.

    1. DON'T UNDER OR OVERESTIMATE THE SIZE OF YOUR ROOM

    Whether you're planning to illuminate a bedroom or a ballroom, there'll be a type of LED-compatible light fitting that'll suit you down to the ground. One thing you don't want to happen, however, is to install your fitting only to realize that the light it provides is too bright or too dim for space.

    Light intensity (brightness) is measured in Lumens and not, as is widely believed, in Watts. Lumens represent the real amount of ambient light being produced by a bulb or light fitting. The higher the number of lumens, the lighter the room will be.

    Setting aside the color scheme of your room, the answer to the question of how many lumens will be required to illuminate a room properly can be arrived at by employing this general rule of thumb:

    • Floors will need 20 Lumens per Square Foot;
    • Tables and Raised Surfaces will require 30 Lumens per Square Foot;
    • Desks and Task Lighting will require 50 Lumens per Square Foot.

    Thus, when you're armed with just a small amount of information about the number of bulbs each light fitting requires, combined with the bulbs' brightness in lumens. it should give you a tolerably accurate idea of the type of accessory you will need to illuminate your room. it will help you avoid making costly & inconvenient purchasing errors.

    1. DON'T ORDER THE WRONG TYPE OF LED BULB

    You have decided on the style of light fitting you want in your room, and you are satisfied that you've selected the correct size to deliver the illumination. So the last thing you require is to discover that you've purchased the wrong bulb(s).

    A fundamental method to calculate the number of LED Light Bulbs you'll require to illuminate your room is to work out the area of the room in square feet.

    Multiply the length of the room by its width, like this:

    • Length of room = 14 feet;
    • Width of room = 8 feet;
    • The area of the room in square feet is 112.

    Therefore, if your room is used for task-centered activities requiring 50 lumens per square foot, you will purchase a sufficient number of LEDs, based on their lumen output.

    In a room of this size, you would, therefore, require 6 of our 9W Dimmable GU10 LED COB Bulbs, as each generates 860 Lumens of brightness.

    It's also essential to be aware of the type of base or "fitting" your LED light bulb employs. 

    There are several to choose from, including:

    • LED spotlight bulbs generally have a GU10 or a GU5.3 (MR16) base.
    • There are also commonly used Bayonet Cap (BC) LEDs such as the B22 and the B15.
    • Edison Screw Fittings like the E27 and the E14.
    • As well as the LED G4 and G9.
    1. DON'T FORGET THAT LED LIGHT FITTINGS CAN BE RETROFITTED

    That's right, all of our LED-compatible light fittings are simple and convenient to install. They're perfect for retrofitting into your existing wiring, and will replace your current fixture with the very minimum of mess or fuss!

    1. DON'T FORGET THAT LED BULBS CAN BE RETROFITTED

    If, after all your deliberations, you decide that you don't fancy replacing all your existing light fittings, never fear, because you'll be able to switch all your bulbs with LEDs instead.

    While this might not have as significant an aesthetic impact on your room as revamping its actual décor, it will save you a considerable amount of money on your electricity bill. That is because LED bulbs are 90% more energy-efficient than their old-school counterparts and, with a 50,000-hour life expectancy, they'll last more than 20 times longer than the traditional bulbs they're replacing as well.

    To see our full range of lighting products, why not visit our LED lights online store.

    If you would like any advice about LED lighting dos and don'ts, you are welcome to call our friendly & professional customer service agents on (214) 774-9866 today.

    And, LED lighting isn't an area in which you should be making mistakes, so you can back up your phone call with an e-mail inquiry to info@hitechledhvac.com to be sure!