LED Bulbs, Clearly The Best Choice For Lighting

Make no mistake: the halogen bulbs, still too much present at the distributors, are equipment of the past. LED bulbs and spotlights are the future of lighting and the most environmentally friendly solution for lighting. They offer a variety of models and different light comforts. Overview.

Prices have dropped significantly over the last two years and the electricity savings they generate will pay back your purchase in less than two years, while the life span of these bulbs may exceed 15 years.

Why Not Use Halogen Bulbs?

Lighted several hours a day, our 20 sources of light per household aspire to more than 10% of our electricity consumption if we do not take station.

Halogen bulbs , sometimes misleadingly and illegally called “eco-halogens”, are similar to old incandescent bulbs and will be banned from commercialization in 2018 .

With a life span of only two years, they are very energy efficient and very far from LED performance.

These are, in fact, the bulbs and spots with the poorest performance on the market. Basically, these bulbs heat up more than they illuminate .

There are now far more economical and ecological alternatives that divide this consumption by ten. The other advantage of LEDs is that they last on average much longer than halogens.

Understanding Labels

Household bulbs must be labeled since 1998 and their packaging must indicate the energy efficiency of the products.

Since 2012, the most energy-consuming incandescent bulbs (classified E, F and G) have been withdrawn from the market. The GU10 bulbs are now classified in loverists.com.

Since September 2013, labels also cover spotlights and incorporate new A + and A ++ performance classes that can only be achieved by LED models.

The energy savings that you participate in choosing LEDs are far from being negligible collectively.

If the 80 million inefficient halogen bulbs purchased in 2012 in France had beenLEDs as recommended by the Topten Guide , saving electricity over the lifetime of these bulbs would have represented as much as the consumption of energy- Electricity of all Parisians.

Other Sources

Other Sources Of Low-Energy Lighting Than Leds

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (Cfls) are the first generation of low-energy light bulbs. They are much more energy efficient than halogens, but they have certain defects: they take a long time to fully illuminate and contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic element. Moreover, they are not as efficient as the LED bulbs which are now the most widely used light bulbs.

Straight Fluorescent Tubesare relatively energy efficient, but rather used in offices and public buildings.

LED Bulbs And Spotlightsare the most energy efficient. They also have the best environmental performance if their entire life cycle is taken into account, from the extraction of raw materials to their disposal. LED bulbs and spotlights contain some electronic components and rare metals, but not very toxic products.

Don’t get me wrong: halogen bulbs, still too present among distributors, are equipment of the past. The bulbs and LED spots are the future of lighting and the most environmentally friendly solution to light. They offer a variety of models and various comforts of light. Overview.

The LED, clearly the best choice for light

The LED, clearly the best choice for light

Don’t get me wrong: halogen bulbs, still too present among distributors, are equipment of the past. The bulbs and LED spots are the future of lighting and the most environmentally friendly solution to light. They offer a variety of models and various comforts of light. Overview.

Written by Guide TopTen, 30 Mar 2016, at 11 h 00 min

End of 2015, the market offers a wide variety of bulbs and LED spot allowing you to choose domestic lighting best suited to your tastes, your equipment and your comfort.

Compatibility Of The LED With Your Light Media

Many LED models are available in standard nerve: small or large cap (E14 and E27) screw or bayonet (B22) nerve.

There is also a nice variety of LED spotlights for directional lighting (GU10 base) normal voltage or low voltage (base GU5.3/MR16). Attention for the spots to check the angle of lighting you need.

Most of the light bulbs or LED spots are not compatible with dimmers to light.

There are however models specifically designed to work with a dimmer even if they are not necessarily adaptable to all types of drives. Therefore, check the information posted on the package and do not hesitate to ask the manufacturer if necessary.

LED Bulbs On An Old Candlestick In Crystal?

It’s quite possible. There are today a wide variety of shape and appearance: form flame or rounded shape, transparent or frosted glass. Take the test: If you choose your new bulbs, no one should notice the difference.

Pass The Watts To Lumens

Different light sources do not require the same light output. In your home, you need not the same brightness everywhere. So far you take into account the number of watts. With LED bulbs you must consider the amount of light emitted expressed in lumens (lm).

A little trick to convert a number of watts in lumens: multiply it by 10, you will find a value approaching in lumens.

The ideal is to familiarize yourself with these new values expressing the lighting power today:

200 to 500 lumens (25-40 watts) provide you soft lighting, for example in addition to the light of your screen to work or watch TV.

Medium, the most common lighting in our homes, appear between 500 and 900 lumens (60-75 watts).

For a stronger lighting, you can choose a bulb showing 1000 lumens or more (100 watts).

Don’t get me wrong: halogen bulbs, still too present among distributors, are equipment of the past. The bulbs and LED spots are the future of lighting and the most environmentally friendly solution to light. They offer a variety of models and various comforts of light. Overview.

With The LED, More Or Less Warm Lighting

When you buy an LED bulb for general lighting of your pieces, you can choose a more or less warm white tone. The hue of the light emitted by the bulb is expressed in degrees Kelvin.

A value between 2000 and 3000 K corresponds to a tint ‘warm white’ similar to the hue of the old incandescent bulbs (slightly yellow).

A value around 4000 to 5000 K corresponds to a hue “cool white”, closer to the light of day but often judged too ‘clinical’ by french consumers. It’s a shade similar to that of the white neon tubes.

The hue ‘warm white’ is, by far, the most popular in France. Attention to the promotions at major distributors that often focus on bulbs lights “cool white”.

What Is Color Rendering Index

Index rendering of color, or IRC, is the ability of a light source to render the differences between colors of the visible spectrum. It is expressed as a percentage, 100% is considered a perfect rendering.

The European regulation today to all LED bulbs have a made correct colors, IE an IRC of at least 80%. However, some professionals, such as architects or designers, can carry a specific interest in this feature when buying and search possibly higher values.

Life And Number Of Supported Ignitions

Most of the LED display a lifetime of at least 15,000 hours, which is already a lot compared to the old light bulbs and halogen.

It may be wise to put next declared life and the price of the bulb when you compare two models.

We recommend also to pay attention to the numbers of ignitions supported if it equip places of passage such as for example the corridors, bath or toilet. A value greater than 50,000 means that the model must be able to withstand at least two cycles to turn on/off per hour for use on average.

LED: Watch The Eyes

Governments warn against the potential risks for the children’s eyes if they look too close to the spots and tint and high power LED bulbs “cool white”. It is easy to avoid this risk by choosing a softer and warmer, usually more comfortable lighting in addition to the child.

Regardless of the light source, LED or otherwise, it is of course advisable to stay long eyes in front.

A Buying Guide To Help You In The Choice Of Your LED

Of course, all LED bulbs are not equal. The price of an LED bulb is very variable and often depends on the quality of its electronic components. Attention to too cheap bulbs, at least check its performance: class energy, life duration and number of supported ignition.

Remember that a quality bulb will consume less and more long allowing an investment to be more profitable.

Topten Guide has selected for you in its category “bulbs” the best-performing models for domestic lighting among the many references that can be found in the store.

You will find sixty references classified according to the format of bulb (flame, classic, spot) and the lighting power. All emit a light of type “warm white” because that’s the type of lighting that search the vast majority of french consumers.

These same selections of bulbs are available from the application ecoGator, a free Smartphone app that also evaluates the performance of any model from its energy label. So go today for what is best in economic lighting!