LED Lighting Buying Guide / Q&A
The LED lighting fixture is a good choice in both residential and commercial settings. While the LED lighting fixtures may be more expensive, their greater lifetime value saves you several hundred per fixture. These lighting solutions are ideal for use with solar power or portable generators, particularly in remote or off-grid areas.
When it comes to LED room lighting, you have a number of choices that you can select according to your personality and the interior décor. Availability of different types of LED lighting fixture has also increased the complexity of choosing the best one for the home or office. This LED Q&A buying guide will help make it easier for you when it comes to making an informed decision regarding LED lighting.
Q 1. How LED lighting fixtures are different from traditional lights?
LED is the short-form of Light Emitting Diodes. It is an electrical component that glows when the light is passed through it. LED lighting fixtures contain LED bulbs. A single LED bulb contains several LEDs that all glow together producing light.
As compared to incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and last for a long time. The LED lights are about 25 to 80 percent more efficient as compared to traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Moreover, they last for about three to twenty-five times longer. This makes LED lighting fixtures offer a great value for the money.
In the past, LED lights were expensive and produced relatively low light. However, with the advancement in technologies, the price of LED lights has not only decreased but their light output has increased as well. Now LED lighting fixtures can produce bright efficient lights that can match any traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. The price savings they provide due to lower energy bill and higher life makes them well worth considering for home or office lighting.
Q 2. What are some of the factors that must be considered when buying LED lighting fixtures?
You have to consider a number of factors when it comes to selecting the right lighting fixture for the room. Following are some of the most important factors that you should consider before purchasing a modern LED lighting for the home, restaurant, office, and other settings.
The brightness level of a LED light can be determined by the wattage and lumens of the light bulb.
Wattage refers to the energy consumed by the bulb to generate the light. Higher the wattage, more bright will be the bulb. For instance, a 28W LED bulb will produce brighter light as compared to a 9W bulb.
Another way to measure brightness level of a LED bulb is looking at lumens of the bulb. It is a relatively new level of measuring and comparing the brightness of the bulb that is becoming the new energy standard for measuring brightness level globally. As with the wattage the higher the lumens, the brighter will be the light produced by the bulb.
The LED light bulbs use much less wattage to produce the same lumens as compared to the traditional incandescent bulbs. For instance, LED bulbs produce about 50 - 72 lumens per watt, while the incandescent bulbs produce only about 11 – 16 lumens per watt. The following table gives an overview of the wattage and lumens of LED and Incandescent bulbs.
Color temperature is another important factor that you must consider when buying a LED lighting fixture. It is measured in Kelvin, which is the unit of absolute temperature and represents the characteristics or appearance of the light.
Keep in mind that the color temperature does not refer to the heat output of the light. Instead, it refers to the color of the light generated by specific a light source. More specifically the color temperature indicates the hue of a light that includes soft white, white light, moonlight, daylight etc.
Color temperature ranges from a scale of 1,000 K to 10,000. The higher the color temperature, the closer it will appear to the sunlight. Typically, residential and commercial lighting are in the range of 2,500 K to 6,500 K. The following figure gives an overview of the different kinds of lights reflected by different color temperatures.
LED light bulbs that are dimmable costs a little more but they provide greater control over the brightness of the light. A lighting fixture that features dimmable LED light bulbs is perfect for placing in a location where multiple activities are performed in a day. For instance, it’s perfect for placing in the living room where you want to dim the lights when watching movies.
An important thing to remember is that you should not try to use a dimmer switch with a non-dimmable lighting fixture. This could cause irreparable damage to the lighting fixture. Instead, it is recommended that you use the dimmer switch with only those lighting fixtures that have dimmable feature.
Beam angle determines the light spread produced by the LED bulb. A narrower beam angle will concentrate the light to a smaller area similar to a spotlight. On the other hand, a larger beam angle will allow the light to spread out over a larger distance.
You must select a LED lighting fixture with a larger beam angle to illuminate a large area. Contrarily, you must select a LED lighting fixture with a narrow-angle for illuminating a specific area. Just keep in mind that a larger beam angle results in less intense light output as compared to a smaller beam angle.
Q 3. What are the suggestions regarding LED lighting for the home and office?
As you must have realized by now, there are several different types of LED lights. The lighting fixtures differ in terms of brightness level, color temperature or hue, beam angle, and other factors. The two most important factors that you must focus on when selecting LED light fixtures include the brightness level and color. Based on these two factors, below are some of the suggestions that you must consider when selecting LED lighting fixture for different settings.
Most of you would want the ambiance of the bedroom to be warm, relaxed, and peaceful. For this purpose, a LED lighting fixture that generates soft or warm light would be well suited. It’s best to avoid lights with having a high color temperature and brightness level for the bedroom. This would disturb the circadian rhythm making it difficult for you to go to sleep at night.
Also, if you plan to buy a reading lamp, make sure that the light produces light having neutral tones. A cool white tone would create contrast with the page of a book.
Suggested Brightness Level for a bedroom - 1,500 to 4,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for a bedroom – 2700 to 3000 Kelvin
The living room is the area where you seat and entertain the guests, or just sit back and relax while watching a TV. The LED lighting fixture should adapt to the occasion or the activity. That’s why it’s important to have different types of lighting sources. You must prefer to buy a lighting fixture with a dimmable option as it will give you greater control in controlling the light.
As with the bedroom, you must avoid bright light emitting fixtures as it will prevent you from relaxing in the living room. Adjustable LED spot lights are also a good option for the living room. You can use these lights to highlight artwork on the walls, family photos, and to reduce glare on the TV. You can also use LED lamps that feature a 360 degrees adjustable head. This allows you greater control over which part of the room you want to illuminate.
Suggested Brightness for a living room - 1,500 to 3,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for a living room – 2900 to 4100 Kelvin
For the dining room, it’s best to buy a LED lighting fixture that generates bright light. This is important as you don’t want the guests to doze off while having a dinner. However, lighting fixtures that generate overly bright light would seem obnoxious as well.
Consider buying a lighting fixture that is dimmable. This will allow you to adjust the brightness of the light depending on the time of the day and the occasion. It is suggested that you select a lighting fixture that generates light having soft to neutral tone in the dining room for the perfect ambiance. Also, consider installing LED Chandelier fixtures that represent a combination of functionality and beautiful design.
Suggested Brightness Level for a dining room - 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for a dining room - 2900-4100K
The kitchen is a kind of a workshop where you prepare food. Most of the people start the morning in the kitchen preparing breakfast before they head off to school or office, or perform other chores inside the house. Make sure that the LED light that you select for the kitchen produces bright light for the kitchen counter. Also, you should install a dimmable overhead fixture that is less bright and has a warmer color temperature to balance out the bright light over the counters.
Suggested Brightness Level for the kitchen - 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for the kitchen - 2700-4100K
Ideally, the bathroom lighting should be bright with the color temperature ranging from warm to bright daylight. The lighting on the mirror should be bright while the ceiling lights should be less bright. Also, it’s suggested that you fix a surface mount fixture in the shower area to create the right ambiance.
Suggested Brightness Level for the bathroom - 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for the bathroom - 3000-6000K
LED Lighting for the office should be bright as this will maximize the productivity. Consider installing a cool-white light in the office that appears similar to daylight. Bright light increases serotonin production in the brain that keeps you focused, energized, and alert. Just make sure that the bright light does not cause glare on the computer screen. Also, consider buying task LED table lamps that can be used to illuminate a specific area.
Suggested Brightness Level for the office - 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature for the office - 4100-6500K
Q 4. What are the recommendations for replacing existing lights with energy-efficient LED lights?
If you want to minimize the energy bills, ideally you should replace every light with LED light. However, doing so might not be cost effective. So, it’s best that you consider replacing lights that you use the most. It is not worth replacing an existing incandescent or fluorescent light if it will be used for only a few hours in a week.
In contrast, you can significantly cut the energy bills by replacing a dozen lights that you use for several hours each day. These should be your main target when replacing existing lighting fixture to LED lights.
Q 5. What are the recommended LED lighting fixtures at Interior Deluxe?
We have a large selection of LED lights made by such highly renowned brands as Alma Light, Artemide, BELUX, Flos, Fontana Arte, Santa & Cole, Zaneen Panzeri and many others.
You can find several types of LED lighting fixtures at Interior Deluxe. These include LED wall sconces, LED ceiling lights, LED table lamps, LED floor lamps, LED pendants, LED chandeliers, LED outdoor lighting, and LED recessed lights.
Popular LED wall sconces at interior deluxe include Ledtube Wall Light from Marset, Surf Micro Wall Sconce LED from Artemide, Effetto 2 Narrow Beam 5° Outdoor Wall Sconce from Artemide, and AWL.41.1 Wall Sconce from LumenArt.
The most popular LED ceiling lights at interior deluxe include Modul R 36 LED recessed light from Nimbus, Virtus Ceiling Light from Axo, Modul Q 49 ceiling light - surface mount from Nimbus, and CL 101 GX53 Ceiling Luminaire from SLV Lighting.
LED table lamps not just illuminate the rooms, they also add to the beauty of the place. Popular LED table lamps at interior deluxe include Tab LED Table Lamp and Mini Kelvin Led table lamp from Flos, Pixo Table Lamp from Pablo Designs, and Empatia Table Lamp from Artemide.
You can use LED floor lamps for both task and ambient lighting. Popular floor lamps that are a hit among the customers include Topolino LED floor lamp from Baltensweiler, Light Stick floor lamp from Catellani, and Smith Brazo floor lamp from Pablo Designs, and 9680 LED Swing Arm Floor Lamp from Holtkotter.
LED pendant lights inject vibrant style and increase the appeal of any space. They look great in both residential and commercial settings. Some of the recommended LED pendant lights include Drop pendant light from Anta, Cielo Pendant from Pablo Designs, Orb 1-Light Pendant from Sonneman, and Honeycomb 3 Modules Pendant Light LED from LucePlan.
LED chandeliers are recommended for the dining room and living room. You can also install the LED chandeliers on the hallways to illuminate the place and greatly add to the appeal of the overall home décor. Suggested LED chandeliers include Cellula LED Chandelier B from Anthologie Quartett, Cielo Chandelier 3 Light from Pablo Designs, Delphinus VVP21311BZ Industrial Mixed-Media LED Pendant Light from Vonn Lighting, Bourg-Helene chandelier from Segno Lighting.
We also have a large selection of LED outdoor lighting to illuminate and decorate outdoor spaces such as garden, portico, swimming pool area and others. The suggested LED light for outdoor settings include Effetto 2 Narrow Beam 5° Outdoor Wall Sconce from Artemide, Slotbox 40 Bollard Light from SLV Lighting, Ipnos LED Outdoor Lamp from Flos, and Modul Q 9 Aqua LED outdoor ceiling light from Nimbus.
When shopping for a LED lighting fixture you should stick to well-known brands instead of non-name deals. These lighting solutions last for a long time without requiring a replacement. You must remember that every lighting fixture has different circuitry. While the bulbs may last for the expected 25,000 hours, the electronics of the lighting fixture may fail.
Lighting fixtures made by well-known brands that have been mentioned in this guidebook are of premium quality build having a high overall life. You can have a number of choices when it comes to buying branded LED lighting fixtures from Interior Deluxe.