At Lighting One, our member showrooms have helped countless customers find the perfect LED lighting options for their homes and businesses. LEDs have made finding bright, functional lights easier than ever, but there are still a few myths out there that we see come up again and again. When it comes to LEDs, it’s important to be informed so that you can make the best decisions about updating and improving your lighting at home or at the office.
Myth #1 – LEDs Have No Color Temperature Variety
True, LED bulbs can produce very bright, very white light, but that’s not the only color temperature available. You can find LEDs in a variety of color temperatures, from warm yellow to cool blue. As with other bulbs, LEDs will tell you what “shade of white” or color temperature they are, ranging on the Kelvin scale from 2200K to 5000K. This means you can incorporate LEDs into every space in your home or office!
Warm Glow (2200-2700K) ⬎
Soft White (2700K) ⬎
Bright White (3000K)⬎
Cool White (4000K)⬎
Myth #2 – LEDs Cost Too Much
The price of an LED light bulb might be higher than an incandescent or CFL bulb, but those price points are quickly drawing closer together. Also, the amount you can save over the life of the LED bulb is often much higher than its traditional counterparts. LEDs require much less energy to operate, which means your energy bills should be lower month over month. You also shouldn’t have to replace your LED bulbs as often as other bulbs, which means you’re only buying a few each year, instead of several incandescent or CFLs.
Myth #3 – LEDs Aren’t As Bright As Other Bulbs
There are some who still think that because LEDs use fewer watts that they’re not as bright as incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. While it’s true that they use fewer watts, LEDs are designed to produce more lumens. Lumens are a measurement of light output, while watts are a measurement of power consumption. This means that a 15W LED can be just as bright as a 60W incandescent!
Myth #4 – LEDs Can’t Be Dimmed
While it’s true that certain LED bulbs can’t be dimmed, there have been advances in LED technology to include bulbs that can. When shopping at your local lighting showroom, look for dimmable options or ask a staff member to help you. You’ll also need to make sure that the fixture you’re using is compatible with dimmable LEDs, and that your dimmer switches are up-to-date. Visit a Lighting One affiliated showroom to ensure your lighting system is ready for dimmable LEDs!
Myth #5 – LEDs Can’t Be Used Outside
Some homeowners are wary about using LED bulbs outside, because they believe that heat and cold will negatively affect them. In reality, LEDs can be more efficient in colder temperatures, so using them outside isn’t an issue. As for high temperatures, which can affect electrical components, there can be negative effects on LEDs, but no more than there would be with incandescent or CFL bulbs that are rated for outdoor use.
Find New LEDs Today
If you’re interested in outfitting your home with LED bulbs, or you have questions about how to incorporate them into your lighting design, then visit your local Lighting One affiliated showroom today!