If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, eventually those bulbs will burn out. And there will come a day when you will need to purchase new ones. But instead of buying a new pack of incandescent bulbs, you may want to consider officially making the switch to LEDs.
But there are some things you should know before making the switch. The more you know, the less confused you will be in making the right purchasing decision.
The first question you may ask yourself is why make the switch in the first place? There are two primary reasons:
- LEDs use far less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and,
- LEDs have a much longer lifespan (20+ years)
When you’ve purchased incandescent bulbs in the past, the only decision you’ve needed to make is which brightness to buy. You will probably use the same decision factors when purchasing LEDs but your thought process will need to be altered.
When buying incandescent bulbs, we have been conditioned to look at that wattage which is a relative indication as to how bright the bulb will be. But the same can’t be said for LEDs.
But first, a bit of knowledge. Most people believe that wattage actually represents the brightness of an incandescent bulb but in reality, it actually refers to how much electricity the bulb uses. Regardless, it is widely accepted that the more watts in an incandescent bulb, the brighter it is.
But with LEDs, wattage isn’t a good indicator of brightness. Let’s take a look at an example. A 60 watt incandescent bulb is comparable to an 8 to 12 watt LED bulb. Since those numbers are significantly lower, it would be difficult to use wattage as an indicator of brightness.
That’s where lumens come in. A lumen is the true measurement of brightness provided by a light bulb. And that is the number you should look for when shopping for LEDs.
Interestingly enough, when comparing wattage between incandescent and LED bulbs, an incandescent can use five times as many watts as an LED with the same number of lumens. That fact alone should really get you in the mindset to officially make the switch from incandescent bulbs to LEDs.