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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Switching To LED Lights

We are familiar with LED lighting solutions being more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than any other lighting technology. However, upgrading to LED systems can cause some issues. 

We all know that LED lights operate differently, but there are few things that you need to take into consideration before the huge upgrade. Avoiding these common mistakes will ensure that you are getting the most out of your LED lighting products. 

We have put together three common mistakes that you need to keep in mind when installing the LED lighting system.

1: The Light Distribution Is Different

As a matter of fact, the difference in light distribution can be either be a blessing or a curse, and it is completely dependent on your application. LED lights are very directional due to their diodes arrangement. Hence, specifications such as beam angle and light distribution type have to be taken into consideration. 

For instance, if you are replacing an A-shape incandescent bulb with LED lighting, you might lose some downward light. So, make sure that you are replacing it with A-shape LED Consumer LED lights for home since they are omnidirectional. 

When it comes to HID bulbs (typically used in area light fixtures and wall packs), they are usually omnidirectional. In fact, most of the light emitted is lost inside the fixture. The lost light to ‘lumen bounce’ is still counted in the bulb’s initial Lumen rating. 

The LED lighting is designed in such a way that all the light is emitted outwards to where it is actually needed. Even though the Lumen rating of similar fixtures might appear different on paper, the LED fixture will still provide a similar bright light. 

2: The Color Appearance

When upgrading to LED lighting technology, make sure that you are comparing the Lumens of your current bulbs with the new LED lights. Initially, you can begin by comparing the wattage to the LED wattage equivalent. However, comparing Lumen output will provide you with a better understanding of how bright the LED lights will be.

On the other hand, the color appearance of the emitted light is measured in Kelvin. In case you want to match the color appearance of your existing lighting system with the LED lighting system, note the LED Kelvin color temperature

Usually, the fluorescent tubes have the color temperature printed on the side of the tube. Thus, it makes matching the LED tube light replacements easy. However, incandescent and halogen bulbs do not have any mention of their Kelvin color. But know that most to all incandescent bulbs are around 2400K to 2700K; whereas the halogen bulbs are around 3000K to 3200K. 

Buying LED lighting within the same range will help you keep a similar appearance. 

3: LEDs with an Incompatible Dimmer

Remember that not all dimmers are made equally. In other words, not all dimmer switches will work well with LED lighting systems. For instance, if you install LED lights on a circuit with a standard incandescent dimmer, you will often observe flickering, buzzing, humming or flashing of the light.

So, while installing an LED light system, make sure that you are also using compatible LED dimmer switches. Each dimmable LED light comes with dimmer compatibility. Make sure that you are using a compatible dimmer to obtain the best results from your LED lighting products.

Enjoy all the energy saving benefits of LED lighting by avoiding these common mistakes. If you need help with your LED upgrade, consult an expert lighting company in your area.

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