How to Choose an LED Light Bulb

Pretty, economic and with surprising features, these new generation bulbs combine the good points.

End of 2012, our good old incandescent bulb, energy too, disappeared from the market. The alternatives ? Slow ignition, dim light, can not look (remember the tubes twist!) And price prohibitive, they had nothing for them. Low consumption, okay, but the atmosphere hello! Fortunately, the halogen bulb quickly established itself, with its low price, good brightness and design mat. Las! She will be prohibited in 2018 because it consumes, too, too much energy. Fortunately, we have the LED (Light Emitting Diode), yet little known but awfully promising.

The most economical

The LED consumes 80% less energy than an incandescent bulb and lasts between 10 and 20 years.Face it, the halogen bulb – its main competitor – is no weight: only 30% savings and a life of 2 years. So even if the LED is more expensive to buy (10-20 € 3-5 against € on average), it’s worth investing.Especially the ignition is immediate and good quality light. As a bonus, some work on the drive: we rule is the same color of light ( “WarmGlow” of Philips, “Sun to Warm” of Megaman ).

A retro look is all the rage

Aesthetics, there is something for everyone: classic spherical, globe, flame, spot … Perfect to customize the lighting of the house. The envelope of the bulb may be clear, frosted for a softened light or gold for a cozy atmosphere. The current trend is the LED filaments: you’d swear a light bulb old! So pretty that no more hiding; we can even suspend, as is, to a wire fabric or colored plastic.

They light, but not only

And the LED connected, you know? We control the lighting from a tablet or smartphone: color settings and intensity, remote programming … Just install a special box ( “Hue” Philips “Lightify” of Osram, “SmartLED” of AWOX ). More surprising encores, these bulbs which incorporate a loudspeaker, a smoke detector, an essential oil diffuser or a surveillance camera (AWOX). You can not stop progress …

Expert advice

Damien Sudreau, marketing manager of Girard-Sudron

“Attention to quality”

To select an LED bulb, first look at his life: below 15,000 hours (http://www.allpubliclibraries.com/2016/08/what-you-need-to-know-about-led-bulbs/), it is not worth the shot. Then choose a scattering angle of 300 °, otherwise the bulb will light only above it. Then check the lumens, which express the light intensity: 250 to 500 for a lamp, 500 and 800 for a floor lamp, 1000 on top of a table or in the entrance. Watts, themselves, define power: 5 W equivalent to 25 W, 40 W 7 W, 9 W to 60 W. Finally, remember the color of the light (warm white or cold), kelvin : it is recommended 2700-3000 K in general, 2200 K for a subdued atmosphere. Cold white, of about 4000 K, are to book the garage .

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