5 tips to choose the perfect Supacell LED for you
In a world with so many options for… well, everything, even choosing a light bulb has become a challenge. If you’ve already decided to go with the trend and narrow it down to LEDs, there are still some factors to consider before taking your money out of your pocket. Why? Because more than ever, there’s an overwhelming number of LED options, even within the same providing manufacturer.
Until now, when we went shopping for bulbs, we were used to looking for watts – or in other words, how bright will the light bulb be? What you don’t know is that contrary to common belief, wattage is not an indicator for brightness, but a measurement of how much energy the bulb draws. To get things even more complicated, when it comes to LEDs, watts aren’t such a great predictor of how bright the bulb will be. The brightness of LEDs is determined a bit differently. So, first step:
1. Learn the language
When purchasing a LED bulb, don’t look for watts, but for LUMENS!
The lumen (lm) is the measure of the total amount of visible light to the eye from a light source. The more lumens per watt, the more efficient and up to date the technology. So how much light do you want to have in your home or office?
Here is a chart to give you an idea:
2. To dim or not to dim
Of course you want it dimmable. If you have that option, then why not? But you might have a surprise while you get back home, smiling confused with the newly purchased LED bulb in your hand. You might find out that the one you have is not compatible with traditional dimmers (so find one that is) or that you will have to replace your current dimming switch. So before complicating your existence, find out what you already have installed.
If you’re like me, you probably have no idea what kind of dimming switch you have – the best advice I got at that point was just to buy LED bulbs that are compatible with standard incandescent dimmers.
3. Choose your colour
Do you want to redecorate your home or your office? Do you want to highlight different objects? Do you want to bring some spark to your garden? Depending on the purpose, you can choose different ranges of colours – the warm whites for that home-ish feeling, day whites for environments for a natural lighting or cool whites in order to get that icy look (especially if you need a place where special focus is required – this is the one you want to get!)
4. Location, location, location
When I first engaged in the LED experience and still was a newbie to it, I must admit that this didn’t even come to my mind. But after doing some research, I found some great advice. As I said before, LEDs are well known for producing less heat, but that doesn’t mean they don’t produce ANY heat. They also get hot – but the heat is dissipated by the heat sink in the base of the bulb, this way prolonging their life span.
But this where you need to be careful: the LED needs a way to diffuse all that heat – so if you place it in an enclosed housing, goodbye long life! The heat won’t have anywhere to go, so guess what? It will go right back to the bulb.
In other words, pick your location carefully, or if you have enclosed spaces you need to light up, search for LEDs that are approved for such environments.
5. Choosing the perfect shape
So you want a LED bulb, but you have no idea which one would fit your purpose best. What goes best with the lamp on your desk? Which are the ones especially designed for the outdoor? Does the same spotlight you use in the living room go also in the bathroom just as well? Where can you use the candle shaped bulb? Is your head already spinning?
Then check out our catalogue here:
We have categorized our products according to your needs, just to make your job easier. Happy shopping!