LED Lighting Basics
There are a few things that factor into the quality of an LED light bulb. For instance, LED bulbs do not “burn out” like fluorescent lights or incandescent bulbs. Over the lifetime of an LED bulb, the light dims slowly. The “lifetime” of the LED bulb is established by predicting when the light output will be decreased by 30%.
The way the LED bulb manages or dissipates heat into the surrounding environment will also determine its successful performance over its lifetime. Some do a better job of dissipating heat than others. A good rule of thumb is that if the bulb has earned the ENERGY STAR certification then you can know the bulb has been tested to ensure it dissipates heat properly and the light output will be maintained through the end of that bulb’s rated life.
LED bulbs are different from incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in that LEDs are directional light sources. This means they emit light in a specific direction whereas an incandescent or fluorescent bulb can emit light and heat in all directions.
LEDs have to be specifically engineered and designed to shine light in every direction. It’s something to be aware of when you want light directed or going out in all directions.
Energy Star Certified LED Bulbs
Here is an excerpt from EnergyStar.gov website:
“Why should I choose ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting products?
“There are more lighting options available today than ever before. Despite that, ENERGY STAR is still the simple choice to save on your utility bills.
“LED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR are subject to very specific requirements designed to replicate the experience you are used to with a standard bulb—so they can be used for a wide variety of applications…. A general-purpose LED bulb that does not qualify for the ENERGY STAR may not distribute light everywhere and could prove to be a disappointment if used in a table lamp.
“ENERGY STAR means high quality and performance, particularly in the following areas:
- Color Quality
- 5 different requirements for color to ensure quality up front and over time
- Light Output
- Light output minimums to ensure you get enough light
- Light distribution requirements to ensure the light goes where you need it
- Guidelines for equivalency claims to take the guess-work out of replacement
- Peace of mind
- Verified compliance with more than 20 requirements to address performance and labeling
- Long-term testing to back up lifetime claims
- Testing to stress the products in operating environments similar to how you will use the product in your home
- 3-year minimum warranty requirement”
You can see from the bullet points above that all LED bulbs are NOT the same. Without the ENERGY STAR certification, a bulb does not have to meet these requirements. You may have had your own experience with a grocery store bulb that said it would last 9 years and it quits working after 6 months. It probably was NOT an ENERGY STAR certified bulb.
When you upgrade your commercial property to LED lighting with Consumer Energy Solutions, know that we use only ENERGY STAR certified bulbs. Because of the way LED bulbs can be engineered, nearly ANY lighting need can be fulfilled.
If you would like more information about our LED lights, give me a call at Consumer Energy Solutions today. Call 844-277-0043 or email me at JHall@cesstaff.com.