hange is usually met with resistance and lighting is no different. In a brief span of time, the lighting industry has shifted from incandescent lighting to CFLs, and now to LEDs. Despite the growing support for LED lighting, and legislation pushing energy efficiency, some customers are still resisting the switch. So to counter any arguments against LED lighting, here’s our response to three of the most common myths about LEDs.
1. LED Lights Aren’t As Bright As Incandescent or Halogen Bulbs
This belief is the product of either one experience or misinformation. Historically, an individual light’s brightness was determined by their wattage. Therefore a 60 watt incandescent bulb put out more light than a 40 watt bulb. LED lighting operates differently.
LED lighting actually requires less energy to produce similar levels of brightness. When measured in lumens, a measure of brightness, a 29 watt LED lamp produces approximately 2600 lumens, the same as a 150 watt incandescent. So, if you looking for the brightest lights around search for a LED with the highest lumens, not the highest wattage.
2. All LED Lighting Is Bluish White
One common misconception about LED lighting is that every bulb has the same color of light: bright white light with blue undertones. Therefore, if someone doesn’t like the bluish light of one LED bulb they assume they won’t like the light of any LED bulb. Thankfully this isn’t the case.
LED lighting is actually available in a wide range of color temperatures that determine the color of their light. Higher color temperatures, ranging from 3500K-6500K, produce either white light or bluish white light. If you’re looking for the familiar glow of incandescent lighting, look for bulbs with a 2700K-3000K color temperature. Each bulb’s color temperature should also be listed on the box to avoid any confusion when you’re making a purchase.
3. LED Lighting Costs Too Much
The upfront costs of LEDs are much more than their incandescent or even CFL counterparts. There’s no denying that. However, the true cost of a light bulb shouldn’t be measured by how much it costs at the cash register. Ideally the cost of any lighting option should be measured by the following equation:
Initial cost + Operation costs + Replacement costs= Total lighting cost
While LED bulbs initial costs are higher, they use much less energy than other lighting options which reduces their operation costs. LED lighting is also known for its longevity thus reducing the replacement costs as well. Therefore, the total cost of LED lighting is actually much smaller in the long run.
This post was originally posted by our manufacturer's TCP blog written by Scott Danielson, https://blog.tcpi.com/2013/02/08/3-myths-about-led-lighting/