HAVE YOU STOOD IN A STORE LIGHTING AISLE HOLDING A BURNED-OUT LIGHTBULB COMPLETELY AT A LOSS?
Rest assured that you are not the only one trying to navigate the confusion of today’s lightbulb aisle. As recently as five years ago you could bring a burned out 100w incandescent bulb and find an exact match at the local store. Now, good luck trying to make that exact match. While LED is the most popular today you will still find plenty of CFL, Incandescent, and Halogen options.
There are big benefits with the most popular choice today of LED lighting. LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy to produce the same amount of light as their incandescent predecessors so as a result they have much lower wattage numbers. While LED bulbs cost more, they also last 25 times longer than their predecessors which will save money in the long run.
Here are some important terms to understand as you consider what type of bulb you need.
Watts measure energy consumption
Incandescent wattage ranges from 40 to 120 and is the amount of energy a light bulb uses. LED wattage range is much less.
Know the maximum wattage of your light fixture, exceeding that wattage can be extremely dangerous.
Lumens measure light output
Lumens range from 450 up to 2600 and is the real measure for light output. The higher the number the brighter the light.
Kelvin measures color