Light emitting diode (commonly called LED) bulbs are some of the most energy-efficient lighting bulbs available today. In fact, it is one of the options homeowners who are still using traditional incandescent bulbs can switch to. Here are some of the things you should evaluate before purchasing LED bulbs:
Choose a Dimmable LED Bulb
Most LED bulbs aren't dimmable, especially when connected to conventional dimming switches. This is because the brightness of a typical LED bulb isn't directly proportional to the energy it draws. Yet, this is the principle in which traditional dimming switches work.
Therefore, if you want a dimmable LED bulb, you either have to buy LED bulbs that have been specifically designed to work with your dimmers. Alternatively, you may need to replace the dimmers so that they can work with LED bulbs (there are those that do). Talk to an electrical contractor from a place like Kunselman Electric, Inc to help you make the best choice.
Watch Out For the Color
Unlike other bulbs, LED bulbs come in a wide variety of colors; you can even get a purple LED color if that is what you want. However, don't let yourself be impressed by these colors and choose the wrong one for your home use. If you just want an LED bulb to replace your incandescent one or for general lighting, the color should be more or less white. However, you can get fancy colors for different rooms and purposes (for example, for decorations). Most stores will be happy to test their bulbs for you when you go shopping.
Match Your Bulbs to Your Light Fixtures
LED bulbs run cooler than incandescent bulbs, but they still produce some heat. The bulbs are designed in such a way that the heat they produce is dissipated from the base of the bulb, where a heat sink is located. For the heat dissipation to be efficient, the bulb has to be installed in a place where there is efficient air circulation. Therefore, installing a LED bulb in an enclosed space inst good; it will accelerate the deterioration of the bulb. Therefore, make sure the light fixture where the bulb is going to be installed is right for the bulb.
LED bulbs may be efficient, but they are relatively expensive. Therefore, you don't want to purchase several of these bulbs only to realize that they don't work with your fixtures or dimmers. Consult an electrician first; especially if you are gearing up for a whole house upgrade.