Is it as simple as just changing a lamp?

As your incandescent lamp burns out, consider switching to LED. By now, you probably know that LEDs have an impressive lifespan (20+ years!) and are very cost-effective.

PhilGriffithsBy Phil Griffiths, Allied Lighting.

Despite the higher cost than a standard lamp, now’s the right time to switch to LEDs. These lamps have made significant advances over the last few years, finally delivering the warm light which incandescent has comforted us with for decades.

More than ever, there is an overwhelming number of LED varieties, and choosing an LED is entirely different from picking up an incandescent. Before you head to the store, find out what you need to know about choosing the right LED Lamp.

Contrary to common belief, wattage isn’t an indication of brightness, but a measurement of how much energy the lamp draws. For incandescent, there is an accepted correlation between the watts drawn and the brightness, but for LEDs, watts aren’t a great predictor of how bright the lamp will be. For example, the right LED lamp with comparable brightness to a 50-watt incandescent is only 4 to 6 watts.

But don’t bother doing the math: there isn’t a uniform way to convert incandescent watts to LED watts. Instead, a different form of measurement should be used: lumens. The lumen is the real measurement of brightness provided by a light lamp, and is the number you should look for when shopping for LEDs.

This is only one of the things to consider when looking at converting your home or work place to LED. Allied Lighting is an innovative company pioneering the use of cutting edge LED lighting solutions across the UK and Europe. We have been helping all types of business and homes reduce their energy bills, maintenance costs and carbon footprint for years.