When these LED lights first came out on the market, many were not particularly good and they didn’t produce as good a light as the bulbs they replaced. Today, LED’s used in lighting are much better than their predecessors. They are more energy efficient, last longer and importantly produce a good light. Unfortunately, there are still some of the old types of LED on the market but we only sell the latest generation of LED lights, sourced from the highest quality manufacturers.
Lumens (lm) refers to a measure of the amount of light a bulb of fitting produces. The higher the lumens, the more light is given off. Every LED we have on our website has a lumen value so you can compare the different options. However an easier way is to look at what wattage bulb the LED replaces. Again this value is shown with the product description of each lamp.
CRI or the colour rendering index refers to how well the bulb or fitting is able to accurately reproduce colours so they look as natural as possible. A higher CRI is better than a lower CRI. We do not sell products with a CRI lower than 70 and this is adequate for most applications. If however you want a light which is as close to natural daylight as possible, we suggest you choose an LED with a CRI of 80 or above. Always be wary of suppliers who do not state the CRI of their lights as the value is likely to be low, resulting in inferior light.
A complete breakdown of the characteristics of each bulb and fitting can be found in the specification section when you select a bulb or fitting.
Quite simply, a bulb or fitting with a shorter lifespan is cheaper to produce and designed for the budget conscious consumer. For most users, an led bulb with an operating life of 15,000 hours is fine to use as most people tend to use their lights for just several hours each day. If you were to use your lights for approximately 3 hours per day, 7 days a week, the bulb with a rating of 15,000 hours will last 15 years on average. All of the LED lights we supply will have paid for themselves, well within their average rated life so buying a lamp with a 15,000 hour life will still save you money whilst giving off a better light. If you have your lights on for extended periods of time, you may wish to purchase a light with a longer lifespan to get a maximum return on your investment.
Colour temperature is a standard measure of the colour of light. Certain rooms can look better with lighting in different spectrums. Kitchens and bathrooms for example tend to look better with what can be described as a cooler white, while areas where you tend to relax often have warmer white tones. This is a question of taste and everyone’s idea of what light looks better is very subjective. If you like the colour of your current lighting, a warmer white in the (2700k or 3000k) may be the choice for you. The lower the number indicates a warmer tone of light whilst a higher number indicates a cooler colour (up to 6000k). We have a colour temperature guide on the website where you can find further information.