Frequently Asked Questions about LED Lighting
1. What are Energy Saving LED bulbs?
All the bulbs on this site are energy efficient LED bulbs that can be used to replace existing light bulbs in your home, office or business and dramatically reduce what you currently spend on your lighting bill.
2. What are they and how do they work?
LED bulbs are essentially high-tech versions of LED technology that you've seen in early calculators and watches. Essentially, they are electronic devices with mini transformers, chip-sets and light-emitting diodes (LED) that converts electricity into light. They do this extremely well and efficiently, converting most of the energy consumed into light and very little into heat. On the other hand, standard incandescent bulbs convert most of the energy consumed into heat and very little into light. That is why a 8 Watt LED bulb produces as much light as a 65 Watt incandescent bulb.
3. What are the benefits of replacing your ordinary bulbs with the Energy Saving LED bulbs?
The benefits are many. An immediate reduction in your electricity bill. Less heat because LED bulbs are very efficient converting electricity into light, unlike incandescent bulbs that convert most of the electricity consumed into heat. LED Bulbs last a very long time, typically 30,000-50,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs usually last 1000-2000 hours. They are virtually indestructible and they don't contain mercury and other hazardous chemicals, un-like Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL's) that need to be disposed of carefully when their life is over. Also, 90-95% of an LED bulb is recyclable.
4. Can LED Energy Saving bulbs be used with Dimmers?
Yes. The bulbs we sell on our site work well with simple dimmer or electronic dimmer switches. However, not all bulbs are dimmable, and therefore, you can only use bulbs that are designed to be dimmed in a dimmable fixture. Using an non-dimmable bulb in a dimmable application will void the warranty and will fail prematurely.
5. Do these light bulbs produce a lot of heat?
NO! They are extremely energy efficient and convert most of the electricity used into visible light, unlike incandescent bulbs that convert 95% of the electricity consumed into heat. That is why you can replace a 65 watt incandescent bulb with a 8 watt LED bulb. Not only that, but you can't forget that your cooling bill will also decrease when you use LED light bulbs because LED bulbs produce very little heat. 45 incandescent bulbs (65 watts) when turned on can produce as much as 10,000 btu's of heat. And in the summer, this adds to the heat to your home, office or business that you then have to offset with air-conditioning.
6. Do they contain any heavy metals like Mercury as some other energy saving light bulbs do?
No. LED bulbs do not contain mercury or any other hazardous metals or chemicals. CFL's, on the other hand, do. So you don't have to worry about special disposal procedures when you happen to drop and break an LED bulb (if you can). However, the same can't be said for CFL bulbs if they break. Think about that when you have CFL's around young children.
7. What is the color of the light emitted from LED Energy Saving bulbs? Are they the normal yellowish tone or are they white/blue in color?
LED Bulbs come in a variety of colors, but we chose the most popular colors for normal home and business use. Typically that is our Day White or Natural White color. LED bulbs have come a long way, and they are not just available in the blu-ish white color that was the only option with earlier designs.
8. Do these bulbs come with bayonet bases or are only screw type bases?
LED Bulbs are the perfect retro-fit for your existing light fixtures. We have standard bases, candelabra, mogul, E37, MR16 and other typical bases that are common with incandescent and halogen installations.
9. What are the sizes of the bulbs? How do they operate in comparison to the original light bulbs?
In most cases, are bulbs are the same size if not slightly smaller than the bulbs they replace. That is because LED technology packs a lot of light in a small package.
10. Are LED Energy Saving bulbs those ugly curly, twisted bulbs that stick out of our light fittings?
No. Those spiral bulbs are CFL bulbs, and they need to be spiral because that is the way fluorescents need to be to work. They need a tube of gas that excites and lights up when electricity is introduced. LED bulbs contain small, solid Light Diodes. No magical twirls and twists here.
11. Will the bulbs come on immediately, and will they have to "warm up" to brightness like the older type energy saving bulbs do?
Instant On. Instant Off. No 2-minute warm up period that is the trademark of CFL bulbs. Also, turning on and off an LED light does not shorten its lifespan.
12. Can these bulbs be used in outside lights?
Yes. Some bulbs are designed with water-proof fittings. Others need to be kept in a water-tight fixture. Read all instructions and manuals before using a LED bulb outdoors.
13. Will the light levels decrease over the life of the bulb?
Yes. They will fade as the bulb gets near the end of its normal operating life. But it is very gradual and hardly noticeable.