Below list are some of the questions that we are often asked by customers. Please contact us if you need any additional information before, during or after your installation.
Q: Are LEDs expensive?
A: There is a lot of solid state technology inside the bulbs. All LED chips are low voltage so an AC style replacement bulb has a driver built into the bulb to convert AC to DC. In addition if the bulb is dimmable there is additional circuits to make the bulbs dimmable. The good news is that is installed in a pot light or track light with enough ventilation to keep the bulb at normal temperatures the LED replacement bulbs we sell are rated to last 50,000 hours. This means that the bulbs, if left on for 12 hours a day, will run for 12 years. Not so expensive when you factor in the lifespan and the energy costs.
Q: How bright are led light bulbs?
A: Led bulbs available for standard fixtures vary in brightness from less than 50 lumens up to about 1200 lumens. The brightest led bulbs for standard fixtures are the floodlights and spotlights. The brightest of these uses about 25 watts and produces light comparable to a 120-watt incandescent.
The brightest LED bulbs with approximately the same size and shape as ordinary incandescent bulbs produce up to 600 lumens. With a few exceptions these bulbs are somewhat directional so they are most effective when pointed at the area to be illuminated
Q: SMD strip light, where do I cut?
A: The SMD strips can be cut at every set of 3 lights allowing you to trim the size by about 1.50" per cut. Please refer to the cut sheet you received with the lights to be sure the light is in the proper orientation so you cut them in the right place.
Q: How do I convert my existing fixture to an LED fixture?
A: It is as easy as changing the bulb. If you are using halogen or incandescent bulbs in your existing recessed lights (pot lights) or track lights you can just change the bulb to an LED equivalent. LED AC bulbs are available with a standard E26 screw type base of a GU10 base. A PAR30 and PAR20 LED bulb is the same size as a standard bulb. A LED GU10 may be slightly longer than the halogen it is replacing. This is never an issue with a recessed pot light but could cause a concern if you have a track light with a ring that fits over the face of the bulb to hold it in. Many are adjustable but some are not.
Q: DO LEDs give off heat?
A: This is a common question about LED lights. It is true that an LED bulb runs significantly cooler than a halogen or an incandescent bulb. The LED bulb projects very little heat forward. LED's lamp designs use heatsink to move heat away from the LED junction to allow the LED to remain at their optimum operating temperature. If the bulb was lit for 24 hours you could touch the face of the bulb and it would just be warm. You will not be standing under an LED light and feel heat on your head. The heat is transferred to the heat sync part of the bulb. You will notice that the back of an LED replacement bulb is metal. This is the heat sync that keeps the LED chip from overheating. Because of this you want to be sure there is ventilation in the housing so the heat has a way to escape.
Q: Is there a warm up period for the LED bulb to reach its full brightness?
A: No! Unlike CFL bulbs, LED bulbs turn on at full power without any warm up.
Q: Do LED lamps produce UV?
LED lamps do not produce any UV although it is possible to buy LEDs that are specifically designed to produce UV of certain frequencies. Please review our technical note on LEDs and UV