Types of LEDs
When choosing an LED bulb, keep in mind the following guidelines to help you achieve exactly the type of lighting you desire:
- Estimate your desired wattage and lumen output to achieve illumination level. For example, a 6W LED is generally equivalent in output to a 40 W incandescent bulb.
- Choose between warm and cool light – LED bulbs are available in ‘cool’ white light, which is ideal for large area office, business or school lighting, and ‘warm’ light commonly used for general home, accent or small area lighting. There are a wide variety of LED bulbs with different light distribution patterns to choose from to suit your specific lighting needs.
- Standard base or pin base – LEDs are available in several types of ‘pin’ sockets or the standard “screw’ (Edison) bases for recessed or track lighting.
- Choose between standard and dimmable bulbs. As a rule of thumb, dimmable bulbs are approximately 20% more expensive than non-dimmable LED bulbs.