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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Product Spotlight: 11 Watt A19 LED Lamp by Philips

At Energy Saving Lighting, we’re dedicated to helping our customers choose the best lighting option for their needs. To help in this process, we’ll be publishing a product spotlight each month, highlighting a product we think our customers will enjoy. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on the Philips 11 Watt A19 LED Bulb.

This LED light bulb replaces incandescent light bulbs up to 60 Watts, and really makes a perfect replacement for any 60 Watt incandescent lamp because of its light output of 800 lumens. The bulb is suitable for use in dimmers and damp locations, but you’ll want to avoid using it for wet location environments, it is listed for damp locations like your screened in or covered porch, just be sure it is not in direct contact with water. Also using in and enclosed fixture can dramatically reduce the life of the bulb.

One of the things that impresses us the most about this lamp is its long life. After 25,000 hours of operation, this bulb is still rated to put out about 70 percent as much light as it did brand new. That long life means this bulb is a great value: If you burn your bulb an average of 12 hours a day, the bulb will last for more than 5 years, saving you $107.75 over an incandescent bulb with the same light output. That’s a great deal, considering that this bulb only costs $19.69. Additionally, this bulb has no lead or mercury, so when it’s time to dispose of it, you’ll be able to do it without harming our environment.

With a color temperature of 2700K, this bulb offers a warm white light that is great for reading or relaxing. A bulb of this color temperature is one of the best at replacing incandescent bulbs because it offers a similar inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

We recommend to all of our customers that they do their research before they buy an LED light bulb. It’s important to make sure the bulb will fit your applications and provide you with the energy savings you want. We also recommend making sure you buy light bulbs produced by an established manufacturer who you can trust to be around for years to come. Established manufacturers, like Philips, design great bulbs so they can continue to build their reputation, whereas newer manufacturers may just be in the business to make a quick profit.

Have more questions about LED lighting? Leave us a comment and we’ll help you find an answer.

How Homeowners Can Switch to LED Lighting

Do you think you might be ready to switch to LED lighting in your home? Maybe you’ve been interested in saving money, or perhaps you’re hoping to reduce your carbon footprint. Whatever the reason might be, if you want to transition to LED lighting, you should do a little research before you dive in.

Why Switch to LED lighting?

There are many reasons to switch to LED bulbs, but the three that sway the most homeowners are:

  • Energy efficiency — LED lamps are about four times more efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Save money each month with a lower electric bill.
  • Long Life — These bulbs have an incredibly long life. The many LED bulbs can provide up to 50,000 hours of light.
  • Environmentally Friendly — Unlike compact fluorescents, LED lights are made with non-toxic, recyclable materials.

How Should You Begin the Transition?

Start with a small project when you decide to switch to energy efficient lighting. Think about transitioning one or two rooms at first and then switching to LED bulbs in the rest of the house. Choose a room or two that you use most often and change out those old bulbs for the newer technology.

What Should You Look For?

When you’re picking new LED bulbs, look at the color temperature for the lamp. Warm/SoftWhite bulbs (which come at a Kelvin temperature between 2500 and 3000K) are great at replacing incandescent bulbs and offer a inviting and comfortable atmosphere. They’re perfect for reading and relaxing. Cool, Bright White bulbs (with a Kelvin temperature between 3500 and 4100K) are a good choice in commercial offices because of the bright, clean light they give. Daylight/Natural bulbs (the coolest bulbs, at 5000-6500K) give off a crisp bright light that is good for outdoor or industrial applications.

Use the Lighting Facts label to learn more about the light bulb you’re buying. We’ve put together a chart to help you navigate this label and find the important points:

In the end, the most important thing to remember when buying LED light bulbs is to do your research. Be sure to find a reputable manufacturer who offers a lighting facts label so you can find the right light bulb for your home.

Have questions about LED light bulbs? Leave us a comment and we’ll help!