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Sunday, September 1, 2013


Product Spotlight:  Picking The Right Lamp For Your Recessed Ceiling Lights.

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 LED Reflector Lamps to replace your existing incandescent lamps in your recessed can lights.

We will be reviewing three different styles of LED Bulbs that can replace your existing recessed ceiling fixtures. Most houses today have many recessed can fixtures in the ceiling, and most of them have a Incandescent or possibly a Compact Fluorescent Lamp installed in them. 



Some of the many benefits of switching to LED lamps include:


  • Long Life (Most LED lamps have a lifetime of a minimum of 20,000 hours up to 50,000 hours compared to Incandescent Lamps which have an average of 1000 hours.  You would need to change that incandescent lamp up to 20 to 50 times over the lifetime of an LED lamp)
  • Reducing Your Power Bill (The heat dissipated from an incandescent lamp can produce heat that can drive up your power bill by increasing the ambient temperature of your home increasing your power bill)
  • Safe and Non-Toxic (Compact Fluorescent lamps have a certain amount of mercury that can be harmful to your health and be harmful to the environment)

Color Temperature:

Color temperature is a  measurement in degrees Kelvin that indicates the hue of a specific light source.  LED products come in many various shades of color. Below is a chart of each kelvin temperature color and its cooresponding color hue. 



Any time you are picking a color temperature for your LED Lamps you want to pick a warm temperature in the range of 2700K to 3000K. 2700K is going to be the warmest and most pleasing light for your household and is considered to be the most similar to your existing incandescent light bulb.


4 Inch Trim
R20 Philips LED
R20 LED BulbsThese LED Light Bulbs replace incandescent light bulbs up to 50 Watt in 4 inch recessed cans, and really makes a perfect replacement for any 50 Watt incandescent lamp because of its light output of 550 lumens. 

Philips Lighting makes one of the top selling LED replacement lamps and is our recommendation to use in your household. You can replace a 50 watt incandescent R20 with an 8 watt LED and save 42 watts per lamp. That equates to $18.40 savings per year running at .10 per kilowatt hour.



5 to 6 Inch Trim

R30 Philips LED
R30 LED BulbsThese LED Light Bulbs replace incandescent light bulbs up to 65 Watt in 5 to 6 inch recessed cans, and really makes a perfect replacement for any 65 Watt incandescent lamp because of its light output of 730 lumens and they are fully dimmable. 

Philips Lighting makes one of the top selling LED replacement lamps and is our recommendation to use in your household. You can replace a 65 watt incandescent R30 with an 13 watt LED and save 52 watts per lamp. That equates to $22.47 savings per year running at .10 per kilowatt hour.

Philips also offers a less expensive version that is 9.5 watts, but is not a dimmable bulb.



5 to 6 Inch Trim

R40 Philips LED
R40 LED BulbsThese LED Light Bulbs replace incandescent light bulbs up to 65 Watt in 5 to 6 inch recessed cans, and really makes a perfect replacement for any 65 Watt incandescent lamp because of its light output of 800 lumens and they are fully dimmable. 

Philips Lighting makes one of the top selling LED replacement lamps and is our recommendation to use in your household. You can replace a 65 watt incandescent R40 with an 14 watt LED and save 51 watts per lamp. That equates to $22.34 savings per year running at .10 per kilowatt hour.




The difference between the three diameters:
R20 - 3.80 Length x 2.48 Diameter
R30 - 5.16 Length x 3.74 Diameter
R40 - 6.46 Length x 4.91 Diameter

Be sure to measure your trims before making your final decision.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Induction lighting is a perfect fit for ceiling lights. Induction lights are very efficient in power consumption and costs very less than LED bulbs. Another advantage is it reduces green house emission in the environment which means less pollution. To help save the nature and precious dollars we should use induction lighting.

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