Don’t get me wrong: halogen bulbs, still too present among distributors, are equipment of the past. The bulbs and LED spots are the future of lighting and the most environmentally friendly solution to light. They offer a variety of models and various comforts of light. Overview.
Prices fell a lot these past two years and the electricity savings they generate can refund your purchase in less than two years, while the life expectancy of these bulbs can exceed 15 years.
Why Give Up the Halogen Bulbs?
Lit several hours a day, our 20 sources of light per home aspire to more than 10% of our consumption of electricity if we train station.
Halogen bulbs, sometimes described as misleading and illegally in “eco-halogen”, are close to the old incandescent bulbs and will be forbidden to commercialization in 2018.
A service life of only two years, they are very effective in energy and very far from the performance of the LED.
They are, in fact, bulbs and spots which are the poorest on the market. Basically, these bulbs there heat more they light.
Today there are more economic and ecological alternatives that allow to divide consumption by ten. The other advantage of LEDs is that they last on average much longer than halogens.
Bulbs for domestic use must be labeled since 1998 and their packaging to indicate the energy efficiency of products.
Since 2012, incandescent bulbs the most energy-consuming (rated E, F and G) have been removed from the market. Halogen bulbs are now classified in C and D.
Since September 2013, the labels also cover the spots and integrate new performance A + and A ++ classes that cannot be reached by the models led.
Energy savings in which you participate by choosing LEDs are far from negligible on a collective level.
If the 80 million inefficient light bulbs halogen purchased in 2012 in France had been LED such as recommended by the Guide Topten, saving electricity over the life of these light bulbs would have represented as much as all Parisians’s annual electricity consumption.
How to Choose the LED Bulbs?
End of 2015, the market offers a wide variety of bulbs and LED spot allowing you to choose domestic lighting best suited to your tastes, your equipment and your comfort.
Compatibility of the LED with your light media
Many LED models are available in standard nerve: small or large cap (E14 LED bulb and E27 LED bulb) or bayonet (B22 LED bulb).
There is also a nice variety of LED spotlights for directional lighting (GU10 base) normal voltage or low voltage (base GU5.3/MR16). Attention for the spots to check the angle of lighting you need.
Most of the light bulbs or LED spots are not compatible with dimmers to light.
There are however models specifically designed to work with a dimmer even if they are not necessarily adaptable to all types of drives. Therefore, check the information posted on the package and do not hesitate to ask the manufacturer if necessary.
LED Bulbs on An Old Candlestick in Crystal?
It’s quite possible. There are today a wide variety of shape and appearance: form flame or rounded shape, transparent or frosted glass. Take the test: If you choose your new bulbs, no one should notice the difference.
With the LED, More Or Less Warm Lighting
When you buy an LED bulb for general lighting of your pieces, you can choose a more or less warm white tone. The hue of the light emitted by the bulb is expressed in degrees Kelvin.
A value between 2000 and 3000 K corresponds to a tint ‘warm white’ similar to the hue of the old incandescent bulbs (slightly yellow).
A value around 4000 to 5000 K corresponds to a hue “cool white”, closer to the light of day but often judged too ‘clinical’ by french consumers. It’s a shade similar to that of the white neon tubes.
The hue ‘warm white’ is, by far, the most popular in France. Attention to the promotions at major distributors that often focus on bulbs lights “cool white”.
What Is Color Rendering Index
Index rendering of color, or IRC, is the ability of a light source to render the differences between colors of the visible spectrum. It is expressed as a percentage, 100% is considered a perfect rendering.
The European regulation today to all LED bulbs have a made correct colors, IE an IRC of at least 80%. However, some professionals, such as architects or designers, can carry a specific interest in this feature when buying and search possibly higher values.
Life and Number of Supported Ignitions
Most of the LED display a lifetime of at least 15,000 hours, which is already a lot compared to the old light bulbs and halogen.
It may be wise to put next declared life and the price of the bulb when you compare two models.
We recommend also to pay attention to the numbers of ignitions supported if it equip places of passage such as for example the corridors, bath or toilet. A value greater than 50,000 means that the model must be able to withstand at least two cycles to turn on/off per hour for use on average.
A Buying Guide to Help You When Choosing LED
Of course, all LED bulbs are not equal. The price of an LED bulb is very variable and often depends on the quality of its electronic components. Attention to too cheap bulbs, at least check its performance: class energy, life duration and number of supported ignition.
Remember that a quality bulb will consume less and more long allowing an investment to be more profitable.
Topten Guide has selected for you in its category “bulbs” the best-performing models for domestic lighting among the many references that can be found in the store.
You will find sixty references classified according to the format of bulb (flame, classic, spot) and the lighting power. All emit a light of type “warm white” because that’s the type of lighting that search the vast majority of french consumers.
These same selections of bulbs are available from the application ecoGator, a free Smartphone app that also evaluates the performance of any model from its energy label. So go today for what is best in economic lighting!