Thursday, 2 August 2012

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The various LED lighting categories

LED bulbs are the future of home lighting and have already become the preferred lighting means for major corporations. The major benefit that these lights provide are not the beauty or design options they provide, but the saving of electricity and the luminosity provided for the room.
Because LED’s are so small, they can be used in any combination to provide different types of lights for various purposes. Some of the popular designs of LED lights have been discussed below:

  Diffused lights 
   This type of LED bulb includes a cluster of LEDs which are covered by a dimpled lens used to spread the light outwards over a wider area. Mainly available in the standard Edison base structure, these bulbs are for multipurpose usage, for example as area lighting for expansive rooms and halls, reading lamps, porches,  accent lamps, hallways, ball rooms, and low-light applications wherever lights need to remain on for long periods of time.

Dimmable globe bulbs
The globe bulb was designed for bathroom vanities or store rooms, or even seminar halls or movie theatres, these bulbs can produce light equal to a 40 Watt incandescent bulb, while only consuming about 10 watts of power. Providing dimming facility ranging from 100% to 10% luminosity, these lights have about a 200 degree beaming angle, retrofitted to cast light over a wider area.

    Track lighting
Track lights are mainly needed in corporate environments or in showrooms where certain lines are on specific display. LEDs are perfect for track lighting, being available in standard Edison base or pin base structuring. Since LEDs don’t contribute to the heat buildup in a room no matter how long they remain on, they do not get hot to human touch, thus reducing the danger to kids. Also, because they are around 90% more efficient than incandescent lights, and last about 10 times longer than CFL lighting, the frequency of changing these bulbs is also greatly reduced.

    Flood reflector
The LED lights are now available for the standard, recessed lighting shades, housings and pots. They may range from around 7.5 to 17 watts, with their beam widths ranging from PAR 20 to PAR 38. Several of these models are available with dimming options as well. These can be used as decorative pieces around the house, or even on the porch or the garden. Because of the lack of heat production and long lasting nature of these bulbs, they are preferred over their CFL and incandescent predecessors.

    Flame tip Candelabra base bulb
These LED bulbs were designed to replace the incandescent bulbs. These flame tip LED lights are capable of delivering the equivalent of 30 watt incandescent light while only drawing 3 to 4 watts of power. Because it has a heat sink in its base, the light doesn't disperse downwards like in a typical incandescent bulb.

    LED Tube light
This was designed to replace CFL tube lights. The LED tubes are available to the public in 8 or 16 watts, which is better than the traditional 25 and 40 watt fluorescent tubes. As they are used in high commercial ceilings, the replacement charges of these bulbs are also greatly reduced.

Author Bio:
The author of this article is Lucas Barros, a freelance writer, who writes for tilstandsrapport, a Danish ISO 9001-certified company.
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