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Get to Know LED Bulbs

Light-emitting diode (LED) is an evolving technology that has emerged as the preferred alternative over traditional lighting methods. Like cars and clothing, LED is a category with different varieties, from light bulbs to light fixtures. Many customers visit our Hartford and Southington showrooms and are overwhelmed by the many options; our displays have over 50 models of LED bulbs! In this blog post, we help make LED simple.

Lumens vs. Wattage

It’s a common misconception that a light bulb’s wattage equates to its brightness. A bulb’s lumen output relates to how much light is produced, while wattage is all about energy consumption. Consumers are often confused by LED boxes that say “4-watt bulb equivalent to 60 watts” – this simply means that the LED bulb is more energy-efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen light bulb.

What Is Color Temperature?

In layman’s terms, a light bulb’s color temperature refers to the colored light that is produced by that individual source. On the Kelvin scale, color temperature is measured from 1,000 to 10,000K (candle flame red to clear sky blue). The vast majority of LED light bulbs we carry are either 2700 or 3000K. These “warmer” color temperatures are more prevalent in residential settings. What’s the right application for each?

  • 2700K: If your home has traditional wood tones, an incandescent bulb could wash everything out. A 2700K LED bulb is a better complement in conventional homes.
  • 3000K: For homeowners with more modern rooms and white tones will benefit from LED bulbs with a slightly higher color temperature.
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Lighting for “Home of Distinction” in Southington

Home of Distinction at the North Ridge Estates is a future show home in Southington, CT – one of our showroom locations. Constructed by Lovley Development, this community will feature 94 properties that showcase the latest materials and designs, including lighting – which Connecticut Lighting Centers is honored to provide. Sarah Cody from Fox 61 recently stopped by our showroom to explore LEDs, decorative hardware and outdoor lighting with President David Director.

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What Are the Benefits of LED Light Bulbs?

Recently our Vice President, Todd Director, appeared on Western Mass News to discuss the innovations of LED technology and choosing the right LED light bulbs for your specific needs.

The New & Improved LED Light Bulb

In the past, we used to hear customers say all the time that LED light bulbs were “ugly” because they didn’t look the same as traditional incandescent bulbs. Today, an LED light bulb is nearly identical to the styles we’re used to seeing in our homes. Available in several varieties, from bulbs to fixtures, LED light bulbs produce no heat, emit quality brightness and last much longer than a typical bulb.

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The Wonders of LED Lighting

Vice President Todd Director met with Scot Haney from Better CT to explain why our LED light bulb display at Connecticut Lighting Centers is unlike any other lighting showroom!

Why Choose LED Bulbs?

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have over 150 styles of light bulbs. Our light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs come in all different varieties, from nostalgic and retro to modern. LED bulbs are superior in performance to incandescent and halogen light bulbs, with a warmer color temperature. Measured in degrees Kelvin (K), the most prevalent color temperature for residential needs are 2700 to 3000K. LEDs no longer emit blue-tinted light, but a warm amber light that won’t wash out your living spaces. When it comes to dimming capabilities, we make sure your bulb is sold with the proper dimmer that does not change the operation of your LED bulb.

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Choosing the Right Light Bulbs

Home lighting design changes based upon our mood. In the early morning, we prefer less light because we’ve just woken up. At night, we require more light to prepare dinner, but may want minimal light when watching a movie. Lighting is thus tailored for relaxation and productivity. We rely on the light bulb as opposed to the type of fixture to control ambiance. What should you know about bulbs to light your rooms to their fullest potential?

Common Types of Bulbs

Bulbrite bulbHomeowners typically use four different types of bulbs: incandescent, compact fluorescent, halogen and light-emitting diodes.

  • Incandescent: These bulbs are lit by an electric current through a filament, which produces a warm glow.
  • CFL: Compact fluorescent light bulbs are lit by an electric current sent through a tube with argon and mercury vapor, which produces cool light.
  • Halogen: These bulbs are lit by thermal radiation from a hot tungsten filament, which produces a white light that resembles natural daylight.
  • LED: Light-emitting diode bulbs, three times more efficient than CFLs, produce blue light when a voltage is applied to negatively charged semiconductors.

There are many more types of light bulbs and subcategories within each variety, but these four are most commonly used in modern home construction.

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