For most of us, choosing the ideal light bulb was down to the number of watts. The more the watts, the brighter and warmer they were. Technology has finally caught up with us, and the conventional incandescent light is slowly being phased out of the shelves.
LED lights have revolutionized lighting, especially in gardening. They are energy efficient, durable and long-lasting. They have also been proven to increase the yield of fruits, plants, and vegetables when used as the light source for growing.
But just how do you choose the right LED?
Factors to Weigh when choosing the Right LED Light
Here are some of the most important things to consider when selecting the best grow light:
The right LED is sufficiently bright for what you need them for. You will get the number of lumens in a light form the Facts label – no more wattage. You are likely to find wattage equivalent to the packaging to make it easier for you.
If you have 100W incandescent, then you will need a 1600 lumen LED to match it.
The appearance of the light is often denoted as Kelvin. It is the color temperature of the bulb. Typically, table lamps are around a warm of 3000K. For those rooms where you perform tasks such as the laundry, a 5000K LED will make it easier for you.
LEDs mostly come with a stated long life. However, this is only possible if the device has a way of disseminating the significant amount of heat produced in the process. Otherwise, the bulb may become too hot and destroy its components.
If you are looking to buy a light for an enclosed fixture, then make sure the LED is made for that specific fixture.
Buy the Right Accessories
The new LED lights are very much different from the incandescents you are used to having around. Therefore, make an effort to change everything that you used with the old lights. This means changing that old dimmer switch for an LED compatible one – out with the old and in with the new!
Do you need to go smart?
Not all LEDs are smart. In other words, not all of them will respond to Google Home or Alexa from the voice command. The intelligent bulbs are pricier but are quite convenient and easy to use. As such, you can program them to go on and off at sunrise and sunset without intervention.
There are different varieties of smarts, and you must be sure of the one you want. Some will need a hub while others are Bluetooth-powered. Others are Wi-Fi enabled and hubless. It may not seem essential to get a connected bulb at this point but remember that these bulbs are made to last, and it would not be a bad idea to have a connected one to flow with the changing times.