LED Light Bulb Buying Guide

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LED Light Bulb Buying Guide

LED lights have become a feature in the modern house due to their increased life span and less powerful output, leading to lower electricity bills for households. They provide further benefits over the traditional incandescent light bulb or compact fluorescent versions in which this guide will look at.

Because of their increased popularity with homeowners, many types of LED light bulbs have emerged onto the modern market. They vary in aspects, such as their size, shape and wattage output.

As consumers rely more and more on internet shopping for items like light bulbs, eBay is one website that should be assessed to try and find the best deals. This guide will look at buying LED light bulbs with links provided throughout to the relevant eBay pages.

What Are LED Lights?

Light-emitting diodes, or LED’s for short, are used in various forms of lighting. Although conventionally used on small electrical circuit boards as a small red light indicator, LED’s have progressed into being commonly fitted as the light source in a whole host of different light bulbs. This equates to light bulbs that are used in houses, garages or sheds, and have become the most popular type of light bulb with consumers, replacing the more awkward screw-in incandescent or newer CFL versions.

Their light output is lower compared to other types, but still capable of fully lighting up a normal sized room sufficiently. Different manufacturers may claim that their LED light bulb emits so many watts, although general-purpose models will roughly have a similar outage.

Should I Buy LED Light Bulbs?

This section looks at how buying LED light bulbs can make a smart and efficient purchase in comparison with the other two types of light bulb.

Light Output

The table below looks at the equivalent light output of LED light bulbs in contrast to their wattage and lumens value:

LED

Incandescent

CFL

Lumens

Watts

Watts

Watts

450 – 500

4 - 5

40

9 – 13

300 – 900

6 - 8

60

13 – 15

1110 – 1300

9 - 13

75

18 – 25

1600 – 1800

16 - 20

100

23 – 30

2600 – 2800

25 - 28

150

30 – 55

As you can see from the values above, LED bulbs use less energy than other types. Although they will generally be dimmer, this also means that they will last for longer. Additionally, brighter LED bulbs are being released onto the market all the time.

Energy Cost

The differing bulbs will also have varying energy efficiency levels. This will affect the energy cost of them and thus the electricity bill you pay. As LED’s give off less light and use less wattage this means that they also remain in working order for a much longer time.

An average incandescent light bulb will emit 60 watts of power. Compare that to the LED bulb that uses around 6-8 watts of power and the lifespan difference becomes apparent. Whereas the incandescent bulb will last roughly around 1,200 hours, the LED model can provide light for up to a staggering 50,000 hours.

Although LED’s are more expensive in the short run to acquire, their longevity means that over time they will prove to be more cost effective. In addition, manufacturers are consistently looking at ways to reduce the outlay of buying LED light bulbs.

Further Benefits

As well as the energy saving costs of using LED bulbs, there are further advantages to acquiring them for your home. For example, unlike compact fluorescent lights they contain no mercury, which can potentially become harmful over time. The environmental benefits also become apparent with this.

In addition, LED bulbs have no sensitivity to extreme temperatures, and are thus more reliable. They also come on to their full brightness level instantly when switched on – CFL’s take time to warm up. The heat emitted from LED’s is also at a low level, unlike incandescent bulbs that are more dangerous to touch.

Buying Considerations for LED Light Bulbs

The points below will help when coming to choose the right bulb to purchase.

· Colour: Homeowners aren’t restricted to one colour when coming to buy an LED bulb. The colour of the majority of light bulbs will be white, and can add a mellow feel to a room. Additionally, Yellow lights can be useful too, as they do not attract insects as much as their white counterparts.

· Dimmable: Although not all LED bulbs will be dimmable in terms of their brightness, those that are offer a fantastic way to control the ambience of a room. They can also help save energy when used at lower levels, thus extending the bulb’s lifespan.

· Buy Spares: Although LED’s last for a long time, some manufacturers may slightly exaggerate their actual lifespan. Bulbs can expire at the worst of times, and there is nothing worse than not having a replacement on hand.

· Base and Size: A very important aspect to consider is the base type of the bulb itself, and thus how it fits into a socket. The size dimensions are also crucial to understand and get right before committing to buy. Research from online sources how to find the correct fit.

Using eBay to Buy LED Light Bulbs

When coming to use eBay to find and make a bid on LED light bulbs, use the advice in this section to help with the process.

Search

Making a search is generally quite simple when on the eBay home page. The most relevant light bulbs for general consumers will be listed within the Home & Garden category, where from here, select the Lighting, Fans link. From the left-hand side of the page, choose the Light Bulbs category and then type in ‘LED’ into the keyword search bar. 

Narrow the Listings

Thousands of listings can be reviewed next to each other and then narrowed down in order of preference. Choose between such aspects as the colour of the light emitted, style of the bulb itself and the price range in which it needs to fall into.

Sort the Listings

As there may be countless amounts of LED bulbs that appear on the results screen, one good way to bring up the most desirable listings is to arrange the listings by certain aspects. For example, bring up the auction items in the chance of winning a bulb at a reduced amount or simply bring up the ‘buy it now’ items, so that they can be bought instantly.

Read the Description

When an appropriate bulb has been found, read the details that are provided by the seller, so you know exactly what you are committing to buy. Contacting the seller is perfectly fine if you are not sure about a bulb’s fit or lighting potential.

eBay Deals

If concerned about the price of the LED light bulb purchase, check out the Deals section of the eBay site to see if any great offers can be found.

Conclusion

Light emitting diodes have become an extremely popular bulb for lights in many homes over Australia due to their lesser wattage, extended duration and cheaper cost in the long run. Although they last longer than other types of bulbs, they will generally suffer no deterioration in performance.

Shop around to find the best deals for the desired type of light bulb. eBay has plenty of LED versions listed from numerous sellers at affordable prices. However, remember to stay safe when using the site before completing a transaction.

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