The Home Owner’s Guide to LED Lighting

Whether you’re thinking about switching to LED lighting or have already decided to, it’s safe to assume you have a few questions.

You’re not alone. We did too when we first started looking into LED lamps and lighting.

As with any big change, there are questions you need answers to in order to make an informed decision.

We’re here to provide answers to your most pressing questions about LEDs.


1. How are LED lamps cost effective when they cost more than traditional types?

LED lamps may be more expensive than traditional lamps but they end up saving you more money in the long run.

Firstly, they’re long lasting which means you won’t have to change them as often as the traditional type.

Secondly, they dramatically reduce your electricity bills.

Did you know? Depending on the kind of lamps they buy, our customers typically save anywhere between 50% – 86% on their energy consumption. And you know what using less energy means. Lower electricity bills!


2. Do LED lamps fit into my existing light fittings or will I need to change them too?

For the vast majority of LED products the answer to this is yes, your LED lamps will fit into your existing fittings.

But there can be exceptions to this, physically with some existing halogen spotlights fittings and electrically with certain dimmer devices.

The good news is that there’s an easy way to check. Confirm with the company you are buying from and if you have any concerns make sure they have a money back

period in case of issues that cannot be resolved.

Well-Lit has a 365-day return policy and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. So if you have any concerns, just give us a call!


3. What’s the estimated life span of an LED light?

Typically, LED lamps last up to 25,000 hours.

Products claiming a lifespan of 40,000 – 50,000 hours are either exceptional in quality (which will reflect in their price) or are based on figures extrapolated from just a few thousand hours of operation.

Sure they might still be working at 40,000 but how bright will they be?


4. How can I tell if a LED product has made claims it can’t back?

In most cases, the price tag is a good indication. Products at the economy end of the market have reduced costs and lower quality components which impact the product’s reliability and life span.

Ironically, it’s the economy products that usually claim inflated lifespan figures.

Before you buy an LED product, don’t forget to search for product reviews online.

Hearing from people who’ve used those products will give you a clearer picture than any claims made by the company.


5. What do the Lumens and Kelvin ratings on LED products mean?

Lumens ratings indicate how “bright” the bulb will appear if you look directly at it; DON’T. Kelvin rating is a measurement to indicate the colour of light the lamp will emit.

The higher a Lumens rating is, the brighter the light will be. For Kelvin ratings, the lower the K number, the redder the light will appear and the higher the K score, the bluer the light will be.

For more details on how the quality of light is indicated through Lumens and Kelvin ratings, visit our post “What do Lumens and Kelvin ratings on your LED lamps mean?”


6. Can I get dimmable LEDs?

Yes, you can get dimmable LED’s, but they’ll be slightly more expensive than non- dimmable versions.

You’ll need to be careful when using them with existing dimmers though, as older dimmers generally don’t tend to work as expected with LEDs.

The supplying company should be able to offer advice.


7. What is a CRI rating?

CRI stands for Colour Rendering Index.

In simple terms, it is the measurement of the quality of light emitted by the LED lamp and how closely it illuminates the objects with respect to natural light.

In layman’s terms, do the colours of your favourite blanket appear the same under LED illumination or are they different than what you see under traditional incandescent or natural light?

A CRI rating is based on a figure between 0 – 100. The higher the CRI rating, the better the LED light is at accurately reproducing colours in their natural state.

Our recommendation is that you should look for lamps with a minimum of 90 CRI. Higher is better.

It also depends on your personal choice.

Got a question we haven’t answered here? Feel free to contact us!