LED OVERVIEW

The LED Bulb...is the Direct Replacement of the Incandescent Light Bulb. Any light bulb you are using can be efficiency replaced by a "LED Bulb". However, customers are generally confused when it comes to understanding how to select the proper LED Bulb to replace the standard incandescent lamp. This is caused by applying our life long general understanding of how to judge "light bulbs" to LED Bulbs. This is like trying to compare apples with oranges.

LED Bulbs do not follow the common understandings we apply to incandescent light bulbs. For instance, with incandescent bulbs we all know that more watts equal a brighter light. With LED Bulbs, voltage is one of the important elements in determining the application, but voltage does not necessarily equate to greater or lessor illumination.

To determine what LED Bulb to use, one needs to define the application by the voltage, the base and the lens you are illuminating. Understanding the integration of the voltage, base and lens results in the correct and inherently efficient application promised by LED technology.

The Voltage
Super-Bright single LED's emit the necessary apparent illumination for most applications even when the available voltage is significantly less than the metered voltage at the lamp socket. For example, 120V application may fluctuate between 115V to 126V. An LED's can tolerate a voltage fluctuation of 5% over its specifications. So our 130V LED Lamp Replacements are designed to accommodate a voltage fluctuation up to 140V.

With the Super-Bright LED's, this over rating of the resistor value does not effect the illumination. When we insert our 140V LED lamp into a 60V application it will still illuminate the lens efficiently.

The Base
The Base is the part of the bulb which is inserted into the light socket (lamp holder). Type of base refers to bayonet, flanged, screw, bi-pin, wedge, grooved, candelabra, telephone slide, etc... Size and type are the same as the incandescent bulb you are replacing so a cross reference with the incandescent bulb number allows one to define the base for your application.

The Lens
The Lens is a key to defining the proper LED Bulb for your application. The lens can enhance or hinder the emission of perceptible illumination from the LED. The selection of the proper LED Bulb requires you to define the lens characteristics in terms of color, shape, size, and construction.

What color is the lens you are trying to illuminate? The color of the LED used must correspond to the lens color. Red LED - red lens, etc... Is the lens semitransparent (translucent) or opaque (dark). The lens shape. Round, dome, flat? Is the lens fluted to enhance reflection? What are the inside dimensions of the lens.


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