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Which LED Lights Are the Best?

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Since years the market for LED lighting continues to grow and everyone in the industry is claiming that they sell high quality lighting. You can find LED light from online retailers that specialize in lighting and also on eBay, Amazon and more. Just because the product description includes the phrase “high quality” or “best”, it doesn’t mean they actually fit the criteria that make LED truly the best.


Which LED Lights Should I Buy?


China produces more than 60 % of world's LED bulbs, and also for well known brands. The problem is that we don't know which Chinese manufacturers to trust. It would be expensive to try all brands and test them for real due diligence. Big brands like Osram, Philips and Noxion have already done this; they know they have to stand behind their products to keep the credibility. Therefore the best option is rather to buy from known brands than unknown or Chinese brands.




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Philips Lighting, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands; offers high-quality solutions across the lighting value chain. They are for more than 120 years specialized in the lighting industry and provide innovative lighting solutions to ensure people feel happier and safer.



Warranty


Philips lighting offers a warranty duration on their LED lamps from 1 to 5 years depending on the average lifetime and the used fixture.


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OSRAM, based in Munich, Germany; is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with more than 100 years experience. The company offers an innovative spectrum of advanced, energy-saving lighting products and systems from: Sylvania, LEDvance and Osram.



Warranty


LEDvance offers an warranty duration from 2 to 5 years maximum, also depending on lifetime and product.



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Noxion Lighting was founded 2000 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2015, the brand Noxion Lighting was launched to serve European lighting wholesalers. They are specialized in selling energy efficient business LED lighting that does not only comply with European laws and regulations today, but also tomorrow.


Warranty


Each product using a LED light source comes with a warranty duration of 3 to 5 years maximum.








How to Choose LED Lights?


Apart from the needed light color, socket, color rendering and application area, the lumen plays a major role LEDs. If you've spent most of your life buying traditional bulbs, you're probably comfortable choosing them by their watts rating. Lumens and watts are different, which can make it harder to figure out what type of LED bulb you need to buy.


The easiest way to figure out what bulb you need is by using this conversion chart:



Type of bulb 200-300
Lumen
300-500
Lumen
500-700
Lumen
700-1000
Lumen
1000-1250
Lumen
1250-2000
Lumen
Incandescent 25-30 Watt 40 Watt 60 Watt 75 Watt 120 Watt 150-250 Watt
Halogen 18-25 Watt 35 Watt 50 Watt 65 Watt 100 Watt 125 Watt
CFL 5-6 Watt 8 Watt 11 Watt 15 Watt 20 Watt 20-33 Watt
LED 2-4 Watt 3-5 Watt 5-7 Watt 8-10 Watt 10-13 Watt 13-20 Watt


Say you normally use a 50W halogen bulb. You would probably want to choose an LED bulb that uses 5 to 7W and has a lumen rating of 500 to 700 to get the same illumination. For the best energy savings, we recommend that you find a selection of bulbs with the most lumens you need, and then choose one with the lowest wattage.



Difference Between Cheap and Expensive LEDs?



Construction

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In terms of construction the design, look and strength need to be checked when buying LED. Keep in mind that manufacturers always produce large amount of products to compete price. If paint or coating is not applied well, the chance is high that inside constructions are also not high quality. Additionally it is difficult to get good quality in product with very low weight. As all LED lights require good heat dispassion, It can’t be accomplished without good amount of aluminum.



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LED Chip


LED chips are manufactured by various big and small manufactures in the world. All is the matter of materials used in making the chip. Larger chip provide more lights, good stability against current variations, but costs more. Cheap and small LED chip provides less light, stability and don't reach the promoted lifetime.



Light quality

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Another costly thing in LED lights is phosphor. Cheap producer use low quality phosphor to lower their production cost. If you see LED spot light with different colors of white, it is a sign for low quality. Maintaining same colors in white is challenging task for LED producers (read more about “LED Binning”). Color rendering is also an important factor. Cheap LED lights generally don’t have good CRI, since it also requires high quality phosphor.