Terms to know

Familiarize yourself with some of the technical terms pertaining to LEDs and LED products! Understanding the vocabulary will help you decide which LED fixtures and accessories will be best for your lighting project.

Lifespanor Average Life- estimate of the operating time an LED light will last, in hours. For example, the lifespan of an incandescent bulb is approximately 1,000 hours and the lifespan of an LED light can be as long as 100,000 hours!

Beam Angle- the angle at which the light is emitted from the bulb.  A larger beam angle will illuminate a larger surface area from the same distance as a light with a smaller beam angle.

Color Temperature (K)- measured in Kelvins, the color temperature defines whether a light appears warm, neutral, or cool. The higher the value of K, the cooler the light will appear. (click here to see LED Light Color Chart)

Lumens (Lm)- the quantity of light, or brightness, that the human eye perceives. The higher the lumen value, the brighter the light appears.

Watts (W)- a measurement of the electrical power, or energy consumption, of a lighting unit. With incandescent bulbs, consumers equated watts with brightness. This is, in fact, wrong! LEDs use significantly less watts but are able to produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs.

Ingress Protection (IP)- click here

SMD LED- surface mount device light emitting diode, a type of LED chip that creates a high level of brightness and a wide light beam angle while consuming less power. It is mounted and soldered onto any circuit board or inside a fixture.

RGB/ Multicolored LED- a type of LED that contains red (R), green (G) and blue (B) light within one chip. These three colors combined at equal strength result in a white light but can be mixed by an RGB Controller in countless combinations to create any color on the visible light spectrum. The user may also be able to set the unit to a color-changing pattern in which the lights fade, flash, or pulse.

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