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LED Lighting FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Difference between a PAR and R/BR Bulb?

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The difference between PAR and R / BR  VS.  PAR 20 , 30 and 38 and BR (or R) 20, 30 and 40 despite their similar names are quite different. Though they bear some similarities, understanding their differences will help you make better decisions about which one of these bulbs works best for your needs. They both share almost all of the same features that come with LED Light Bulbs, and therefore you only need to know the following difference between the two types.  R (Reflector) / BR (for bulged reflector) bulbs are lamps with “wide flood” beam angles, which...

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How To Video: Change Fluorescent T8 or T12 Tubes to LED Tube Lights

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In this video created by our customer Jeff T, he will explain how to rewire your fixture to accept LED ballast bypass tube lights. Need to learn more about LED Tube lights, click here to read our in-depth article.  

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How can I calculate how many Lumens to Kelvin?

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Another common question we get is how do you calculate how many lumens = a certain kelvin. In short, these are two measurements that are not directly related. See our "Watts vs. Lumens vs. Kelvin" article. Kelvin is not a measure of brightness rather it is a measure of color temperature. If you are looking for brightness, the proper measurement to look for is lumens. In general though, 5000K or cool/daylight white will a appear brighter than 2700K all things being equal but this is due to the higher contrast of such light.

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How Bright is 2700 Kelvin or 5000 Kelvin?

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As we state in our "Watts vs. Lumens vs. Kelvin" article. Kelvin is not a measure of brightness rather it is a measure of color temperature. If you are looking for brightness, the proper measurement to look for is lumens. In general though, 5000K or cool/daylight white will a appear brighter than 2700K all things being equal but this is due to the higher contrast of such light.

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Can I Use a Dimmable LED Light Bulb With a Regular (Non Dimmable) Light Switch?

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LED light bulbs unlike incandescent or halogen have the option to come in both dimmable and non-dimmable versions. This is because when LED light bulbs were first released, it was uncommon for them to be dimmable. As LED bulb internal electronics became more advanced, dimming became possible and ultimately we are at the point today where dimming is essentially a no-cost or low cost adder to most LED bulb types. Because of this, many manufacturers no longer offer a non-dimming option outside vendors who are pursing the lowest retail cost point possible.  This leads to a question however, if you...

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