If you are still hesitating to exchange your incandescent or halogen bulbs for an LED bulb, here are the good reasons to make such an investment. Indeed, this technology has continued to evolve over the past few years to the point where it is much easier to find an e27 LED bulb or an e14 LED bulb than a traditional model. Follow the guide to discover a world much richer than it seems!
The LED bulb is taking over from the incandescent and halogen models, for good reason. As the latter two are very energy intensive, particularly polluting and impossible to recycle, designers have developed a technology that responds quickly and clearly to these problems.
The incandescent bulb :
Specifically, halogen is a different technology from LED, so we recommend that you replace your existing halogen bulb with an LED. To obtain the same lighting, you must take into consideration the amount of lumens delivered by your LED bulb. To better understand, here is the Lumens-Watts equivalence:
1300 - 1400 lumens equivalent to a 100 W bulb
920 - 1060 lumens equivalent to a 75 W bulb
700 - 810 lumens equivalent to a 60 W bulb
410 - 470 lumens equivalent to a 40 W bulb
220 - 250 lumens equivalent to a 25 W bulb
< 150 lumens equivalent to a 15 W bulb
Also to recreate the atmosphere delivered by your old halogen bulb, you should consider the amount of Kelvins in your new LED. This is called the colour temperature and it allows you to get a warmer or cooler brightness. For example, 3000K will give you a warm white light, while 4500K will give you a cool blue light:
5500 to 6000 Kelvins - Cool White
4000 to 4500 Kelvins - Neutral white
2500 to 3000 Kelvin - Warm White
+/- 2200 Kelvin - White tending to yellow
The e27 LED bulb is the most common on the French market. Also known as the Edison screw base bulb, it has a threaded base, so it can be screwed onto fixtures equipped with a suitable system. The base of this LED bulb is 27 mm wide.
The e14 LED bulb has a small screw socket, which measures 14 millimetres in diameter.
The G9 LED bulb is frequently used for small lighting fixtures such as desk lamps, under-cabinet lighting, shelf lighting and cabinet lighting. It can be recognized by the two loop pins protruding from its base.
The GU10 LED bulb is commonly used for spotlights, track lights, kitchen lights and more generally downward directional lighting. It can be recognized by its rotating and locking base and has two pins 10 mm apart.
The capsule-shaped G4 LED bulb is low voltage, with two pins spaced 4mm apart. It is used for decorative lighting and is now available in a wide range of colour temperatures for maximum customisation.
The GU5.3 or MR16 LED bulb is equipped with a multi-faceted reflector measuring 51mm. With its "pin bayonet" type bulb base, it operates with a 12 V power transformer.
Many LED bulbs are dimmable, but not all. Be sure to check the "dimmable" label on the packaging of your LED!