How to choose an LED spotlight model? Besides color temperature, another important factor to consider for LED spotlights is the beam angle. This determines how evenly the light is distributed across the surface. A narrow beam angle concentrates the light on a small area, while a wide beam diffuses the light to a large area, reducing the illumination intensity of the surface. Generally, LED spotlights have a conical light distribution. The larger the CRI value, the more accurate the light produced.
Compared with traditional lamps, LED spotlights are more energy efficient. In fact, according to some reports, it can reduce lighting costs by as much as 90%. There are also various models that mimic the look of traditional filament bulbs. Unlike halogen bulbs, these LED spotlights can last 20 to 50 times longer, saving you money in the long run. Since they use modern LED technology as the primary light source, they can reduce your energy bills, save on running costs and contribute to a cleaner planet.
Another factor to consider when comparing LED spotlights is battery life. Handheld spotlights can typically run for about three hours on a full charge, while rechargeable spotlights can last up to eight hours. In addition to battery life, handheld spotlights typically offer a strobe mode and four lighting modes. The rechargeable battery in the handheld spotlight can be easily replaced by plugging it into a power source or wall outlet.
For convenience, most LED spotlights are designed to use the same lumen measure. The light output of each bulb can be calculated by multiplying the current wattage by 15, then using that number to decide which LED spotlight to buy. You should also consider the shape of the light produced by the light. For example, a PAR20 size LED spotlight typically produces about 13 lumens. However, if you need more lumens, you should opt for a PAR30 sized LED spotlight.
The most common spotlight model is the GU10 style, which is usually dimmable. The GU10 is a versatile model ideal for workspaces and bathrooms. Despite its slim profile, it can be installed without the help of an electrician. Since LEDs require less energy than halogen bulbs, it is important to upgrade your MR16 transformer to avoid damage to accessories, transformers and light quality.
Another thing to consider is the color temperature of the LED bulb. Traditionally, halogen bulbs have a uniform color, but today, many types of LED spotlights have a wide range of color temperature values. For example, a 3000K LED spotlight can produce light that is slightly bluer than halogen bulbs but with a warmer yellow tint. The 4000K model is generally considered a neutral white, while the 5000K model will appear blue and should not be used in standard residential applications.