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Why are LED’s so expensive?

Feb 28, 2012 in Lighting News

Here are 5 main questions to ask when shopping for LED bulbs:

1. Is there a Voltage Regulator? This is important (and expensive) to have in a bulb especially when using the bulb on a 12 volt circuit in an RV. When an RV house battery spikes (and they do), the voltage fluctuation will cause the LED components to fail prematurely….

2. Will the bulb shine the light in the direction I want? Just because a bulb is higher in lumens, doesn’t mean that all of the lumens are shining where you want them. Some bulbs have a rotating housing that will direct the light. Some have omnidirectional light output. It all depends on the fixture that you have.

3. Will the LED componentry overheat? Even though LEDS don’t product much heat, they still produce some. When the bulbs are put in small housings (such as the halogen fixtures), they have the risk of heat buildup, which is harmful to LED components. Look for bulbs that offer a heat sync, such as a copper ribbon or metal ‘fins’. These features will help dissipate the heat. They add to the cost of the bulb, but the longevity and sustained brightness is well worth the money.

4. What type of LED components are used? If you have ever baked a cake, you know that the best tasting cake is made from the best ingredients. The same is true with light bulbs. Thus, we us the best components in the world. We spend a little extra money to make sure our product is the highest quality on the market. We are so confident, that we offer a 3 year warranty on all of our bulbs.

5. How long will the LED bulb last? Although this is all speculation since no one has actually been able to test a LED bulb for 100,000 hours (that’s over 10 years of continuous use, and designs are changing faster than we can burn them out!), it is important to buy quality to ensure a long life expectancy and sustained brightness.

Remember, not all bulbs are created equal. You get what you pay for.