- The different types of LED spotlight
- Which types of LED spotlight to choose?
- Advantages and disadvantages of the LED spotlight
In recent years, spots have become essential elements of decoration. It is true that they have many qualities: aesthetic, discreet or design, on the terrace, in the pool in the middle of koi carp... And equipped with LED lamps, they have an unbeatable longevity and consume little.
With all their qualities, LED spots are not to put in the closet, whatever... to highlight shirts, dresses and other furbelows, they are very practical!
The different types of LED spotlight
Like other types of spots, LED spotlights are available in recessed, on wire, on rail, in ceiling, in stripetc. Choose according to your tastes and your budget.
Regarding the technique, you have the choice between 3 types of LEDs.
- The classic LEDs appeared in the early 2000s. These are small bulbs attached next to each other that you see when you look at an LED lamp. They are used mainly for the decoration because their luminous power remains weak. Their unidirectional light beam is an undeniable advantage for spot lighting.
- LED SMD and LED High Power, born around 2006, they are in the form of small yellow pellets. Their light output ranges from 30 to 80 W and can compete with halogens. The angle of the light beam is also greater, around 120°.
- Since 2013, COB LEDs give even more power and brightness.
Whatever the chosen technology, one of the advantages of LED spotlights is to be able to to decline in color and even in multi color. These bulbs are known as RGB for Red, Green, Blue or RGB Red, Green, Blue in French. By combining the three primary color LEDs, at least 256 colors are obtained. With the remote control, you can then program your mood.
Which types of LED spotlight to choose?
To make the right choice, the first question you need to ask yourself is: What do I want to light with LED spotlights?
For a punctual lighting in the kitchen above your worktop, in the living room to illuminate the statuette made during your last pottery workshop, one or more spots of medium power with a limited diffusion angle (from 40 to 60°) will be perfect.
By cons, for a general lighting, see wide. Wide for the diffusion angle which must be 90 to 120°. Wide also for the number of spots which should allow a homogeneous lighting without shade area.
LED classic, SMD, COB? It's more your budget, the angle of diffusion and the design that will guide you.
Advantages and disadvantages of the LED spotlight
You will find, of course, all the advantages of LED bulbs:
- Low power consumption for a luminous rendering that matches that of halogens. Their power ranges from 3 to 18 W while with a halogen spot, you are at least 25 W. Lifetime of the order of 30 000 to 50 000 hours.
- No or little heat produced. A big advantage if you install recessed spotlights.
The main disadvantages are those inherent to LEDs:
- High purchase price. By cons, when you do the ratio purchase price / life / consumption, the LED spot remains winner.
- Watch out for blue light and glare, especially when the light beam is narrow as is often the spotlight. Orient the LED light bulb so that it is not visible.