National LED Light Day is celebrated on October 7th each year. In celebration of this event ILA has several LED based lights currently on sale. This blog will look a little more in depth for each product. To further learn more about LED lights in general please see our previous blogs How to Optimize Your Light Source: Tips for the Visually Impaired, Do You Know The Difference Between Full Spectrum and “Daylight Bulbs”?, Light Bulbs Explained, LED Lighting, Lighting Makes A Difference: The 3 Primary Types of Light, or The Benefits of LED Lamps.
LED Screw In Bulb, Frosted 3000K
This patent holding LED bulb is designed to produce less flicker and lower damaging blue light than many standard LED bulbs. With a Kelvin temperature of only 3,000K, these bulbs are in the warm light spectrum and emit a much lower level of blue light than the higher Kelvin “daylight” bulbs, making them safer for your eyes. This frosted screw in bulb is compatible with 60-watt fixtures and has a 780-lumen output. A frosted bulb reduces glare from the bulb and will last 25,000 – 100,000 hours, depending on usage.
Why choose a LED bulb to replace your older bulbs? CNET provides an article outlining 5 interesting facts about LEDs that may make decision making easier. These facts include:
LEDs are cooler. When you’re running fans or an air conditioner on warmer days, having burning-hot incandescent bulbs just makes it harder to manage the heat. LEDs run much cooler than incandescent bulbs and significantly cooler than CFLs.
You get instant full light. You get the full brightness of an LED bulb when you turn it on, which is an advantage over CFLs.
LEDs don’t attract bugs. Pixi Lighting, which makes LEDs, lists “no bugs!” (that is, insects) as one of the reasons to use LEDs. This one is only true for those LED lights which give off no ultraviolet light.
This reason is more form than function, but LEDs come in funny shapes. While lighting manufacturers have tried to make LED bulbs as familiar-looking as possible, with most having a screw-in connector, there is also a wide gambit of available LED bulbs in many sizes, shapes, and colors.
You will need to learn some lighting lingo. We still talk about 60-watt and 75-watt equivalent bulbs because that’s what we’re accustomed to. This chart from Toolbox DIY gives a quick at a glance example of the watts to lumens conversion.
If you’d like to view and/or purchase this item, see LED Frosted Screw in Bulb.
Color Changing Desk Lamp
This sleek looking desk lamp offers three lighting tones ranging from warm light (3,000K) to natural (4,000K) to bright cool light (6,000K). It is useful in a variety of settings and for a variety of tasks. This lamp emits a lumens brightness of 400 which is equivalent to a 40-watt bulb. Its 11” inch long soft rubber goose neck makes it easy to position so you can direct the light wherever you need it most. This desk lamp is great for any desktop, side table, or anywhere you work on things requiring a little extra light.
If you’re unsure how to determine which light color to choose for a specific task, CNET offers the following information for the varying ranges of lighting tones.
Soft white (2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin) is warm and yellow, the typical color range you get from incandescent bulbs. This light gives a warm and cozy feeling and is often best for living rooms, dens and bedrooms.
Warm white (3,000 to 4,000 Kelvin) is more yellowish-white. These bulbs are best suited for kitchens and bathrooms.
Bright white (4,000 to 5,000 Kelvin) is between white and blue tones. With a less cozy and more energetic feel, bulbs with this color range are best for workspaces (such as a home office or garage) and kitchens with chrome fixtures.
Daylight (5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin) has a more bluish tone. This light color will maximize contrast for colors, making it ideal for working, reading, or applying makeup.
If you’d like to view and/or purchase this item, see Color Changing Desk Lamp.
Uno LED Flex Floor Lamp
Illuminate large areas and shine light exactly where you need it with this UnoLamp flexible arm. See every tone and shade as if you were in natural light, thanks to UnoLamp high quality, energy efficient LEDs. Great for tasks such as crafts as well as reading with low vision.
This lamp comes equipped with 28 high performance, energy efficient LED bulbs with 4 brightness settings up to a max of 400 lumens. It uses a 6,000K daylight color bulb and has a slim modern design for a sleek low-profile appearance. Its flexible arm allows for optimal positioning. The floor lamp stands 52” tall.
Why choose this type of lighting? Adjustable lighting usually comes with an arm or flexible head that allows you to direct light where you need it. This adjustable range of motion is key when looking for this type of lighting source. Light that comes over your shoulder is best for reading. If you are right-handed, position the light over your left shoulder. If you are left-handed, place the light over your right shoulder. This eliminates any shadowing from your hand as you hold the book.
To test out the potential glare on a book or project, set a small mirror on your workspace to see if any strong light reflects into your area of vision. If so, rearrange the space so that the light is bouncing away from your eyes. You don’t want your eyes to become injured or fatigued.
Effective adjustable, or task, lighting enhances visual clarity and keeps the eyes from getting tired. This lighting is more localized than other types of lighting, and it can come from a variety of sources. The function of task lighting is to brighten a certain work area, providing just enough contrasting light to enhance your productivity.
If you’d like to view and/or purchase this item, see Uno LED Flex Floor Lamp.