Lighting by LED spots can visually change your entire room. Whether for a cozy atmosphere for the TV evening or for the perfect party. LED lighting helps you find the right light for any occasion. You can browse the buying criteria to find out which LED spots would be suitable for you.
What size, dimmable, swiveling or even the appropriate installation method. With our big LED spots guide we want to help you find the perfect lighting for you and your home. We have picked out the best LED spots for you and presented different variants of lighting for both indoor and outdoor. Have fun reading through!
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important things in brief
- 3 The Best LED Spots: Our Choices
- 4 LED spots: Buying and evaluation criteria
- 5 LED spots: Frequently asked questions and answers
- 5.1 Who are LED spots suitable for?
- 5.2 What types of LED spotlights are there?
- 5.3 What do LED spots cost?
- 5.4 What alternatives are there to LED spots?
- 5.5 Are there LED spots with battery and motion detector?
- 5.6 Are LED spots available in different sizes?
- 5.7 Where and how are LED spots placed correctly?
- 6 Conclusion
The most important things in brief
- LED stands for Light emitting Diode and means in English light emitting diode. Here, diodes are used to generate light.
- LED spots are nowadays also used primarily as a decorative element and can be used both outdoors and indoors without hesitation. For this you can inquire in hardware stores or an electrician for the appropriate light.
- LED spots offer many advantages compared to conventional light bulbs. They are somewhat more expensive to purchase, but offer enormous advantages in terms of electricity costs and service life, which should not be underestimated.
The Best LED Spots: Our Choices
LED spots: Buying and evaluation criteria
Criteria that can help you compare different LED spotlights with each other are, for example, the following:
- Light colour
- Outdoor usability
- Installation depth/diameter
- Power consumption/energy efficiency
- Service life
Now we would like to present these criteria to you in more detail. In this way, you will get to know the differences between the LED spots.
To create a cosy atmosphere in a room, it can often help to use dimmable lamps and lights. To achieve this in modern houses and flats, dimmable LED spots are often desired. Preferred in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms.
There are dimmable LED spots - but not all of them. If LED spots are dimmable, they are clearly labelled as such. They differ because the dimming regulator of LED spots is different from that of conventional lamps.
The dimmability of LED spots is created by the different supply of energy. The more energy, the brighter the lighting.
Of course, dimmable LED spots are a bit more expensive than conventional ones and also a bit more prone to errors. That is why it is important to have the LED spots professionally installed. That way, you won't have any problems later on.
Whether you are looking for LED spotlights for your own home or for a party location, you are sure to find something to suit your every wish thanks to the colour variations of the lights.
There are three different colour directions for the white tones alone:
- Warm white: This is often used in restaurants and shops and is also called cosy light
- Bright white: This is used in offices and is considered a neutral light to create a good working atmosphere.
- Cool white: This light most closely resembles daylight and provides very good visibility, which is needed in warehouses, for example.
In addition to the different white tones, there are of course also different colours. Either you decide on a single colour or on bright colours.
Bright colours are often changeable via a control unit and work very well especially in clubs or for youth centres.
Depending on what you need your LED spotlights for, you should pay attention to the differences, especially with the white colours, and choose a colour that suits your needs.
If you want to enrich your garden, balcony or terrace with a few LED spots, you have to make sure that they are also suitable for outdoor use.
You can either research this information on the Internet, ask at your local DIY store or read it yourself on the packaging.
It is important for outdoor use that the LED spots are protected from moisture and humidity. Of course, sunlight and heat in the summer months must not be neglected.
For these LED spots, there are separate materials with which they are manufactured and the resistance is also longer than with LED spots for indoor use.
Before you buy LED spots, you must of course consider how they can be installed. Important for this are the conditions in your home. You have to think about the material in which you want to install your LED spots: wood, concrete or something completely different?
Even if you would like to have swivelling LED spots, you must of course take this into account. In this case, the installation depth may have to be somewhat deeper.
The diameter of the LED spots mostly depends on your personal preferences. Depending on the room for which you want the spots, you can get different sizes. The larger the spots, the more light. Smaller spots, of course, look especially chic in the bathroom, for example.
Power consumption/energy efficiency
The topic of electricity consumption should not be forgotten if you don't want to be surprised by a high electricity bill at the end of the year.
Compared to a conventional light bulb, however, an LED lamp consumes much less electricity. A normal LED lamp consumes an average of 60 watts. An LED lamp, on the other hand, consumes only 6 - 9 watts.
With LED spots, you can clearly save electricity and thus also money.
Especially in this day and age, this is of course advantageous if you want to pay attention to energy efficiency in your flat or house. It is advisable to install LED spots in as many rooms as possible. Although they are somewhat more expensive to purchase and more complicated to install, you will save on electricity costs over time.
Many people still wonder about the service life of an LED spotlight. After all, you don't want to tear everything out again and redo it shortly after installation.
But if you compare an LED spotlight with a conventional light bulb, you can see massive advantages: A normal light bulb lasts on average about 1000 hours.
That means you can use it for about a third of the year before you have to buy a new one. An LED spot, on the other hand, lasts up to 10,000 hours. This is an enormous difference. In years, this can be from 5 to 30 years depending on use.
Another advantage of LED spots is that they don't just go out at the end of their life, but get weaker over time. So you can easily see when it is time to buy a new one and you are not suddenly in the dark.
The wattage of LED spots also varies greatly and they are available in almost any number.
The wattage indicates how bright your LED spots can be. If you want them to be particularly bright, the wattage should also be higher. If you want a more subdued light, the wattage does not have to be too high.
Here, too, you can get advice at your local DIY store to buy the right lamp for you.
LED spots: Frequently asked questions and answers
If you still have questions about LED spots, you can browse here and find all the important facts about the spots.
Who are LED spots suitable for?
Depending on the area of application, there are LED spots that illuminate a small part or LED spots that can illuminate the entire room.
Of course, you also have to consider whether you want to install your LED spots in the kitchen or in the bathroom. In the bathroom, you also need to buy LED spots that repel moisture. In other rooms, such as the dining room or living room, this is less important.
What types of LED spotlights are there?
Use indoors/outdoors/wet areas
There are only advantages in terms of both service life and brightness.
As you can probably already see from the table, LED spots have only advantages. For some aspects, you have to be careful and work carefully when buying and installing them. But once this is done, you will enjoy the spots for a long time.
What do LED spots cost?
Of course, the cheaper models are often the simpler ones in terms of design, functionality and durability. But even here you can be lucky and get a bargain.
In the more expensive models, the LED spots are manufactured to a higher standard. This is then also clearly visible in the quality.
What alternatives are there to LED spots?
|Incandescent lamp||Easy installation||Shorter life and more energy consumption|
|Induction lighting||No maintenance required, Suitable for hard-to-reach places||Higher initial costs|
|Halogen lamps||/||Clearly a discontinued model in this day and age|
As you can see, there are several alternatives. It is also important to think about the appearance. Depending on what you want to use the lamps for, it is also important to make them look good.
We have also shown you the example of halogen lamps so that you know what kind of lamps you should avoid. These are no longer appropriate in this day and age.
Are there LED spots with battery and motion detector?
There are battery-operated LED spots. However, you must be aware that they are often not comparable with normal LED spots. They may have a much shorter lifespan.
LED spots with motion detectors, however, are nothing new.
Especially in modern houses with many windows, people want a little more security and comfort. This makes LED spots with motion detectors a popular choice. These are advantageous in the area of the front door or the terrace, for example.
Are LED spots available in different sizes?
Depending on the desired brightness and illumination, you can choose models of different sizes. If you want something more cosy, smaller spots are probably more suitable.
Where and how are LED spots placed correctly?
It always depends on how much light you want to have in the room and whether the placement of the LED spots should also be a visual highlight or a certain pattern.
It also depends on the room in question. In the hallway, you probably want more light than in the living room. There are rough guidelines on the internet on how many spots should be placed per room.
As you could already see in the above paragraphs, there is a wide spectrum of LED spots that is covered. There is the perfect lighting for every room and every occasion. It is important to think about which ones you want to buy beforehand. The next important step is the proper installation of the spotlights.
We hope that our facts on the topic of LED spotlights have helped you so that you can now decide on the spotlights that are right for you.
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