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LED Lighting Frequently Asked Questions

LED Lighting Frequently Asked Questions2019-07-22T12:19:33+00:00

Que 1. – Can I use LED lighting fixture with a dimmer switch?

Ans: While most LEDs are dimmable, the LED driver quality and its compatibility with the control are two factors that determine true dimming performance. Not all LEDs are going to be compatible with your current dimmer switch, so be prepared for a little bit of trial and error. While dimming is technically possible, be sure to double-check that everything is going to be compatible and will function to your standards.

Que 2. – Are LED light fixtures waterproof?

Ans: Many LED lights are waterproof or water-resistant, making them ideal sources for interior and exterior lighting of water-intensive areas.

Que 3. – How long do LED lights last?

Ans: LEDs are notable for being extremely long-lasting products. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last more than 11 years. Used 8 hours a day, it will last 17 years!

Que 4. – Why are LED light bulbs better than CFL bulbs?

Ans: 

  • LED bulbs typically last up to five times longer than CFL bulbs. According to the folks at General Electric (GE), LED bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours while CFLs tend to max out at around 10,000 hours. The lifespans of both greatly exceed the 1,200-hour maximum lifespan of incandescent bulbs, but bulbs of the LED variety last the longest by far.
  • LED bulbs are twice as energy-efficient as CFL bulbs that put out the same amount of light. That means you can potentially save 50% on the “lighting” portion of your electric bill simply by installing LED bulbs instead of CFLs.
  • LED bulbs are more durable than CFLs. Like their long, stick-like ancestors, CFL bulbs are quite fragile. A slight bump with an elbow or other foreign objects will often shatter a CFL bulb’s squiggly glass tube, and vibrations from a ceiling fan can cause cracks to form where the glass is molded to the bulb’s metallic base. Contrast that with LED bulbs which are more durable than both CFLs and their incandescent predecessors.
  • CFL bulbs make a dangerous mess when they break. It’s easy to spread mercury and other contaminants throughout your house and beyond if the mess isn’t cleaned up properly and disposed of in the recommended manner.
  • I think the light emitted from LED bulbs just looks better than the light put out by CFLs. I find LED light to be more natural-looking as well as more pleasing and comfortable to the eye.

Que 5. – Are LED lights safe?

Ans: LED lights are as safe to the eyes as any other artificial light source. They are not like lasers, the light is not focused to a single point, and the intensity is comparable to traditional bulbs and halogen lamps.

Que 6. – Will LED light bulbs work with my current light fittings?

Ans: The simple answer is yes; if the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture.

Que 7. – Can I use an LED light bulb with a remote control?

Ans: Yes, the manufacturer can provide the proper control that works with a particular fixture.

Que 8. – Do LED light bulbs look different from incandescent bulbs?

Ans: No, its design very similar to the incandescent bulbs so it can be a seamless transition to LED.

Que 9. – Can I use LED bulbs in a chandelier?

Ans: Yes

Que 10. – Do I need to replace my light fittings to use LED light bulbs?

Ans: In many cases no need to replace.

Que 11. – How Efficient are LEDs Compared to Traditional Light Bulbs?

Ans: LED bulbs use over 75% less energy than incandescent lighting

Que 12. – What are the Benefits of Light Dimmers for LEDs?

Ans: 

  • Saves energy, because less energy is used for reduced output levels.
  • Extends life; the electronic components run cooler. This not only extends the life of LEDs but also increases the life of the phosphor coating that is used to produce white light.
  • Helps designers create ambient lighting presets to create mood settings.
  • Increases flexibility in the usage of space. A brightly lit space for reading or office space can turn into a presentation/conference area by dimming.
  • Increases productivity by enabling individual control of lights in order to reduce eye strain and fatigue, or to improve concentration.

Que 13. – Should LEDs be used in enclosed fixtures?

Ans: NO, LED’s number one enemy is heat, which happens to be the best friend of fluorescent or incandescent lighting. Where a traditional bulb might perform well in an enclosed fixture, it could be the death of your LEDs.

Que 14. – Is there really any difference between a $10 LED and a $50 LED?

Ans: Yes, LEDs are very similar to consumer electronics and quality really matters. For an LED to function properly and provide an acceptable light output, all the components must be built to last. It’s always a good idea to buy from a manufacturer and retailer that you’re confident will stand behind the product.

Que 15. – How do I figure out what my cost reduction will be by switching to LEDs?

Ans: You need to know what wattage each light is currently to be replaced and what wattage you are replacing. Then subtract the different and times the hour or (Cost per Kwh) use per day and time by 365 days will get you an annual cost saving amount.

Que 16. – Why do utilities offer rebates?

Ans: Although it may seem counterintuitive, many electric utility companies offer significant financial incentives to install energy-efficient equipment that saves energy and money for the end customer. This also helps reduce the carbon footprint to the environment.

Que 17. – What is a prescriptive rebate?

Ans: Prescriptive lighting rebate programs differ from point of sale rebates in that they are not designed to be claimed instantly. The incentives are paid out based on the parameters each Kwh save represent a value of rebate incentive for the replacement fixture assigned by your regional utility company.

Que 18. – Do LED lights work with motion sensors?

Ans: The answer is yes. LED lights can work with motion sensors with the right configurations. A lot of lighting technologies today make use of motion sensors attached to LEDs. This will continue to add further energy saving.

Que 19. – What if I break an LED?

Ans: Most LED received the Rohs compliance, it’s safe to discard it if it’s broken.

Que 20. – What is the warranty on LEDs?

Ans: Most standard LED warranties last three to five years and cover the cost of replacing the product only. If you hired electrical contractors for the installation of the product, that labor is likely not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, though a handful of manufacturers may cover that cost in addition to the cost of replacement.

Que 21. – What does “Lifetime 50,000 hours” mean?

Ans: Useful life has been defined as the number of hours an LED device can operate until it emits only a certain percentage of its original lumen output.

Que 22. – How long are 100,000 hours?

Ans: Based on how long a fixture is illuminated per day, here’s what 100,000 works out to:

Hours of Operation:  100,000 hours is:
24 hours a day         –      11.4 years
18 hours per day      –      14.8 years
12 hours per day      –      22.8 years
8 hours per day       –      34.2 years

Que 23. – Is E2 Lighting an Energy Star® partner?

Ans: YES

Que 24. – Is each E2 Lighting product tested before it is shipped?

Ans: Each light is aging over 8 hrs before packing for shipment.

Que 25. – Are your products compatible with emergency backup systems?

Ans: YES, we have special LED emergency.

Que 26. – Are your fixtures/housings fire rated?

Ans: Fire rating depends on the housing, and currently none of our housings are fire rated.

Que 27. – Are your products difficult to install? Do I need special wiring, dimmers, etc.?

Ans: Our products are designed to be easy to install with no special tools or experience needed, using conventional dimmers and wiring. Please reference our installation information for detailed documentation.

Que 28. – Are your products UL certified?

Ans: All E2 Lighting LED Lighting products are UL certified, or ETL certified. Please visit the UL website to find more details about our certifications to UL standards.

Que 29. – How do you determine what light I will need?

Ans: You need an audit walkthrough to identify the amount of light is required for your specific space.  Each space has a recommend lux require and you can increase or decrease the lux as your preference after you have reviewed the standard.

Que 30. – How long have you been in the business?

Ans: We have been in business since 2013.

Que 31. -What payment methods can you accept?

Ans: ACH, check, credit card, wire

Que 32. – What shipping company do you use?

Ans: We use USPS and UPS for small parcel and any shipment over 150 lbs we order freight (LTL).  For a freight shipping quote, please let us know if you lift gates or if the delivery address is a residential or commercial location.

Que 33. – What is your typical lead time?

Ans: If we have in stock the lead time is 24 hrs turn around. We also can do made to order that can ship the following, air cargo, air freight, or ocean shipment.

Que 34. – Where can you ship to?

Ans: All around the US mainland, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Que 35. – Do I have to pay duties and taxes?

Ans: No, our product is post duties, We are domicile in the states of Texas. We only collect sales Texas in the state of Texas.