From Incandescent to LED: Your Conversion Cheat Sheet
From Incandescent to LED: Your Conversion Cheat Sheet
June 17, 2022

From Incandescent to LED: Your Conversion Cheat Sheet

If you're looking to upgrade your traditional lighting to efficient LED or Tri-Colour technology, you're not alone! However, with so many options in the market and a different way to gauge "brightness" we've developed a guide to help you make the right choice.

Watt on Earth is Lumens?

If you're moving away from traditional CFL or incandescent globes you would be used to measuring brightness in wattage however, with LED technology getting more and more efficient, wattage is no longer a reliable way to gauge brightness and performance. Instead, a new measurement tool has entered the ranks that you'll need to be familiar with to make an educated decision regarding your energy-saving upgrade! Below you will find a table that will help you convert your current lighting setup to an LED upgrade.

Please keep in mind that this table is just a reference tool to help you develop an understanding of how to upgrade your current lighting to LED and uses broad strokes, choosing a higher or lower brightness than your current setup does come down to how you use your space and your preference. For example, you might want increased intensity in the kitchen and decreased intensity in bedrooms. Another thing that requires some thought while you're converting from traditional globes and lighting to LED is colour temperature. You can read more on colour temperature in our blog here.


How do LED and Tri-Colour technologies compare in terms of energy efficiency and longevity?

LED and Tri-Colour technologies typically outperform traditional CFL or incandescent globes in terms of both energy efficiency and longevity. LEDs are known for their high efficiency, consuming significantly less energy than traditional bulbs while producing equivalent or higher levels of brightness. Tri-Colour technology, which allows users to adjust the colour temperature of the light output, can also contribute to energy savings by optimising lighting for different tasks or environments. Additionally, both LED and Tri-Colour bulbs have longer lifespans compared to traditional bulbs, often lasting tens of thousands of hours before needing replacement.

Are there any specific considerations or compatibility issues when upgrading fixtures or existing lighting systems to LED or Tri-Colour options?

When upgrading fixtures or existing lighting systems to LED or Tri-Colour options, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Compatibility with existing fixtures and wiring is crucial, as LED bulbs may have different size or shape requirements compared to traditional bulbs. Additionally, some fixtures may require specific types of LED bulbs, such as dimmable or smart-compatible options. It's important to check compatibility and consult with a professional if needed to ensure a smooth transition without any compatibility issues.

Can the conversion from traditional lighting to LED or Tri-Colour technology be seamlessly integrated into smart home systems or dimmer switches, and what factors should be taken into account for such integration?

The integration of LED or Tri-Colour lighting into smart home systems or with dimmer switches can vary depending on the specific products and technologies involved. Many LED bulbs are compatible with common smart home platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, allowing users to control their lighting remotely or with voice commands. However, not all LED bulbs may be compatible with dimmer switches, especially if they are not specifically labeled as dimmable. When integrating LED or Tri-Colour lighting into smart home systems or with dimmer switches, it's important to check compatibility and consider factors such as voltage compatibility, communication protocols, and any additional accessories or hubs that may be required for seamless integration. Consulting with a professional electrician or smart home installer can also help ensure a successful integration process.