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Beware The Cheap LED Light Fixture!
This is a head's up - beware the cheap LED light fixture!
We have a 20 year old house, which we built. It was time to upgrade the fluorescent kitchen light fixture. I wanted LED.
Looking around I wanted one that provided good light, lots of lumens.
Watts measure the amount of energy a light bulb uses. But lumens are the indicator of the amount of light.
LED lights are made up of many small points of light sources.
What I didn't know then was that when one buys an LED light fixture, the weight of the fixture and points of light sizes (called "chips") are essential.
The fixture I bought and installed was very light. Why is weight important?
Because, according to my research, of poor quality materials used to construct the "driver" and to dissipate heat weigh more!
However, you may say, aren't LED lights cool?
Yes, to feel the heat from them. But the point of light, the chips, are extremely hot. What drives the energy to them, and the ability for them to dissipate heat, is essential.
Good materials allow for such heat dissipation and the fixtures last for years and years.
But cheap stuff, materials without a good driver, smaller chips, and no ability to dissipate heat, will ... more
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