What LED brands are the best?

What LED brands are the best?

When looking for the best brands you should consider:

Compatibility - To make sure your replacement LED fits when you get home, check what fitting you need (Bayonet or Edison screw base), size, shape and voltage. Taking your old lamp in to compare against can help.

Light output (Lumens) - The best way to identify a suitable LED lamp replacement for an existing lamp is to look for the amount of light the lamp produces 

Safety rating - All bulbs must be safe to operate. At a minimum this means they have passed mandatory safety requirements and earned their safety marks. The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) demonstrates that the product meets the Australian electrical safety and electro-magnetic compatibility requirements and should be visible on the package. In addition, the brand must be registered on the Australian Government National Equipment Registration System.

How long it lasts - There are many factors that determine the lifetime of a LED bulb. Look for manufacturers that can back up their lifetime claims, either with testing or certification indicated on the product packaging. For quality LED products the expected lifetime is somewhere in the range of 15,000 to 30,000 hours, however some products claim up to 50,000.

Product guarantee - Look for a warranty of at least 2 years for a product claiming a 15,000 lifetime or a minimum of 3 years or longer for lamps claiming a lifetime over 15,000 hours. A good approximation for information on lifetime testing is the guarantee that a manufacturer is willing to provide. Any warranty offered with a product is in addition to other rights you as a consumer have under consumer law.

Bulb efficiency - Not all LED bulbs are equally efficient.  Look for an energy efficiency rating in lumens per Watt (lm/W) on the bulb and compare with other products. The higher the number, the more efficient the product.

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