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About LED Lighting Products
HTM Lighting Solutions offers a vast array of different LED lighting options, including bulbs, tubes, and downlighting.
LED differs from other types of lighting because it is much more efficient, with instant-start and no warmup needed. It also thrives in colder climates, and those made with plastic bulbs are more durable and safer than glass.
LED lighting also uses less energy and has a significantly longer lifespan, averaging about 25,000 hours, meaning there are lower maintenance costs and replacements in the long run.
For more information on how LED lighting is the superior lighting option, please feel free to check out the link HERE!
All LED lighting uses a correlated color temperature, or CCT, to identify the warmth or coolness of a particular lamp. Below are just a few examples based on our products:
- 2700K – Ultra Warm White
- 3000K – Warm White
- 4000K – Natural White
- 5000K – Cool White
- 5700K – Daylight White
For a more in-depth explanation of CCT and how it works, please feel free to view our blog article on the subject!
For retrofit solutions, it helps to have a point of comparison between traditional and LED bulbs.
While most people are used to comparing wattages, we find it is better to compare the lumen output between your existing lamp and our LED lamps, as LEDs are constantly improving in efficiency, with wattage usages getting lower while providing the same lumen output.
For more information regarding the efficiency of LED Lighting, please feel free to click the link below!
There are several factors to consider when purchasing LED light bulbs, such as the shape and bulb base.
Here are several types of LED Bulb shapes that we offer and their applications:
- A Series: This is the typical bulb shape that comes to mind when most people think of light bulbs. They are primarily used in residential application and have an omnidirectional beam angle.
- BR Series: These provide a wider beam angle, usually wider than 90 degrees, and used mostly for floodlighting.
- PAR Series: These use "Parabolic Aluminum Reflectors" to provide a powerful, narrow beam of light that usually does not exceed 45 degrees.
- C Series: Also known as Candelabra bulbs, these look similar to the B series, but with a more pronounced flame shape. These are usually used in decorative applications and provide an omnidirectional beam angle.
- F Series: Also called Flame bulbs, these decorative bulbs provide a flickering effect to imitate flames and provide an omnidirectional beam angle.
- MR Series: Used mostly for spotlighting, these powerful bulbs have a beam angle under 45 degrees.
In addition to the bulb shape, it is also important to know the bulb base needed for your socket. Here are just a few examples:
- Screw Bases: This includes E12 Candelabra, E26 Medium, E27 Medium, E39 Mogul, and EX39 Mogul bases. These screw directly into the socket.
- Twist and Lock Bases: GU10 and GU24 bases are bipin bases that twist and lock into the socket to secure the bulb.
- Bi-Pin Bases: Mostly used in MR bulbs and T5 tubes, these plug into the socket using two pins.
LED Tubes are vastly superior to traditional fluorescent tubes, as these are lightweight and longer-lasting options for overhead lighting. LED tubes come in a variety of lengths, sizes, and color temperatures, and can replace most traditional tubes. LED Tubes are also RoHS Compliant, and mercury- and lead-free!
Like any light bulb, determining the differences between T5, T8, and T12 tubes is quite simple, as the number reflects the diameter of the tube in 1/8” increments. For example, a T5 tube is going to be 5/8” in diameter, T8 Tubes are 1” in diameter, and T12 tubes are 1-1/4” in diameter. The size of the bipin ends is also a giveaway, as the T5 LED Tubes will typically use a G5 Mini Bi-Pin, and T8s will use a G13 Medium Bi-Pin base.
Should you go with clear or frosted lenses? Well, this is mostly a matter of personal preference and the type of application. The clear lens will cast sharper shadows, due to the visible LED chips in the tube and make specific areas ‘pop’ out more. The frosted lens has a diffuser that allows for a more even light spread and softer shadows and is used more for areas requiring more even lighting.
HTM Lighting Solutions currently only offers Type B LED Tubes, which have an internal driver, requiring a ballast bypass and rewiring the fixture to a dual-ended connection in order to supply power to the tubes directly.
While bypassing a ballast sounds quite difficult, with all of the wiring and cutting involved, it is actually quite a simple process! To bypass the ballast, you will simply cut the wires close to the ballast, which can then be removed, and rewire the fixture as a dual-ended connection, with one side of the fixture wired to the hot line, and the other side wired to the neutral line.
For additional instructions, please feel free to look at our ballast bypass guide, or give us a call at (813) 649-8899!
For the classic filament-style vintage lighting, look no further than HTM’s LED Filament bulbs! Reproducing the ultra-warm glow and bulb shapes associated with vintage filament lighting, these energy-efficient and long-lasting options will be sure to give that classic feel!
Some examples we carry include:
- Edison-style LED Filament Bulbs
- Globe-style LED Filament Bulbs
- Bullet-tip LED Filament Bulbs
Downlights are used quite often in both residential and commercial spaces. Also known as ceiling fixtures or recessed fixtures, these are mounted within a ceiling to light directly down. LED downlights have the added benefit of reduced bulb heat, more durable and longer lasting fixtures, and the added benefit of energy savings due to lower energy consumption!
Downlights can be mounted either by using a junction box, or screwed into an E26 Medium socket, and there are a few factors to consider when deciding between these.
- Space: Smaller recesses generally will not allow for a full socket to be installed, so a junction box will typically work best for smaller spaces.
- Retrofitting: A simple replacement of the existing fixture with an existing socket is as simple as unscrewing the existing fixture and replacing it with the new downlight using the E26 medium base.