FAQ

TCP's Frequently Asked Questions

TCP's Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Pick The Right LED Lighting?

Picking the right LED light for your home can be difficult without some basic lighting knowledge. Here are a number of things to keep in mind. Applications

Not every LED is one size fits all. Many LED lights are made with specific purposes in mind and will not function properly if used incorrectly. LED PAR lamps, for instance, are best suited for recessed cans and would be horribly out of place in a table. Each TCP LED product lists its applications in picture form for clarification.

Lumens

A product’s lumen count determines how bright the light will be. The higher the lumen count the brighter the LED.

Beam Angle

For flood lights you should pick the beam angle that best suits your needs. Smaller beam angles (25 angles) are best used as spot lights while larger beam angles (45 degrees) can cover a great deal of floor space. Know your room’s needs to pick the best beam angle for your living areas.

Dimmable

While TCP features a diverse number of dimmable LED products, some of our products are not design for dimmer switches. This distinction will clearly listed on each LED package.

Omni Directional

Omni-directional lights produce light in outward in all directions and make great table lamps. Due to the design of LED technology, most LED lamps are not omni-directional. Therefore, if you want light at all angles finding a truly omni-directional LED is crucial.

How Does An LED Light Work?

LED (Light-emitting diode) lights, one form of solid state lighting, are made up of two crucial elements: the LED chip and a semi conductor. When an LED light is turned on, electricity is sent through the semi-conductor and the LED chip is illuminated. The light produced then goes through the lens while the heat from the reaction is dispersed through a heat sink. Modern heat sinks are so effective that many LED lamps are cool to the touch.

What Are Lumens?

A lumen is technically defined as one candela multiplied by one steradian. In layman’s terms, one lumen is equivalent to the light produced by one birthday candle from one foot away. To expand this idea, seeing 100 lumens is like standing one foot away from a cake with 100 birthday candles on it.

Lumens, unlike watts, are a direct measure of light output. Therefore, a larger lumen count means a brighter bulb.

Why Not Watts?

While lumens directly measure light output, wattage measures the energy each light uses. Historically, incandescent bulb brightness was directly determined by their wattage.

However, energy efficient lighting options like LEDs and CFLs are able to produce more lumens with far less energy. To regulate which bulbs are truly the brightest, government regulations now mandate each lighting product accurate lists its lumen count.

How Can I Find An LED That Produces Enough Light?

Each TCP LED package lists the lumen count and also its incandescent equivalent. For instance if a TCP 12 watt LED is listed as a 75 watt incandescent equivalent, it will produce the same amount of light as an old 75 watt bulb.

Once you become accustomed to the new system you can begin to pick your lights based on lumen count.

How Long Will My LED Lighting Last?

TCP adheres to an industry standard for rating light bulb life called “rated life.” This figure is listed on every TCP LED product.

Rated life is determined through vigorous lamp testing. The time that half of the test samples fail is considered rated life. By definition, some lamps will fail before their rated life while other will exceed it.

Always bear in mind that using an LED in an improper application or old wiring can have a negative impact of the lamps life. Application information can be found on the bulb packaging.

How Does Color Temperature Affect LED Lighting?

The color temperature of a light determines the color of its light. Warm color temperatures (2700K-3000K) appear to have a yellow hue while lights with high color temperatures (5000K) have a blue tint.

Each color temperature has its own unique qualities and uses:

Soft White (2700K)

Soft white lights provide a wonderful warm glow. These color temperature is perfect for living areas or any other place you like to kick back and relax

Bright White (3500K)

Bright white lighting is ideal for any space where detailed work is done. This includes the kitchen, hobby rooms, the garage, and the basement.

Daylight (5000K)

The blue hue of daylight lights is great at encouraging productivity and is tailor made for reading. In addition, the bright light closely imitates natural daylight to create a lively atmosphere.

How Do I Clean Up A Broken CFL?

The EPA recommends that if a CFL breaks carefully sweep up all the fragments – wipe the area with a wet towel and dispose of all fragments, including the used towel, in a sealed plastic bag. Follow all disposal instructions.

If possible open windows to allow the room to ventilate. Do NOT use a vacuum. Place all fragments in a sealed plastic bag and follow disposal instructions.

For more information about CFL clean visit the EPA’s site

How Can I Recycle CFLs?

There are three places you can typically recycle CFLs.

  1. Your local waste collection agency. Most communities have schedule drop offs or pickups for potential hazardous material.
  2. Local retailers. Many large retail chains offer CFL recycling free of charge. You can find one near you using this tool from Earth 911
  3. Mail it in. There are a number of organizations that sell pre-labeled recycling kits that you can mail to recycling centers.

For more information visit the EPA’s website.

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