We recognise the wealth of information (!!) around LED lights, so we're going to try break it down over a series of posts.
The first one is relatively known, but still needs to be said! If it smells like BS, it usually is! 💩
The most accurate way when referring and comparing light wattage, is to use the actual power draw from the wall. 🔌
Two ways that companies quote misleading wattages:
1. 𝗤𝘂𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆.
Diodes aren't generally run at full tilt (run anything at max and it will run hot and won't last very long - one reason why you should spec a higher extract fan for your room, but that's another topic!).
So what some charlatans do, is quote the Diode Capacity x No. Of Diodes. Bullshit right? 💩
2. 𝗤𝘂𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 "𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼" 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴.
This term is so loosely used its criminal; it could mean anything! e.g my car is "equivalent" to a Porche...because the wheels are the same colour. Major bullshit. 💩
Fortunately, these types of companies confine themselves to ebay and amazon for easy prey! Though, a few sharks can sneak out into open waters so always read the small print.🦈
In summary, always ensure you check the power draw from the wall...
...but be aware that higher wattage does not mean a "better" light. We'll cover that in part 2! 👀😄
Your own comments and knowledge bombs always welcome 💪
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