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LED tubes, a good idea for the kitchen?

Published : 07/20/2018 10:28:58
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LED tubes, a good idea for the kitchen?

 The kitchen is one of the rooms of a home in which more time is spent. There is even data that suggests that we allocate up to six hours only for cooking tasks. Therefore, it is one of the rooms that need more lighting. 

Despite the disadvantages presented, conventional fluorescent tubes are still one of the most widespread options in the home. Fortunately, the number of users who decide to change this type of luminaires for LED tubes for kitchens increases by leaps and bounds.

What is an LED tube?

LED tubes represent one of the most modern lighting systems currently. The fundamental difference with a conventional fluorescent tube is its composition: acquiring an LED tube is buying an electronic component that is not manufactured with any type of chemical materials.

Regardless of whether or not they are going to be installed in a kitchen, for the installation of the LED tubes, it is necessary to suppress the starter and the ballast and carry out the connection at 220 VAC.

There are several types of LED tubes, although the most used for lighting in kitchens, or even for industrial uses are 2G11 tubeswhich are characterized by having four connection pins instead of the two most common.

This type of tubes incorporate SMD3020 latest generation LEDs with high luminous power, but low heat emission thanks to the incorporation of a heatsink that eliminates the heat that is produced during the start-up of the corresponding tube.

They are especially useful for the kitchen because these tubes are the ideal substitutes for fluorescent lamps with a 2G11 base, generating 10% more luminosity and up to 60% economic savings in the more than 30,000 hours in which they are capable of continuing functioning. They don’t only stand out for their lifespan, but they also present technical characteristics that make them very attractive to the eyes of the consumer:

  • Although it is not easy to calculate, thanks to the 30,000 hours of operation a kitchen could be lit for 10 years without interruptions.
  • LED tubes, as a general rule, and whatever type they are, light up immediately, without uncomfortable blinks or waits.
  • The instantaneous start directly affects their lifespan. Since there are no blinks, the time you will enjoy these bulbs increases.
  • Being the same type of base they don’t require any additional modification of the lampholder when a fluorescent tube is changed with an LED tube.

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More LED options for kitchen lighting

 Tubes are not the only real options to replace the more traditional light bulbs since currently there are different methods to provide a kitchen with the personalized touch of lighting that is sought:

  • LED downlights: a perfect general lighting option to change the most obsolete bulbs of a home. In addition to creating different environments, they stand out for the reduction in the consumption of electricity; it can reach 1/4 with respect to halogen lamps, and 1/15 in comparison with incandescent lamps, always under the same lighting conditions
  • Surface mounted fittingsAs with other options, surface mounted fittings allow you to choose the temperature of the light you are looking for, and they are a reliable option for installing in the ceiling At the same time, they imply an aesthetic change with respect to the tubes. This model, for example, is the equivalent of a 100W bulb and has an IP25 degree of protection that protects it from dust and moisture, even indoors.
  • LED Slimline Downlight: these downlights allow you to enjoy either a cool white or a more natural tone. They can be installed directly in the sockets, and are equipped with an aluminium heatsink that helps minimize heat generation since they are specially designed for rooms where many hours of continuous lighting are needed.

Environmental aspects of LED tubes

The environmental factor is also key when determining a change to LED lighting in your kitchen: the change can mean a saving of more than 50% of the energy consumed in the kitchen.

In addition, compared to a traditional bulb, you can achieve a reduction of up to 80% of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. As already mentioned throughout the article, these tubes are manufactured free of chemical components such as tungsten, a highly toxic element that is found in the composition of fluorescent tubes.

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