Play these videos to quickly learn the basics of LED
Discover the benefits of switching to LED and learn about our range of bulbs.
Save with the right light.
Learn about bulb brightness and to choose the right bulb for you.
Learn about our longer lasting LED bulbs.
Discover our two types of dimmable LED light bulbs.
Different rooms require different bulbs. Learn about caps, shapes and fittings.
Learn how the color temperature of a bulb affects the mood of a room.
There are many myths and misconceptions about LED bulbs.
It’s time to set the record straight.
The first LED bulbs on the market produced a very white light. Many people think that’s still the case.
However, LED technology has evolved significantly. Today, Philips LED lights are available in a variety of white colors – everything from warm white yellow through to cool blue. You can choose a LED light that shines with the familiar warm glow of a traditional lightbulb - or go for one that mimics natural light. Look for the 'shade of white' indication on the packaging.
Wattage is often confused with brightness. With traditional bulbs, we relied on wattage to indicate bulb brightness.
However, wattage does not measure brightness, it measures power consumption. LED bulbs emit the same amount of light as traditional light bulbs. When selecting LED bulbs, look at light output, which is measured in lumens (lm). It’s indicated on our packaging. For your convenience, we also show the equivalent wattage of an incandescent because we know you are still familiar with this.
Low quality LEDs have been are currently flooding the market. Many of these LEDs start to noticeably fade after a year.
Philips LEDs were designed to provide a consistent quality of light over time. They will keep shining almost as brightly as they did when new for most of their lifetime. Philips LED lights will last for 15,000 20,000 hours - that’s about 15 years*.
* Average life at 2.7 hrs/day
The first LED bulbs cost considerably more than conventional traditional bulbs .
Today, LED bulbs are closer in price to traditional conventional bulbs, they use less energy and last longer thus pay off.. Philips LED bulbs last up to 15,000 20,000 hours, which is 15 years when used 2.7 hours per day on average. If a bulb is on for three-and-a-half hours per day, it will last for 15 years. Philips LED bulbs consume about 80% less energy than conventional bulbs. So, you can ’ll soon enjoy significant savings on your energy bill.
Many people think that LEDs cannot be dimmed or controlled.
Yes, they can. LEDs are digital, which means they can be turned on or off. However not all LED bulbs are designed to dim. If you want to use a dimmer, choose bulbs, which can be dimmed. Look for the dimmable logo on packs. In many cases, you can use your existing dimmer switches. There’s also an online list of dimmer switches to help you make sure the LED is compatible.
Some people think LEDs are harmful to the eyes.
LED lights are as safe to the eyes as any other artificial light source. They are not like lasers, the light is not focused to a single point, and the intensity is comparable to traditional bulbs and halogen lamps. Further LEDs do not contain mercury, lead or other toxic materials. They are completely recyclable.