Lowes Flexible Track Lighting | One of the things you often hear about LED bulbs, is their beam angle is narrower as opposed to old fashion incandescent bulbs, or even as opposed to newer CFLs.
What can this mean and is it a challenge?
The beam angle is the angle of which light is directed from your lamp. So a smaller angle of 20 degrees can be appropriate for an area light, focusing light on just one single small area. If you want more general lighting, spreading light over a whole room, a larger angle of perhaps 90 degrees can be preferred. In most domestic lighting situations beam angles of 30-45 degrees are sufficient to light a space comfortably.
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The indisputable fact that LEDs have narrow beam angles stems from your older technology LEDs which were indeed suitable for focused light in a very narrow area. Today that is no more true. New technology now means that LED bulbs are available in a very wide variety of beam angles, from narrow spotlights to wider general lighting. Some LEDS can be purchased in a very variety of beam angles from 15, 30, 40, 45, 60, 90, to 120 degrees. What this means is there is a large amount of choice on the market, sometimes so much choice which it gets confusing to the buyer. You can no more just grab a lamp from your supermarket shelf. There are decisions to be made!