Plugin Track Lighting | One of the things it’s easy to hear about LED light bulbs, is that their beam angle is narrower compared to old fashion incandescent light bulbs, as well as compared to newer CFLs.
What can this mean which is it a challenge?
The beam angle is the angle where light is directed from your bulb. So a small angle of 20 degrees can be befitting an area light, focusing light on just one small area. If you want more general lighting, spreading light over the whole room, a bigger angle of perhaps 90 degrees can be preferred. In most domestic lighting situations beam angles of 30-45 degrees are sufficient to light a room comfortably.
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The indisputable fact that LEDs have narrow beam angles stems from your older technology LEDs which are indeed made for focused light in the narrow area. Today that is no longer true. New technology now ensures that LED light bulbs are available in the wide variety of beam angles, from narrow spotlights to wider general lighting. Some LEDS can be purchased in the variety of beam angles from 15, 30, 40, 45, 60, 90, to 120 degrees. What this means is that there is a great deal of choice available on the market, sometimes so much choice it gets confusing to the buyer. You can no longer just grab a bulb from your supermarket shelf. There are decisions being made!