Roost Lighting Pendants | One of the things you frequently hear about LED lights, is that their beam angle is narrower as opposed to old fashion incandescent lights, or perhaps as opposed to newer CFLs.
What does this mean and is it a difficulty?
The beam angle may be the angle of which light is directed through the bulb. So a smaller angle of 20 degrees will be appropriate for an area light, focusing light on one small area. If you want more general lighting, spreading light more than a whole room, a more substantial angle of perhaps 90 degrees will be preferred. In most domestic lighting situations beam angles of 30-45 degrees are sufficient to light an area comfortably.
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The indisputable fact that LEDs have narrow beam angles stems through the older technology LEDs which are indeed suitable for focused light in the narrow area. Today this is no more true. New technology now means that LED lights 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 lot of choice out there, sometimes so much choice it gets confusing to the buyer. You can no more just grab a bulb through the supermarket shelf. There are decisions to get made!