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LED light bulbs buying guide

By on April 22, 2016
Hindi Translation: एलईडी प्रकाश बल्ब को खरीदने की गाइड

LED is the latest buzzword in the lighting industry. Looking at the way things are moving, LEDs surely look to revolutionize the lighting market in future. Small bulbs that were used as power indicators for appliances, look to light up the whole living space now. Technology improvements have made LEDs useful for home and office and have also made them much affordable now (still expensive as compare to CFLs or incandescent bulbs). Several manufacturers have come out with luminaires that use LED for lighting. These luminaires are available for all purposes: spot lighting, indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, street lighting, floodlights, garden lighting, general purpose lighting, etc. With this guide we would like to provide you information that can help you choose the right kind of LED light for your purpose.

What is LED and how it differs from other types of lights?

LEDs are a member of type of lighting most commonly referred as solid-state lighting.  This type of lights illuminate when current passes through a semi conductor material. They produce more “light” and very less “heat”. In comparison an incandescent bulb lights up when the filament in it heats up. Thus it releases 90% of its electricity as heat. CFLs or tubelights light up when electricity current is passed through tube containing gases. CFLs also release heat but less than incandescent and more than LEDs.

The other major difference is that LEDs are unidirectional (or emit light in a specific direction) but incandescent and CFLs emit light in all directions.Bulbs

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What are the different parts of LED bulb?

Typical LED bulbs contain one or multiple LED chips mounted on a circuit board that is programmed to control the LED lighting. The whole thing is mounted on a heat sink to manage the heat generated from LED.

What are the benefits of using LEDs?

  1. The biggest benefit of using LEDs is their life. They have a life of 25000-50000 hours of usage. So if it is used for 4-5 hours a day, it can run for 15-25 years without needing a change.
  2. Good quality LED bulbs are maintenance free. So they are like put it and forget it.
  3. They can give better output (brightness) or lumens per watt if beam angles are lower (more on beam angles in the details below).
  4. The light output of LEDs remains constant through its life only decreasing towards the end of their life.
  5. They do not flicker even when dimmed.
  6. Lot of them come with good warranty (of up to 10 years) which means you investment now will last for up to 10 years!
  7. They are eco-friendly. They do not use mercury (used in CFLs), which is harmful for environment.

What are the drawbacks of LEDs?

  1. LEDs are unidirectional or emit light in a specific direction. So they cannot light up the whole area (of a room) unless diffusers and reflectors are used. Thus they are excellent for spot lighting but not as great for general-purpose lighting.
  2. Although LED chips have a long life but the life of LED bulbs depend on how well the heat sink and the circuit is designed. A poorly made LED bulb may not last longer than a year (if right heat sink and capacitors are not used: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/led-lights/2009/02/led-life-expectancy.html). In many countries LED bulbs are rated based on their performance. In India it is better to buy LED of a good brand or buy one that comes with a longer warranty.

What are LED beam angles and how to use them?

As we said, LEDs are unidirectional or emit light in a specific direction, it is important to figure out the right spread of a LED light in degrees before using it. This spread is mentioned on LEDs as beam angle. Typical beam angles that are available in the market are 15, 30, 45, 60 and 100 (with some very few with 120 and 180 as well).

Beam angles less than 30 are excellent for spotlights. Their output (brightness) or lumens per watt is highest available in the market. Most of them have wattage of less than 5 and are of great use in Shops (where focused lighting is needed on products), Workshops where a specific work is to be done or at homes where specific area has to be focused with decorative lighting. One or more such lights can be used near walls as spotlights.

Beam angles greater than 30 are suited for high power LED lamps usually used for downlighting. They can be put on ceiling to illuminate an area in a room. They typically are of more than 5W rating and multiple such downlights are to be used to illuminate a room.

A 30-45 degree beam angle is good if the ceiling is high (more than 10-11 ft). If the ceiling is less than that, then it is better to use 60-100 degree beam angle. Based on requirement, multiple such downlighters have to be used and kept 3-4 mts apart from each other to get appropriate lighting.

Lower beam angles are also good for outdoor lighting and street lighting purposes where they can be excellent replacement for halogens that consume a lot more electricity as compared to LEDs. Housing societies can benefit by using LED street lights.

The increased beam angles are achieved by putting reflectors and diffusors, and the biggest drawback for this is that the lumens (or brightness) decrease as beam angles increase. So a LED bulb with higher beam angle may give same brightness as a CFL for the same wattage.

How do some LED bulbs available in market have more than 120 beam angle?

Lot of LED bulbs available in the market have diffusors to disperse the light at greater angles. This makes sure that the light spreads across the room. But their brightness will be equivalent to a CFL bulb of same wattage. These are generally designed as replacement for CFLs and incandescent bulbs.  The benefit of these bulbs is that they are long lasting and ecofriendly.

What other factors should be considered while buying?

As we discussed in our article on task based lighting, color temperature of the bulb should be considered based on the mood to be set in the room. LED bulbs are available in various color temperatures: Cool Daylight (White) to Warm White (yellow). Choosing the right one based on the mood to be set in the room is important.infographic14








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  • Pooja Shah

    Hello Sir,
    My old bulb is of 100 watt now i want to replace it with LED Bulb.so which led watt bulb suitable for me?
    Thanks in advance :)

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You should go for 15W LED bulb.

  • Nilesh

    Osram led 22 watt led tube gives 1960 lumens in poly carbonate and compare with Philips 20 watt stellar bright which gives 2100 lumens and in glass tell me which one is better

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Nilesh,

      Osram is a far better brand for LEDs than Philips. Also although lumens is a good measure to find energy efficiency. But the real effectiveness comes from LUX value (which is lumens/m2 at any given point in the room). Some LED luminaires have wider spread. Some may have lesser spread. So a high lumens with wider spread may still give the same lux value when compared to a low lumens with lesser spread.

      For e.g. a Fluorescent tubelight has high lumens as compared to a LED tubelight. But then Fluorescent tubelight has beam spread of 360 degrees. A lot of those lumens are wasted. But in LED tubelights, even though the lumens is less, but because beam angle is also less, the lumens are not wasted and the LUX level at any point remains the same.

      I would still go with Osram for better quality and life.

  • Pari

    Hi Abhishek,

    I need your help. I am trying to get a bulb to fit the following requirements:
    E27 Holder, Maximm Watt allowed: 60 Watts – for a floor lamp. What kind of LED bulb should I go for? I want a combination of general lighting and ability to do some task work with this lamp.
    Second, B22 Holder, Table Lamp/Desk lamp. Max Watts: 40. Again, What kind of LED bulb? For both I want warm lighting. Please let me know what you recommend. Thank you.

  • Hussain Attarwalla

    I am in the market for 8×8 led panel lights. Approx 20w.
    I saw a syska led which was around 1500-1650 range.
    Local companies were quoted at 500-650. They seemed much brighter than syska or philips.

    Now my question is the obvious one. Are syska and philips really superior or the local players are equally good?
    Apart from price, whats the advantage of one over the other?

  • Rakesh Nandi

    Hi Abhishek , I am Rakesh from Durgapur,West Bengal , what do you think about Osram LED Tubes .They have listed Two Types of LED Tubes viz. SubstiTUBE EM with Electromagnetic Control Gears & SubstiTUBE HF with Electronic Control Gears, and they also have different sub categories among the said LED Tubes.
    1) what is the difference among these ?
    2) which LED Tube will be appropriate for home use ?
    4) these LED tubes said to have Beam Angle of 150 and 160 , what’s the difference and how to choose the correct one?
    3) how to find any dealer and what’s the price about those said LED tube lights **

    Just One request , If we get a dedicated webpage under BIJLI BACHAO for buying / selecting the best LED lights according to our need like we have for Fans’ , ACs’ , Geysers’ a.k.a. the TOP 10 Ones’ then it’ll be very helpful.

    waiting for you reply , Thanks.

    ** from Internet i got an email address of Osram, so i mailed them regarding the pricing and list of authorized dealers , but they haven’t replied back.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Osram is like the BMW or Mercedez of LEDs. They are the best in technology. It is the only brand that can give you 5 years guarantee on it’s LED luminaires. Hands down it is the best brand in LEDs.

      Now what you are looking at are LED substitutes for regular tubelights. In tubelights there are two kind of ballasts: Electronic and Electromagnetic (as mentioned on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/lights/are-cfls-replacements-for-tube-lights.html)

      Old Tubelights that had a choke and used to flicker before lighting up are electromagnetic lights. While the newer ones that startup immediately as soon as you switch it on is Electronic. The two types of replacements are for these.

      Both of them are good for home use, it depends on what type of tubelight are you replacing.

      Any beam angle above 120 degrees is good for home use. Both 150 and 160 are good enough. However 150 would be more energy efficient and brighter.

      Finding a dealer is the difficult part. We at Bijli Bachao are not connected to any dealer network for LED lamps. I have seen that if you write to their email address or call up on their helpline, they will entertain you only if you have a bulk order. It is sad but true. However, there are many local assemblers or OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) that source parts from Osram and assemble them. You may have to find them on portals like IndiaMart.

      We would have certainly liked to put a top ten LED lights page, but the market for LED lights is not very structured. Big manufacturers like Osram, etc do not sell much in retail directly. And there are so many small manufacturers selling their products who do not have a website or details of technical specifications so that we can compare different products. We hope we will get there one day, but at present that is not there. We need a lot of structuring of the market to make that happen.

    • Rakesh Nandi

      Hey Abhishek, how r u ? hope doing well . After getting good enough information and confidence from you people, I decided to buy Osram LED Tube Lights for our home, so to fulfill this process I went one step further and wrote my queries and requirements to Osram India, like the types of Substi Tube I can buy, price etc., and they replied back. But their reply puts me in a dilemma, like they are saying that Substi Tube HF is not available in India, they can only Provide Substi Tube Value with Electromagnetic Control Gears . But As I’m buying new ones so I’m more interested in the Electronic Control Gears, and the Price they are quoting for Substi Tube Value with Electromagnetic Control Gears is : 8.9W Tube 2ft. – Unit Rate: Rs. 650 + Taxes, 19W Tube – Unit Rate: Rs. 656.00 + Taxes & 21.5W 5ft. tube – Unit Rate: Rs. 1250 + Taxes.

      So can you please help me what to do? Should I buy the available ones or do something else?

      One more thing, as I am not doing false ceiling and buying only LED tube lights and LED bulbs for my entire home, what kind of Color Temperature should I check while buying one? My previous experience in my current home is mixture of T8 and CFL lights, so no practical idea about Warm white and all.So help me which color temp should I buy for different rooms like living, dinning, bedrooms etc.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I think that the 19W Tube can be a great substitute to your T8 tubelights. It is cost effective as well if it comes for Rs 656 (considering that you are getting Osram). Rs 1250 for 21.5W sounds a bit expensive and 19W can be good replacement for regular T8 tubelights.

      As for color temperature, regular white is called “Cool Daylight” and yellowish is “Warm White”. I personally prefer white light as compared to yellow. But some people like it yellow. So it is more of a personal choice. Higher the color temperature, more yellowish it would be. Yellowish light is slightly less brighter as compared to white light. But then it is a personal choice.

    • Rakesh Nandi

      Thanks for the reply, I’m going with “Cool Day Light”. Just to make myself clear, I’m gathering this information for our new home which is getting ready, so I want to make our home energy efficient. I would like to make one time investment for buying energy efficient products so that it will help me to save electricity as well as money in coming future. So are there any other LED Tube light companies which provides Electronic Control Gears (as I’m not getting it with Osram).

      How different is it to have a LED tube light with Electromagnetic Control Gears and a LED tube light with Electronic Control Gears in daily life.

      One more thing does Lumens per Watt matter in LED Tube Lights as it does for LED bulbs? If yes then what’s the range of it for a good LED tube light?

  • Suresh

    Hi Abhishek,

    How are you..

    I have some questions about the LED lights.. I saw your page and understood LED lights are more efficient for power consumption compare to CFL bulbs/T8 Tublights.

    I have constructed the flat and need your guidance to set up the LED Lights. Please find the dimensions of the flat and it is 3bhk

    1) Foyer – 5′ 4″ * 6′ 1″

    2) Living Room – 14′ 6″ * 10′ 6″

    3) Dining Room – 12′ 3″ * 8’0″

    4) Master Bedroom – 1 – 11′ 6″ * 13′ 3″

    5) Bedroom – 2 – 11′ 9″ * 10′ 6″

    6) Bedroom – 3 – 13′ 9″ * 11′ 6″

    7) Kitchen – 10′ 0″ * 10′ 0″

    8) Toilets – 4′ 0″ * 8′ 0″

    9) Sitout – 8′ 0″ * 4′ 6″

    10) Service Area – 10′ 0″ * 3′ 6″

    11) Private Terrace – 96 sqft

    Light Points in the Flat :

    Foyer, Sitout, Service Area & Private Terrace will have only one light points

    Living Room – 4 light points + One Foot lamp

    Dining – 3 light points + One Foot Lamp

    All Bedroom – 2 light points + one Foot Lamp

    Kitchen – 2 light points

    Toilets – 1 light point

    I am looking for your guidance to help me which Led brand is suitable and how much Watts are required for this.

    My friends as mentioned some LED Assemblers and the brand they use is Edison led lights.. Could you please let me know whether

    we can go through the assembled one or branded one?.. What are things we need to check for the assembled one?

    Is heat sink and capacitors are separate entities while assembling the LED lights? or in Edison brand all thes entities are part of the led?

    I will wait for your valuable feedback. Thanks in advance.


  • Amitabha

    Hi, My new home’s roof is going to be cast within next 4-5 days. I want to make provision for fitting LED lights for lighting my rooms and I want that provision should be there in the concrete ceiling itself and NOT on any false ceiling. I want to use LED downlighhts to illuminate my room. Please let me know how can I achieve this ?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I don’t have much idea on this. You will have to check various options in luminaires available in market to figure out what fits best for you.

  • Rahul

    Hi I am Rahul can u pls tell me that which led tube and bulb is giving maximum lumens per watt and highest power factor as well as 50000 hrs of running
    which brand to follow within 15-22 watt for tube and 10-15 watt for bulb???

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You can go for Osram LED luminaires.

  • Amit S

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am Amit from Mulund,Mumbai.

    I have a living room that measures 20.5 feet by 10 feet. The height of my ceiling is 8ft 4 inches from the ground.
    I have three light points. Two are in the middle of the 10ft wall. One is in the middle on the 20.5 ft wall. I dont
    use the middle point i.e the one on the 20.5 ft wall .
    So lets assume there are only 2 light points each on the 10 ft wall on two sides of the room.

    I have two bedrooms each 10ft by 11 ft.

    I have two bathrooms 1st – 3 ft 6 inches by 6 ft 7 inches.
    2nd – 7ft by 4 ft

    I use Philips brands tubes always.

    I wish to use either T12/T8 tubelights or LED tubelights in living room and bedrooms.
    Tell me what T12/T8 tubelights and LED tubelights to use for my living room and

    For bathrooms,I wish to use CFL or LED bulb.

    Please help me with wattage.

    Thanks in advance.



    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I would suggest you not to use T12/T8 Fluorescent tubelights in your room. For the living room, you can use two 18 W T8 LED tubeights. That will be far better. For the bedrooms you can use 1 x 18W LED Tubelight each. For the bathrooms you can use 7 W LED bulbs (for both of them). If you plan to use fluorescent tubes/CFLs then go for two 28 W T5 tubelights for living room. One 28 W T5 each for the bedroom and 10-12 W CFL for each bathroom.

    • Amit S


      I bought a Philips Stellar Bright LED T8 20W /2100 lumens/6500K tubelight/beam angle 180 deg for Rs 800. I installed it in the living room to try and see how is the performance. I did this because I will be painting the house next week. Here is my honest review. . Brightness is OK though not as good as the flourescent 40W T12 tubelight frankly speaking. The colour temperature 6500K makes the quality of the light better. The worst point is the glare of the LED tubelight. I have TV in the living room. Though the LED tube is not behind or above the TV but on my left side while viewing the TV,the glare of the light is too much. Even from the left side corner of the eye ,one can feel it. My opinion after using it for 4-5 hours yesterday is this. LED lighting is good if used from ceiling vertically (LED panel). LED tubelights do save energy.That is their plus point but if one is using a tubelight for 5-6 hours only daily and if tariff is not that high, T12/T8 is still the good option mainly because light is more and most importantly ,there is no glare.One may go for T5 28 W alternately. LED tubelights have very high glare. Flourescent tubelights are still the BEST option for general purpose lighting at home.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      In general 18 W gives good lighting which is sufficient for a room. You can go for a 22 W light if you feel it is less. But 18W gives ideal lux levels for regular visibility required for a room. LEDs do have some glare as they are unidirectional. If you do not find it comfortable then 28W T5 would be the best for you. Havells T5 are good.

    • Amit S

      Hi Abhishek,

      I live in Mulund. I went through all electric and Hware shops here asking if there is any brand which has T5 28W tube with a metallic fixture. Not a single shop has it.All of them said they have Havells but with a PVC batten. They have many brands but with a plastic PVC strip. Havells T5 costs Rs 550 .Also Crompton Greaves costs the same. Can you tell me a shop in Mumbai where I can get T5 28W
      flourescent Havells with a metal strip ?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Check with Jalaram Electricals in Marol, Andheri (take the left turn at Marol Metro Station at Andheri Kurla Road if you are coming from western express highway). There are several of them with different versions (Jalaram Electricals, New Jalaram Electricals, etc). Ask for an aluminium strip.

    • Amit S

      I have one question. I am currently using 40 W tubelight which I use daily for say 5-6 hours.I heard choke also uses some wattage Say I replace it with 20 W Philips LED tube as I have done yesterday. Say the electricity tariff is 1 unit(kwh) = Rs 9. How much will I save per month by this change ? Any way to calculate ?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Amit,

      Your 40 W tubelight would be consuming about 45 watts in total (including choke). In 5-6 hours it would consume: 45 x 6 = 270 Wh or 0.27 kWh or 0.27 units. In 30 days it would be 30 x 0.27 = 8.1 units. At Rs 9 per unit it would be 8.1 x 9 = Rs 72.9 per month.

      LED tube will not have any choke, so it would be straight 20 Watts. In 5-6 hours it would consume 20 x 6 = 120 Wh or 0.12 kWh or 0.12 units. In 30 days it would be 30 x 0.12 = 3.6 units. At Rs 9 per unit it would be 3.6 x 9 = Rs 32.4 per month.

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  • Kapil Chawla

    Hi Team Bijli Bachao,

    Please guide me on LED Bulbs watt capacity for my house

    1. Living room : 18×16 ‘
    2. Bed Room 1 : 10×14 ‘
    3. Bed Room 2 : 11×14 ‘
    4. Bed room 3 : 13×11 ‘
    5. Toilet 1,2,3 : 5×8 ‘
    6. Balcony 1 : 16×5 ‘
    7. Balcony 2 : 3×7 ‘
    8. Kitchen : 8×7 ‘

    Thanks in advance,

    Kapil Chawla

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Kapil,

      Here is the suggested wattage:

      1) Living Room: Two numbers of 18W LED Tubelights.
      2) All three bedrooms: One 21 W LED Tubelight.
      3) Kitchen: 9-10W LED Tubelight.
      4) Toilets: 7W LED Bulbs.
      8) 7W LED Bulbs will also be good for balconies.

  • Sweta

    Hello ,

    I am trying to buy LED panel lights for my aptmnt and was wondering if you could help with the watts of LED required .

    The dimensions are:

    Hall :13 .7 * 20.1

    M.Bedroom :11.6 * 14

    Bedroom : 11.10 * 12.5

    Kitchen : 8.6 * 10.2

    I am looking only for flat panel LED Ceiling lights . Few on gypsum ceiling and few on original ceiling .

    Also please suggest what kind of lights we can use for bathrooms of dimension :5.6 * 6.10 and 5.10 * 9 .10.

    Thanks in advance .

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      About 28-30 Watts in Hall, 18-20 Watts in the bedrooms, 14-15 watts in the kitchen and 8-10 watts in the bathrooms should be good enough for your use.


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  • shubham

    Hello…mere bed room mai mujhe study karne k liye kitne watt ki led tube light or bulb sufficient hoga??

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      What is the size of the bedroom?

  • Hardip Dodiya

    Please Suggest I m going to buy LED Tube/bulbs & Which Brand prefer for my New 2BHK flat…shifting to there within 3 day.

    LIVINING ROOM : 14 X 11.6 Sq.Ft. : Planning to buy : 18W bulb – 1 No’s. !! Enough or Not ?

    1-BED ROOM : 10.3 X 11 Sq.Ft. : Planning to buy : 12W bulb – 1 No’s. !! Enough or Not ?

    2-BED ROOM : 12.6 X 10.6 Sq.Ft : Planning to buy : 12W bulb – 1 No’s. !! Enough or Not ?

    KITCHEN : 6.6 X 9.0 Sq.ft. : Planning to buy : 12W bulb – 1 No’s. !! Enough or Not ?

    For Toilet 7W is prefer….??
    Hope replay soon because going to buy This Tuesday…

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      It will be better if you buy tubelights instead of bulbs for Living room and bedroom. 22 W LED tube for living room and 18W LED tubes for the two bedrooms would be good. Kitchen has a smaller space so bulb will work and 12W is good. 7W bulb for toilet is also good.

  • Gagan Grover

    please compare t5 tube light vs led tube light

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Well I would say you should do a comparison of fluorescent tubelight with LED Tubelight.

      I say this because even in LED you can get T5 and T8 tubelights. T5 is just a measure of thickness of a tubelight.

      Now as far as comparison is concerned, an 18 W LED tubelight would give the same amount of light as a 28 W T5 fluorescent tubelight. Life of a fluorescent tubelight would be 3 years max, while LED should go on for 10 years (however 3 yrs is the max warranty that you can get on LED tubelight, while there is none on Fluorescent). Cost wise LED tubelight should not cost you more than 100-200 more than T5 fluorescent tubelight as per current market prices of LED tubelight.

      You can read more over here: https://www.bijlibachao.com/lights/why-led-lights-are-better-than-fluorescent-lights-even-when-lumens-per-watts-are-the-same.html

  • suraj

    hii sir we a team of our socity commitee members r planning to replace our 36watt tubelights present on gate , parking area and garden with LEDS as a initiative towards BIJLI BACHAO .so can u plz advice to get same ammount of light from led which watt of led we should buy..?plz send us link of cheapest or subsidies led bulb link if it is available..

    also tell us about ied bulbs we r also planning o repalce cfls with IEDS ..is there r any discounted ieds availabe from gov or any electricity provider company..
    ? plz reply soon

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Suraj,

      Typically an 18 W LED tubelight is a direct replacement of 36 watt tubelights. But in my own experience at my society I have observed that these 36 watt tubelights used outdoors are for used for general lighting, and even when we replaced them with 9W LED tubelights, we got good amount of lighting. But this is an experiment that you will have to do. Try both 18W and 9 W LED tubelights and see which one is sufficient.

      As for manufacturers: you can either go for renouned ones like Havells, Osram, Philips, etc. But they will be expensive. Many local manufacturers make decently good LED Tubelights these days. You can read about our case study on this link (this case study is from Mumbai): https://www.bijlibachao.com/lights/sharing-experience-of-buying-led-luminaire-for-a-residential-society.html

      A good 9 W LED tubelight should cost about Rs 450 or so and 18 W should cost about Rs 550-600.

  • ankurgupta555

    उज्ज्वल का १५ वाट के १० एलईडी बल्बों की कीमत करीब ७०० रुपए है। वहीं हावेल के एक १५ वाट के एलईडी बल्ब की कीमत ७०० रुपए है।

    यह दोनो कीमतें फ्लिपकार्ट के मुताबिक दे रहा हूं। जानना चाहता हूं कि
    कीमतों में १० गुने का अंतर कैसे? क्या उज्ज्वल के बल्ब खराब हैं? आनलाइन
    खरीदी में बल्बों की वारंटी का लाभ कैसे मिलेगा? दुकान से लेने पर तो
    दुकानदार वारंटी का लाभ दे देता है। यहां तो दुकानों में सूर्या हावेल आदि
    के बल्ब हैं जो ५०० ७०० के नीचे हैं ही नही।

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      कीमत का अंतर क्वालिटी के कारण आता है| हैवेल्स जाना माना ब्रांड है और उज्जवल का नाम मैंने पहली बार आपसे ही सुना है| वैसे बड़े ब्रांड्स की कीमत इस लिए भी ज़्यादा रहती है क्यूंकि उन्हें ज़्यादा एडवरटाइजिंग करनी पड़ती है| १५ वाट के LED बल्ब के लिए ७० रुपये तो काफी ज़्यादा सस्ता है| सरकार का प्रयास है की ऐसे बल्ब १५०-२०० रुपये में मिल जाएँ (ताकी वह CFL के बराबर पड़े)| अच्छे बिना ब्रांड के १५ वाट के LED बल्ब अभी ४००-५०० रुपये के तो मिलने चाहिए| पर ७० रुपये तो काफी ज़्यादा सस्ता है|

    • ankurgupta555

      यहां देखिए मित्र: http://www.flipkart.com/ujjawal-15-w-led-bulb/p/itme5hyykquafwcz?pid=BLBE5HYYKF3ZB3GV&ref=L%3A-5605237579934840943&srno=p_2&query=led+bulb+15w&otracker=from-search

      ६ का पैक केवल ७०० में। कहीं कहीं १० का पैक भी ७०० में मिल रहा है।


      तीन बल्ब मात्र १९५ रुपए में

      मुझे बहुत अजीब लगा।

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      अगर आप देखेंगे तो ज़्यादातर लोगों ने इस बल्ब को १ स्टार रेटिंग दी है| इसका मतलब यह है की यह बल्ब ज़्यादा अच्छी क्वालिटी के नहीं हैं|

    • S Baranwal

      There is no Guarantee of the wattage and Lumens of these LED Bulbs

  • Anil

    Could you advise how much watt of led bulb is equilant to a 40w tublight?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You should go for an 18 W LED tubelight to replace 40W tubelight. You should not got for an 18 W bulb. Ideally a tubelight is replacement for tubelight.

  • Mahesh

    Hello Bijili Bachao group
    You guys are really doing great thing by educating common people about the important aspects of indoor lightings. I really appreciate you all.
    We are doing renovation of our home. Can you please help me by telling which brand 2 feet led tubelight has best lumen per watt and how much.

    Again there is a gallery in our home which leads to living room from main door and it has wooden false ceiling at 7ft height from floor. L*B = 17ft*6ft. With provision for 4 ceiling lights. Can you suggest me who many watt led ceiling light is to be used.

  • Vaz

    Am looking at advice on LED lights in false ceiling
    a) Hall 20′ x 11′– planning 8 led of 8 w
    b) kitchen 17’x13′– planning 6 led of 8w
    c)master bedroom 17’x15′– planning 9 led of 8w
    d) bedroom 13’x13′ planning 6 led of 8w
    will these be sufficient for reading in bedroom

  • Dharmik Shah

    1. What is the way to check the IP rating for a particular product ? I have asking retailers but they are completely clueless about the same. Also, mails to customer care departments of several companies have not yielded anything ?

    2. LM 79 and LM 80 standards certificate for the products that you sell ? – Same problem as above.

    3. I want to buy LED bulbs for the following purposes.
    LED Bulb – 1 Watt / LED Red Night Light
    LED Lights in Drawing Room, Kitchen, Spot Light on an Art Piece, Kitchen ,Balcony, Bathrooms and Bedrooms. Is there a way to determine the ideal lumens that would be suitable for the same ?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  • Sanjiv

    Hi Team,
    I would like to know the apt lighting (LED) for my newly constructed home. Below are the room measurements.

    Rooms “Length(Ft)” “Width(Ft)”
    Liv/Din 23.5 10.5
    Kitchen 9.4 7.6
    Bedroom 12.7 10.6
    Master Bedroom 12.11 10.6
    Toilet 1 7.4 5.4
    Toilet 2 7.9 5.1

    Preference is 1 Tube + 1 bulb each in Living room & 2 Bedrooms; 1 Bulb in Dining; Kitchen 2 bulbs; 1 Bulb each in toilets

    Your suggestion would be of great value to me and much appreciated!

    • Sanjiv

      Hi Team, Any suggestions please? Thanks!

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hello Mr Sanjiv,

      For the living cum dining room, two numbers of 18 W LED tubelights would be good. For the kitchen a 16 W LED tubelight would be good. For the bedrooms one 18 W LED tubelight would be enough. For the bathrooms 8 W LED tubelight will be more than enough.

    • sanjiv

      Thanks for your valuable advise!

  • Venugopal


    Looking to change the lighting system of my office. Cant decide between Syska & Edison. Your suggestion would be appreciated.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Edison is better.

  • Hansatanu Roy

    Hi. I need a LED bulb for my study room. What wattage should i go for ?

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      It depends on the size of the room.

  • Rajat Jain

    Hello Sir, We are a working as a channel partner with Syska Led,we would like to join your program ‘bijli bachao led lagao’, we would deliever Syska led products to persons suggested by you if they want products to be delivered on site, our motto to provide best services at lowest price.

  • Rakesh Nandi

    Hello team,

    Greeting for the day ,Previously I asked for simple Lighting for my new 3 BHK flat, which was replied in details by the team , Now i was thinking if i use LED tube lights
    instead of T5 tube lights then which room will require how many LED tube lights and what will be the COST of those LED lights.

    I am providing the dimension of my 3 BHK flat along with the list of previously prescribed T5 tube lights

    Living / Dining – 15.6′ X 16.2′ = Two T5 of 28 Watt each , Master Bedroom – 12′ X 12′ = One T5 of 28 Watt , 2nd Bedroom – 10.4′ X 12′ = One T5 of 28 Watt , 3rd

    Bedroom – 12′ X 10′ = One T5 of 28 Watt , Kitchen – 10.4′ X 6′ = Two 7 Watt LED / 10 Watt CFL , 1st Toilet – 12′ X 4.10′ = 2 Feet 14 Watt T5 , 2nd Toilet – 4.7′ X 8.2′

    = 1 Feet 8 Watt T5 , Balcony – 10′ X 4′

    After reading most of the comments its look like Osram is the one to go for , So Can You Please guide me.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hello Mr Nandi,

      Osram is like BMW of LEDs: best in quality and super long lasting, but expensive :). You can even go for Havells or Philips LED tubelights. Or any local company that can give you 3 years warranty (big brands will not give you that kind of warranty). Look for a LED luminaire that has Samsung or Edison LEDs.

      An 18 W LED Tubelight is direct replacement of T5 tubelights. A branded one would cost you about Rs 1000-1200 whereas good quality unbranded may come for as low as Rs 700-800 (with 3 years warranty).

      Typically LEDs save 30% over good fluorescent tubes. So if you have 10 Watt CFL, the equivalent LED would be 6-7 Watts. 9-10 Watt LED tubelight of 2 feet will be replacement of 14 Watt T5. And 5 watt LED would replace 8 Watt T5.

    • Rakesh Nandi

      Thnx for the suggestion….one more question while selecting LED Lights what should be the CRI , Beam Angle and Color type and Lumens for each room for example bedrooms and living might be used for casual work and studies.my ceiling height is 10 feet.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      You can just go for tubelights. They are good enough for casual work and studies as well. Color type will depend on your preference. Typically White light is brighter than yellow light.

  • charan

    Sir for study purpose which led tubelight is better for 12*12 size room. ..what brand and watt.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      An 18 Watt LED should be good for a 12*12 room if you use the room for study purpose. 18 Watt LED is equivalent to 40 W T12 Tubelight. You can go for Osram, Havells, Philips or Syska.

  • nitin

    Hi Abhishek
    Please suggest me the LED wattage I need for the following rooms of my house

    1) Drawing room 17.5 X 11 Sq ft.
    2)Master Bedroom 13 X 11 Sq ft.
    3)Bed Room 10 X 12 sq ft,
    4)toilets 5 X 7.5 sq ft.
    5)Study room 8.5 X 7 sq ft.
    6)Balcony 17 X 4 sq. ft.
    7)Balcony 4.5 X 8 sq ft.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hi Nitin,

      What kind of lights are you looking at? Bulbs or Tubes?

    • nitin

      tubes for drawing rooom , master bed room , room
      and bulb for study, toilets and balcony

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hi Nitin,

      For living room, two 16 W LED tubes should be good. For Master bedroom and bedroom one single 18 W LED Tube should work (in fact you may also try 16W for smaller bedroom). 7 W LED bulbs should be more than enough for toilets. 10 W for study room (because you would need more light for reading). In balcony you just need visibility. So again 7-8 W should be good enough.

  • Satpal Kundu

    which brand is best for cove lights i mean warm white light LED strip, i need abt 7-8 mtrs

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      For LEDs you can look at Osram (best), Havells, Philips or Syska.

  • Somali Bajpai

    Please can you give your contact details?

  • Sushama


    I am planning to install LED bulbs in our new home as an alternative to cfl bulbs, my intention is to use them only when we dont need more light from tube , so please suggest me
    1. will a 9W led bulb enough for 14×11 room
    2. 5w bulb is ok for 4×12 balcony space
    3. 14w bulb enough for 10×13 room
    4. 7W for 10×13 room

    More importantly pls suggest me a good brand Philips/Syska there are many brands and I am seriously confused, your help will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    • Rakesh Kumar Pandey

      You can use syska i can give you best price with 2 year warranty

    • Bijli Bachao Team


      If you are replacing CFLs with LED bulbs then you must consider 25-30% savings on top of a CFL. So if in a room you feel a 10W CFL is sufficient then a 7W LED will be sufficient for that. In the 1st room 9W LED would give light equivalent to 13-14W CFL. 5 W will be equivalent to 7 W CFL.

      Also enough lighting depends on the kind of work that has to be performed in the room. If you want to do some fine work in the room (for e.g in room 1), then 9 W LED may not be sufficient. But for general illumination just to see around, it would be good enough.

      I would suggest you to go for Osram, Havells or Philips LED.

  • Praveen

    Hello Mr. Abhishek

    I want to know that which LED products are best replacement for an office space.
    Suppose in my office spaceMajor part of lights are of 18W and 36W, with few 28W and 40W.
    Can you suggest some specific replacement LED models for these. That would be grateful.

    Praveen Kumar

    • Rakesh Kumar Pandey

      Ya you can use syska ,10W bulb is easy replacement of 18W & you can use 16W led tube light which is good replacement of 36W & 12W Tube Light for 28W & you can use.16W Tube is also replacement of 40W Tube .& i will suggest syska is best,for best price of syska you can contact me at 08527021151

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hello Mr Praveen,

      Power consumption of LEDs is about 60-70% as compared to fluorescent lights. So a 18 W LED can replace a 28 W T5 tubelight. However even in fluorescent tubes there are multiple types. There are 55 W T12, 40W T8 and 28 W T5 fluorescent tubelights. What kind of lights do you have? bulbs, CFLs or tubelights?

  • Richard Babu

    Hello Mr. Abhishek,

    Thank you so much for another informative and essential article for today.
    I’ve also planning to install LED lighting for our newly constructed house.
    Kindly advise, does LED affect our vision with its radiation??
    When I surfed there are lot of controversy, hope this is an important point to be discussed along with energy saving.


    • Prakash Thakkar

      Contact Galaxy Lights – 9821024188

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Richard,

      LEDs are unidirectional and produce a lot of brightness. So if you buy a LED luminaire then you have to make sure that it has the right lenses and diffusers (milky white coverings) so that it is not pinching to the eyes. They can impact vision only if they are too bright for your eyes. If you get those with milky white covering, they would not be difficult to the eyes.

    • Richard

      Thank you so much, its time to select good brand with your advises.

    • Abhishek Jain

      Go for Osram or Havells. They are really good.

    • Richard
  • Saloni

    Thanks Abhishek for such a detailed blog. Was really useful.

    These days Ever Ready n Havells are also producing led tube lights. Ever Ready is promising high lumens etc. Can you plz tell which would be better brand to buy quality n economic too.

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hi Saloni,

      Which models of tubelights are you comparing? You should compare lumens/watt. These days LEDs with 110 lumens/watt are quite commonly available. I would say Havells is a great brand.

  • Ramakrishna Chundru

    Hello Abhishek,
    Are LED bulbs are compatible with MSW type of inverters?

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Ramakrishna,

      MSW inverter have high harmonic distortions. LED bulbs themselves generate harmonic distortions. I do not think there will be an impact of using MSW inverter for LED bulbs. You can also check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHYNW7UEMzw

  • Ravi SK

    Hello Guys,

    Take a look at Dhaksha AC powered 18W Smart LED tube light. It features, dimming, remote control and networking capability as the need may be. It is reliable and affordable.


  • Augustine

    Hi Abishek,

    Am planning to install LED lights in my house and the electrician suggested following lights
    LED OSRAM 4.5W PARATHOM SPOT FITT SS FINISH SQUARE DEEP RECESS FITT (Rs.750) – for spot light here and there

    Do you know whether these are good brands and can we go for it?

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hi Augustine,

      18W CFL will give light output equivalent to a 23-25 W CFL. So 1 light for 80 sq ft sounds fine. Although I have not heard of the brand. Most Indian brands are just assembled in India. The bulbs and the drivers are imported. As long as the make is a reputed make like Cree, Osram or Samsung, it should work well.

      Also you should go for downlighter if it is mostly for decorative purpose. For regular use, you should go for a LED tubelight. Line sources of light are brighter than point sources for the same wattage. That is why Fluorecent tubelight like T5 (which is of 28 W) gives much more light that similar wattage CFL. LED Tubelight of 20-22 Watts will give similar amount of light as a regular tubelight.

      Also 4.5 watt for spot sounds on a higher side. 2-3 Watts of spots give quite a lot of light. You can compare them in a store. Osram is a great brand.

    • Augustine

      I was suggested to use LED 15W/mt HI BRITE FLEXI STRIP and LED 5W/mt FLEXI STRIP ( BLUE, WARM WH & PINK) for cove lights in the ceiling. I think this is mostly for decorative purpose. Do you think, this is appropriate size needed or should I go for low wattage strip lights?

    • Abhishek Jain

      5 W/mt sounds more like decorative light. 15 W/mt one would be quite bright. However it all depends on how much light you want in the room. 5W/mt sounds good to me just for decorating.

    • Augustine

      one 18W light for every 80 sft approx

  • Praveenraj

    Hi anhishek ,

    Thanks a lot for your revert .

    I am actually planning to buy LED Downlights which will fit into false ceiling . I Have seen Philips , havells and rainbow . Specifications are not with me . I need to check on them .

    In LED is the driver the key component or both lights and driver imp. Some local brands are giving led lights with Philips drivers .whats your opinion


  • praveenraj

    Hi Abhishek ,

    Thanks for the info on you website

    We are currently installing LED lights in our house , Ceiling height after false ceiling is around 9Ft.

    Wanted to check if 12 W LED is enough in a 22.3″ x 5.5″ hall .I am installing 7 12W lights and 2 3w warm lights under TV unit.

    Kindly suggest any brand which I can choose from


    • Abhishek Jain

      Hi Praveen,

      Do you have specifications of the 12W and 3W LED lights? It will be good to know their:

      1) Lumens output
      2) Make (is it a Osram or Cree make LED or a chinese one)
      3) Beam angle.

      I would suggest that you look for options of using LED tubelights as tubelights are brighter as compared to bulbs for the same wattage. You can look at SSK, Philips, Osram, etc (several local brands also use Osram, Cree or Samsung make LEDs which are good and cheaper).

  • Jaideep Sinha

    I wanna buy a Syska LED 5W bulb.. Plz let me know is it worth buying or not?

    • AYUSH

      It Is woth buying you can contact me for syska products at best price 08527021151

    • Abhishek Jain

      Syska LED is a good buy.

  • lewis11c

    Thanks for the guide

    • Abhishek Jain

      You are welcome. Do sign up for our newsletter to get updates.


    • amar


      Excellent write up! please keep them coming.
      I’ve planned the following for my new house, would like your comments/recommendation

      Master & Guest Room:
      18W Skyska LED tubelight – both room around 100sqft
      what beam angle do i look for?
      Alternate as a LED bulb ( or should CFL suffice?)
      Do you think an alternate bulb is mandatory in case of low voltage ??

      Open Kitchen & Dining
      I’m not keen on a tubelight here, what would be best option?
      or is LED tubelight best fit here too?
      what beam angel would be good

      Living room:
      im trying to avoid a tubelight here, trying to get one of those indirect light
      something like these
      what watt bulb would suit those? keeping in mind the beam angel so the living room decently lights up

      Dont want to brighten this area too much, what kind of LED would be best suited at the entrance?

      something with indirect light, what watt is best fit here?

      Does 1W LED good enough?

      Thanks for all your articles! it’s helped us a ton!!


    • AYUSH

      It Is woth buying you can contact me for syska products at best price 08527021151

    • Archana

      hi Abhishek,

      my room size is in 14*9.5 ft. and in rectangular shape. and its in two parts without any divider one part is for kitchen and one for bed. how much LED tube lights I have to put in the room two or 4 (22 watt) parallel to wall. (as on ceiling fan is there) also on one side L shape storage platform is there.

      The other room is of 6*5*6.5, two LED tube light of 22w on both side will be ok???
      The outside portion that is in gallery what will be better bulb or tube of LED.

      Please guide me as early as possible.



    • Bijli Bachao Team

      For 14*9.5 room only 1 22W LED tubelight should be good enough. And for 6.5*6.5 room one 9 W LED light should be good.

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Amar,

      LED tubelights have much wider beam angles (about 150-160) which means they can cover most of the area. An 18 W LED tube will be good enough for 100 sq ft room.

      Bulb and LEDs will give much lesser light as compared to a tubelight. If you are used to having tube lights in your room, then blub/LED bulbs will not have that much light.

      Alternate bulb is not mandatory for low voltage. LED tubes should light up at low voltage as well.

      Even for kitchen & Dining, LED tubelights will have more spread so it will appear brighter as compared to CFL or LED bulb. But if you are keen on LEDs then you should consider LED down lighters that can go in the false ceiling and throw a spread of light on the floor. LEDs (bulbs) may not work well on side walls. Its better to have either down lighters (on ceiling) or LED tubelights (on side walls).

      If you plan to go for designer lights on side walls, then CFLs will be best for them. Else again in living room you can go for downlighters/panel lights or strip LEDs for decoration.

      You can also try designer LED downlighters for bathrooms or living room. LEDs are goo when installed on ceiling or if install on the wall they are good as spots. Unlike CFLs they will not have 360 degree spread and that is why installing them as downlighters makes more sense.

      Also 1 W LED will be good for a spot light, but I doubt that it will cover decent amount of area. You will need at least 5-7W LED bulb for the balcony.

    • jishnu roy

      Hi Abhishek,

      Is Megaway a good brand for LED light products, They seem to be available in all e-commerce sites and decently priced.

      Thanks in advance.


    • Abhishek Jain

      Hi Jishnu,

      I have not heard much about the brand. So I cannot comment on it. There is a wide range of quality of LEDs available in market. We are just trying to find a full proof way to analyze it. For now I can just give a few pointers:

      1) Make sure that the warranty/guarantee is long enough. I have heard of up to 3 years warranty on luminaires.
      2) Make sure that the power factor of the luminaire is more than 0.9 (this should be in technical specs).
      3) The aluminium casing of the luminaire should be robust and sturdy. Good workmanship shows a good heat sink design. LEDs can fail if temperature of LEDs increase more than 60 degrees. A good heat sink ensure that the temperature does not rise.
      4) If the LEDs in the luminaire are Osram or Edison make then they will last long. Osram is the best.
      5) Additionally there are several certifications like LM-80, LM-79 that are provided to manufacturers who follow quality initiatives.
      6) Make sure that Lumens/watt of the product is good. Anything less than 100-110 should not cost more than what a CFL costs :).

      You can get very cheap LEDs completely manufactured in China but of very bad quality. For now I can just give you some theoretical concepts (as mentioned above) to analyze. We are trying to figure out a practical and easy way to identify right LEDs.