The installation of LED light can be very expensive and complicated, with the LED light bring revolution in lighting technology you can always be rewarded with brightness after installation.
Sometimes we notice that LED lights are not bright enough, which can be annoying. In this article, I will show you in detail the most common reasons and solutions why LED lights are not bright enough.
LEDs are known for their low-heat production, but they also tend to be less powerful than other types of light bulbs. This is one reason why led lights when compared side by side fluorescent lights might not produce as many lumens.
Keep reading to find out more!
1. Aging Of The LED Light
Since LEDs last longer than other light bulbs, such as halogen bulbs, with a life expectancy of about 50,000 – 70,000 hours, it does not mean that they will last forever.
The aging of LED would cause the brightness to gradually diminish as the 70,000 hours approach.
If a LED fixture is rated for 70,000 hours at L60, the lumen output will drop to 60% of the original value after 70,000 hours of operation.
Most LEDs have a long life of 50,000 to 80,000 hours, which is 10 to 15 years. However, this depends on how often you use your light, the more you use it, the more its brightness decreases.
So, if the LED light fixture has already started to lose its brightness and the factor is aging, then it is better to replace the bulbs because their life is over.
2. Insufficient Power Supply For Your LED Light
Your LED light will not provide a maximum brightness if you have an insufficient power supply of the lights. Normally, LED light works best when it has the required power or current.
If you have an inadequate power supply that does not match the rated power or voltage of the LED light, the light will not provide the maximum brightness required.
To get the maximum brightness with your LED light, you should know your voltage ratings and purchase a LED light that matches your voltage ratings.
This is always true for lights that run online voltage, while you need to choose the right power supply for low-voltage LEDs.
If you are buying a LED light, make sure you know the voltage rating and buy a LED light that matches it.
If in doubt, contact a professional technician who can repair your LED lights and advise you on choosing better-LED light that matches your power supply.
3. Loose Wire Or LED Bulb Connection
If you have faults in your connections, it will affect the brightness of your LED light and can lead to problems such as shorting, flickering, and other issues if not investigated and resolved in time.
The effect can be transferred to the LED light chips when there is a loose wire or LED bulb connection, which can cause your LED light to appear dim instead of bright.
To solve the problem, trace all connections and make sure all nuts and wires are tight, and identify any damage that may have been caused by loose wires or poor connections.
If the problem is not resolved, contact a technician to investigate and correct the problems.
4. High Temperature Around Your LED Light
Although LED can work well in both cold and moderate temperatures, there is always a difference: LED works much better in a cold environment, but the brightness is always reduced by 50 to 70% when the lamp is operated in very hot temperatures, as it is not able to handle the frequent temperature changes, which can damage the power supply.
The maximum temperature at which a LED light can work well should not be more than 25 degrees, otherwise, the bulb will lose brightness.
So if you are thinking about replacing your LED light because it is not working at maximum capacity you need to pay attention to the temperature of the working environment.
5. Poor Quality LED Light
If you buy a LED light fixture of poor quality, your bulb will lose brightness very quickly because the components that come with it are of poor quality.
If the LED bulb has a poor design, it will not be able to absorb the current properly, which can cause the brightness to fluctuate quickly.
6. Surge Wattage
One of the reasons LED does not shine brightly is because of the possible surge wattage when you have a high load of electronic appliances such as washers, dryers, or microwaves connected to the same circuit as your LED bulbs. This can reduce the light output from LED for a few minutes if the appliance is operating at the same time.
Running load devices usually requires high peak power, during this time the brightness of your LED may fluctuate until some of your devices are turned off and the brightness is stable again.
As a solution, you can purchase a new circuit for your LED lights and make sure you disconnect it from a load of your appliances so it can operate at its maximum capacity.
7. Use Old Wiring System For Your Led Light
As we saw above, wiring can contribute to how well your LED lights can work. If you have a lot of devices connected to the old wiring, this can affect the voltage, which can lead to low voltage.
This will cause a change in the brightness of your LED lights because the old wiring is too weak to handle the heavy load of appliances.
Old wiring works better with traditional incandescent bulbs, while LED lights work better with the new wiring system that matches the LED light. Connecting your LED lights to the same circuit used for your old light may affect the brightness of your LED light.
It is recommended that you change your wiring to match your LED light to get better performance from your LED light.
8. Dimmer Compatible With LED Light
Some of the switch dimmers are not compatible with LED lighting. When buying your LED light or dimmer switches for your LED light, make sure that they are compatible with your LED light bulb. You need to know that if they are not compatible, it will be difficult for the switch to work and adjust the dimming.
9. Compatibility of LED light Compatibility With Dimmer Switches
Some of the LED light bulbs are not dimmable. When buying your LED bulb, make sure it says “dimmable” on the package.
If you buy a bulb that is not dimmable, make sure you install a light switch that is dimmable. Or buy a LED light that is dimmable. If you buy a cheap or inferior LED bulb that is not dimmable, you will notice flickering.
For a Solution make sure you buy a high-quality LED light that is labeled dimmable or is compatible with all dimmers.
It is true that LED light provides the best light than its competitors. After we have explained the reason that could affect the brightness of the LED and how you can improve the brightness of your light, you need to follow all the steps described to find the solution for your problem and if you cannot get a solution for your problem please contact the specialist for better solutions.