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Can You Use LED Bulbs in A Range Hood (Answered)

You might be wondering if you're replacing your old range hoods lights. If you can use LED lights instead of halogen lights, right? Here's the answer.

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If you want to save energy and lower your monthly bills, consider using LED bulbs in your range hood. These bulbs not only save energy, but they also last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also look great in your kitchen, and you won’t have to replace them frequently.

In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using LED lights in a range hood and answer the question, “Can you use an LED bulb in your range hood?” After reading this article, you can make a more informed decision about whether or not to replace your range hood lights with LED lights.

Image of a kitchen with a lightbulb and a black range hood. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
Image of a kitchen with a lightbulb and a black range hood. Source: Max Vakhtbovych, Pexels

Yes. But you can only use LED lights in your range hood if it’s designed for LED lights. It is not possible to use LED and halogen lights interchangeably. The type of light your hood uses is pre-determined by the range hood model. Most range hoods include LED or halogen lighting. Before purchasing, check to see if your hood is compatible with LED or halogen lights.

What is an LED lightbulb?

An LED light, also known as an LED light bulb, is a type of electric light that emits light by using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED lights are significantly more energy efficient than equivalent incandescent bulbs and can outperform most fluorescent lights. The market’s most efficient LED light has 200 lumens per watt (Lm/W). In addition, commercial LED lights have a much longer lifespan than incandescent lamps.

Benefits of LED lights

A range hood with LED lighting has numerous advantages.

  • Lasts 20,000 to 50,000 hours.
  • Cooler to the touch than Halogen lights.
  • Halogen lights are approximately 75% more energy efficient.
  • Shatterproof bulbs.
  • There are no harmful toxins or gases present.
  • More expensive than Halogens but less expensive in the long run.

Below are some top-rated LED lights made specifically for range hoods.

How does an LED light work

An LED driver powers the bulb by converting alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). It converts high-voltage alternating current (AC) to low-voltage direct current (DC). The driver is linked to the lights and the circuit board in the range hood, and replacing it is as simple as unplugging the old one and plugging in the new one.

The standard outlet voltage is 120 volts. Because LED bulbs are powered by a few volts, a driver must control the amount of electricity that flows through the bulb. On the other hand, halogen bulbs necessitate transformers that convert the current to a lower voltage. As a result, LED drivers use direct current to power LED bulbs, whereas halogen transformers use 12-volt alternating current.

How to choose range hood LED light bulbs

If you’ve decided it’s time to replace your range hood lights with LEDs, you’re probably wondering where to begin. Don’t worry; I’ve put together a handy checklist of things to keep an eye out for:

1. Range hood compatibility

LED bulbs designed specifically for stove ranges are the easiest to find. Thankfully, this is a growing market, and LED bulbs for range hoods, such as this pack of two, are readily available.

2. Proper heat management

The primary concern is, of course, heat management. However, it’s difficult to tell how well it handles heat without testing a bulb. So my main advice is to avoid cheap LEDs, which are usually overdriven and have poor heat sinks.

3. Vibration resistance

The mechanical fans inside stove ranges cause vibrations. As a result, you should avoid LEDs with fragile glass bulbs and instead choose LEDs with shatterproof and vibration-resistant properties.

4. Color rendering index (CRI)

The point of range hood lighting is to see your food to judge its readiness. To do this, you’ll need accurate color representation. As a result, you should look for an LED with a CRI of at least 90.

5. Color temperature

A bulb with a balanced white color temperature is essential to avoid seeing your food as more overcooked or undercooked than it is. I recommend going with a 5,500K bulb.

Can you use both Halogen and LED lights?

It is not recommended and typically impossible to use halogen interchangeably with LED lights in your range hood. An LED bulb will flicker and possibly burn out when used with a transformer. This is because most LED bulbs only operate at 2 or 3 volts; connecting them to a 12-volt AC transformer causes too much electricity to flow through the bulb, causing it to pop.

Instead, follow the instructions provided by the range hood manufacturer or owner’s manual. Drivers or transformers are used in some range hoods to reduce the flow of electricity. For example, LED bulbs are powered by drivers, whereas transformers power halogen bulbs. To switch from halogen to LED or LED to halogen, you must change from a transformer to an LED driver or vice versa.

Image of a brown painted kitchen with a range hood, and modern lightbulbs. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
Image of a kitchen with a range hood and modern lightbulbs. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels

Can I use a regular light bulb in my range hood?

If your hood comes with incandescent lights, they will function properly. You’re probably fine if your hood comes with halogen lights. Transformers are used to reduce the voltage of both halogen and incandescent lights. Halogen bulbs are essentially better than incandescent bulbs because they last longer and shine brighter. I still recommend getting bulbs specifically made for range hoods.

If your hood comes with LED lights, you won’t be able to replace them with incandescent bulbs. This is because LED lights operate on direct current (DC), whereas halogen lights operate on alternating current (AC).

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “How To Change Light Bulb 💡 In Range Hood” from CJ’s INFO YouTube Channel.

This video called “How To Change Light Bulb 💡 In Range Hood” from CJ’s INFO YouTube Channel.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about LEDs or halogen bulbs.

What type of lightbulb should be used in a range hood?

LED or halogen lights are used in the majority of range hoods. Some use incandescent bulbs, which are becoming less common in today’s market.

What happens if I use a higher-wattage light bulb in my range hood?

Using a light bulb with excessively high wattage can cause the light bulb to overheat. This heat has the potential to melt the light socket as well as the wire insulation. When this happens, you are putting yourself at risk of arc faults, which can lead to property fires.

How much does my range hood bulb cost in electricity per month?

The energy cost varies, but LED light bulbs range from 5 to 30 cents per Kilowatt-hour. After a year of use, this becomes incredibly inexpensive. The cost of an LED light can range from $1 per year to around $20 if you leave it on all the time. Also, because you only use your range hood while cooking, the cost of running the LED light is negligible.

Conclusion

Now that you know the answer, you can choose a range hood for your kitchen. The important thing to remember about LED lights is that they last longer than halogen lights, which means less maintenance and lower energy bills over time.

This article covered what an LED lightbulb is and how it works, and provides an answer on choosing a range hood bulb. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • An LED lamp, also known as an LED light bulb, is a type of electric light that emits light by using light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • A range hood with LED lighting has numerous advantages
  • An LED driver powers the bulb by converting alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC).
  • If your appliance requires led lights, it is safe to buy these from an online store, as they don’t shatter in shipping.
  • CFM is the volume of air flowing through an opening in one minute and the unit for expressing velocity. 
  • Make sure that the light fixture is secure in the hood. 
  • Enclosed fixtures are better at protecting the LEDs from steam and grease

So, are you going to get a lightbulb for your range hood? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in the kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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