There are many different options in parts and components for LED fixtures. This includes the choice of the correct bulb socket for the fixture as well as for the types of bulbs. With all of the different choices, it can be confusing when looking at the different LED bulb socket options. A quick review of the basics can ensure the right socket is selected for replacement of existing lighting.
Type of Socket
Anyone who has used LED lights knows that they typically have a different method of connection than a traditional light bulb. Instead of screwing into the socket using what is known as an Edison screw fitting, they use a variety of different fittings that allow the bulb to mount in the socket and remain in place.
The most common types of these LED bulb sockets include the following options, which are used in both commercial, as well as residential types of light fixtures.
This type of socket is used with a bulb that has two prongs off the base of the bulb. These prongs have an expanded area on the end, which slides into the socket and holds the bulb in place. The pins are placed in the socket and slid into position, creating a lock for the bulb. There is also the option to have the pins slid down into the two grooves, which makes it easy to replace bulbs as needed.
The rotary lock option in a bi-pin LED bulb socket combines the two, with the pins slid into the socket and then rotated 90 degrees to lock into place.
The Slimline sockets are designed for a single pin on the end of the bulb. This pin is inserted in the socket and held in place with an internal copper grip. This particular style is also known as a butt-on socket. The Slimline sockets may also offer a bi-pin design as well, with an easy snap into place configuration.