Light bulbs have a huge, everyday impact on the way our homes look and feel. Withyou have more options than ever before. But how do you choose the right lights for the job? The trick is to think about how you usually use light in the different rooms of your home. That will more than anything else determine your lighting needs.
For example, you might benefit fromin your favorite reading lamp, but prefer from the lamp to your bed] Here are some room-specific tips that Help you to find the right lights for your living space. If necessary, I have also added links to buy some of the best bulbs from our tests. Please note that CNET may receive part of the proceeds of these purchases.
Much height? Make it bright.
If you have rooms with high ceilings – for example, an entrance or perhaps a staircase with overhead ceiling lights – you should prioritize the brightness of your bulbs. The higher your bulbs are, the brighter they have to be to illuminate the space.
The most common lamps for ceiling lighting are BR30-shaped headlights. The "BR" stands for "plump reflector" and means that the light in the bulb sits over a reflective bowl, like a small satellite dish. Screw such a lamp into your ceiling, and this bowl will catch the light thrown up, then reflect it down and out of the ground, bulging outward to throw as much light through the room as possible. It's the same trickuse to throw as much light as possible while driving.
They have. Most common are 65-watt replacement bulbs, which typically produce about 650 lumens of brightness each. This is a good average figure and good for average height ceilings with at least a few lightbulbs above their heads. Among those I've tested, 65-Watt Replacement Headlamps from and were the two I would recommend. They are good values, they are highly efficient (each draws less than 10 watts), they work well with dimmer switches and – especially in ceiling lighting – they are both nice and bright and each output more power from 700 lumens.
If your ceilings are above average or if you have fewer light bulbs than you would like, then look forthat further increase brightness.
Dimmability means versatility for your living room and bedroom.
Some rooms have only one or two basic functions, but other rooms are used in a variety of ways. For example, you can watch TV in your living room, read books, play board games with children, or do other activities. Spaces like these can really benefit from lights that can adapt to anything.
The old fashioned way to do this is to use a combination of different lamps and spotlights that serve different purposes – a reading lamp next to your favorite chair, ceiling lights for the board game night and everything off if you watch a TV movie and such continue. This is all well and good, but you are limited to a binary "on / off" lighting.
The better approach? Treat yourself to a wide range of lighting options by making sure that all these lights can be dimmed.
Upgrading your light switch to dimmer is one way to do this (and is nowhere near as intimidating as you may think if you've never switched a switch.) There are also smart plugsallows you to dim your lights.
The easiest way, however, is simply to upgrade your incandescent bulbs to smart bulbs.– the cost is in the The launch of voice control has given people a quick and easy way to jump to any desired setting whenever they want.
Best of all, almost every smart bulb in the market is getting weaker This is done without flickering or humming, eliminating the usual headaches that occur with dimmer switches in the wall, which makes Smart Lightbulb n Also especially good for bedrooms where strong dimming performance and things likecan keep your mood up in the morning.
Consider colors in your kitchen and in your closet.
I'm not talking about color-changing headlights (but if you want to spice up your home with them,). No, I'm talking about the colors that are already in your home – works of art, furniture, clothes in your closet, fruits and vegetables in your kitchen, as you call them.
Whatever it is, when it is colorful, it will benefit from incandescent lamps with high color rendering values - incandescent lamps that help to make colors look their best. This is not always the easiest thing to buy because manufacturers do not have to specify their color rendering values on the packaging, as is the case with brightness and efficiency specifications. Some lamps claiming to be great with colors are actually just so-so.
My advice: Just stay with GE Reveal lamps, because after about five years of testing the incandescent lamps for CNET, I still have to test one that did not live up to its promise of better-looking colors. This includes. They usually cost a little more per bulb and most are slightly less bright than the average LED, as they filter out some excess yellow light – but those compromises are worth it if you use them to illuminate the spots in your lamp's home where you can appreciate accurate, beautiful colors day after day.
And that's really what we're talking about – although we take them for granted on a regular basis, we use light bulbs more than anything else in our homes. They are often the first things we turn on in the morning and the last ones we turn off before we go to bed. So do not be overwhelmed by the light walk – finding the right lights for every room in your home is worth it and much easier than you think.
Originally published on April 13 at 16:00 PT.