Light bulbs have an enormous everyday impact on the appearance of our homes. Withyou have more options than ever before. In addition, they can help you save on electricity and energy costs. But how do you choose the right lights for the job? The trick is to think long and hard about how you usually use light in the different rooms of your home. This determines your lighting needs.
For example, you might benefit fromin your favorite reading lamp, but prefer from the lamp by your bed.
To this end, here are some room-specific tips to help you choose the right bulbs ̵
Much height? Make it super bright.
If you have rooms with high ceilings or recessed lighting – such as an entrance area or a staircase with skylights above them – you should prioritize brightness for softness in your light bulbs. Because the higher your bulbs are, the brighter they have to be to illuminate the space.
The most commonly used ceiling lighting products are BR30-shaped headlamps. The "BR" stands for "bulbous reflector" and means that the light in the bulb sits over a reflective shell, similar to a small satellite dish. Screw such a light bulb into your ceiling and this bowl will catch all the light thrown up and then reflect it back down and out, creating the widest possible pool of bright light in the room. It's the same trickproduce as much light as you have while you drive.
They have. The most common choices among them are 65-watt replacement bulbs, which usually emit about 650 lumens of light each. That's a good average number and fine for average height ceilings with at least a couple of light bulbs above their heads. Among the ones I've tested are 65 watt replacement headlamps from and the two I would recommend. They provide good value, are very energy efficient for the money (each consumes less than 10 watts), work well with dimmer switches and – what is most important for ceiling lighting – both are nice and bright from comfortably more than 700 lumens.
If your ceilings are higher than average, or if fewer lights are shining than you'd like, look forthat further increase brightness.
Dimmable means versatility for your living room and bedroom.
Some rooms serve only one or two basic functions, but others 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. Such rooms can really benefit from high-quality light sources that can adapt to the respective conditions.
The old fashioned method is to use a mix of different lamps and lights that serve different purposes – a reading lamp next to your favorite armchair, skylights for the board game night, everything from watching a movie and so on. That's all very well, but it limits you to a binary "on / off" lighting mentality.
The better approach? Treat yourself to a full spectrum of lighting options by making sure that all these lights are dimmable.
Upgrading your light switches to dimmer switches is one option (and not nearly as intimidating as you may think if you've never turned off a switch). There are also intelligent plugsthat allow you to dim your lights and lamps up and down.
The easiest way, however, is to replace the bulbs with energy-efficient, dimmable, intelligent light bulbs.– The cost has dropped significantly in recent years, and the introduction of voice controls has allowed people to quickly and easily jump to any desired setting.
And best of all, just about any smart light bulb on the market can be dimmed without flickering or humming, eliminating the usual headache associated with a dimmer switch in the wall. This also makes intelligent light bulbs a quality feature for bedrooms where a strong dimming performance and things likecan do wonders for your mood in the morning.
Consider colors in your kitchen and in your wardrobe.
I'm not talking about color-changing, intelligent lights (if you want to spice up your home with them,]). No, I'm talking about the colors that are already in your home – artwork, furniture, clothes in your closet, fruits and vegetables in your kitchen, you name it.
Whatever it is when it is colorful, you benefit from high color rendering light bulbs – lamps that help to make colors look their best. This is not always the easiest option as manufacturers do not have to note their color rendering values on the packaging, as is the case with the brightness and efficiency specifications. Some lamps that claim to emit great colors are really just so.
My tip: Just stick to GE Reveal bulbs, as I have not tested any for CNET after a five-year review of the light bulbs that does not live up to the promise of better-looking colors. These include. They usually cost a little more per bulb and most are slightly less bright than the average LED products because they filter out excess yellow light – but these tradeoffs are worth it if you use them to illuminate the spots in your home You'll appreciate accurate, better-looking colors day after day.
And that's what it's all about – although we take them for granted on a regular basis, we use light bulbs more than anything else in our homes. It's often the first things we turn on in the morning and the last things we turn off before we go to bed. So do not be overwhelmed by the lighting, because it's worth it and much easier to find the right light for every room in your house than you might think.
Originally published on April 13 at 4 o'clock in the morning, PT.