Lightbulb Guide

       

 

We all know that today’s newer types of bulbs use significantly less energy.  But did you know that more lumens equal brighter light?  Selecting the right lightbulb is all about where that bulb is going and what you want it to do – and it all comes down to bulb temperature.  Bulb temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale. 

Here’s a quick guide to what bulb to use where, keeping in mind that the brightness for some spaces is an individual preference, so there is some overlap.

 

SOFT WHITE

Warm and cozy atmosphere

TEMP: 2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin

LOCATIONS:

Living room

Dining room

Bedrooms

WARM WHITE

Yellowish to white tones

TEMP: 3,000 to 4,000 Kelvin

LOCATIONS:

Kitchen

Bathroom

Living room

BRIGHT WHITE

White to bluish tones

TEMP: 4,000 to 5,000 Kelvin

LOCATIONS:

Kitchen

Bathroom

Work spaces

Home office

Garage

DAYLIGHT

Cool bluish tones

TEMP: 5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin

LOCATIONS:

Work spaces

Task lighting for reading

Vanity lights

 

The type of bulb you choose is also based on your preference.  All the bulbs below produce 800 lumens of light, so pick the one you feel is best based on cost, length of life, the look you prefer and where it will be used.

LED

12 Watts = 800 Lumens 

CFL

15 Watts = 800 Lumens

Halogen

43 Watts = 800 Lumens

Incandescent

60 Watts = 800 Lumens

 

So when you buy bulbs look for lumens not watts, as watts are no longer a reliable way to gauge the right level of brightness.