How To Choose The Right Bulb For Each Room In Houston
Proper lighting plays a crucial role in the overall functionality and aesthetics of a room or space. For this reason and more, it would be advisable to choose the right bulb for each room. All light bulbs aren’t designed/engineered the same; some are designed to produce bright cool light and warm light. Some light bulbs are meant for the bathroom, or the living room should never be used in the bedroom. Using the wrong bulb, especially in the bedroom, can significantly impact your sleep patterns and how well you sleep.
The number of factors determines which bulb should be used and where. Outlined below is a guide on how to choose the right bulb for each room.
1. What The Room Will Be Used For
There are 3 different categories of lighting functions to consider:
- Task lighting
- Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting is generally the overall lighting of a room or space. It’s often considered as the natural light of the room. While most people will take advantage of natural light for ambient lighting, options such as a pendant light, chandelier, wall sconces, and track lighting can be used where/if a room seems too dark.
This category focuses on a specific part of the room, mostly a reading or work area. Task lighting is often brighter than ambient lighting. Under-cabinet lights and desk lamps are good examples of task lighting options you can go with. Track and pendants can also be used for task lighting as well – they, however, need to be brighter than the regular bulbs to serve the purpose.
Accent lighting, unlike task lighting, is generally purposed to illuminate a particular area or object. Its primary function is to create a shadow around the target area for that dramatic effect. Most people, and especially interior designers, prefer landscape and wall lights for this specific function.
Understanding how the room/space will be used should help determine the best lighting option for that specific room. The next step is to identify where the light fixture will go. Be sure to consider the different lighting options that might be needed to serve the purpose and their placement. Here are a few tips to get you started.
The Living Room: Consider including accent lighting alongside ambient lighting for optimal performance. Use the accent light to focus on one object – this can be a chair or artwork.
The Kitchen: Overhead ambient lighting is a must. You can then add task lighting to help illuminate the counter space or the sink.
The Bedroom: Consider angling the ambient overhead light towards the dressing area, away from the bed. Task lighting (bedside lamps) will also come in handy beside each side of the bed, on nightstands if any.
The Bathroom: The first option here will be to go with ambient overhead lighting, which needs to be bright enough to serve the purpose well. You can then layer it with task lighting for the mirror too. A lighted mirror would be an excellent option here.