How To Choose The Right Bulb For Each Room In Houston
(Continuation)You need to choose just the right light source for the specific purpose or category. The bulb determines the light temperature and how bright it is. There are 4 different categories of light bulbs to choose from.
1. Incandescent Bulbs: These bulbs have been around for decades and notorious for their energy inefficiency. Incandescent light bulbs produce a warm glowing light.
2. Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Bulbs: CFLs are considerably more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs as they use up to 75% less energy. These light bulbs produce cooler light tones but at different brightness levels. Compact fluorescents are also more durable than incandescent bulbs. The bulbs, however, contain small amounts of mercury hence should be handled with care, especially when disposing of.
3. LEDs: LED bulbs are as energy-efficient (or even better) than CFLs. These bulbs are the most durable of the lot, lasting at least 3 times longer. They were initially preferred for task lighting but have since evolved to blend in other uses and spaces. LED bulbs, however, tend to be more expensive than the rest, which is a small cost to pay for their unrivaled performance and energy efficiency.
4. Halogens: Halogens are a preferred option for task lighting and for a good reason. They use up, up to 20% less energy than incandescents and produce a bright daylight-like light. The light produced is thus soft to the eyes, which is unlike LEDs that can be harsh and irritating.
Lumens Is Equivalent To The Level Of Brightness
A bulb’s brightness level is measured in lumens – more lumens equal brighter. The standard 60-watt bulb used at home produces around 800 lumens. A brighter bulb may, however, be required for larger rooms and vice versa. Other factors, such as your walls’ color and preferred light intensity, should be considered when choosing a light bulb. Here is a breakdown of the recommended brightness level or lumens for different rooms in the house.
a. Kitchens: between 5,000 and 10,000 lumens
b. Bathrooms: between 4000 and 8000 lumens
c. Living rooms: between 1500 and 3000 lumens
d. Bedrooms: anything between 2000 and 4000 lumens
e. Home offices: 3000 to 6000 lumens
f. Dining rooms: 3000 to 6000 lumens
Kelvins Is Equal To Light Appearance Or Temperature
Color temperature is as important as brightness levels. Choosing the right color temperature for your bulbs can help produce better results too. Some bulbs, especially CFLs, were known to produce cool light, though they have evolved with time. You can thus get CFL bulbs producing warmer yellow tones too. Outlined below is a guide to help you choose the right color tone for various applications.
1. 2700 Kelvins (soft, warm white): This color tone is mostly recommended for living and bedrooms. It helps add a warm, comfortable feel to the room.
2. 4100 Kelvins (bright white/cool white): This tone is recommended for areas that need an energetic feel. These include garages, bathrooms, and kitchens.
3. 5000 – 6000 kelvins (Daylight): This is the best light temperature for intricate projects, reading, applying makeup, and home offices. It is thus the best option for kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and home offices.
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