Picking lightbulbs isn’t as simple as it used to be. In the past, pretty much the only choice you faced was whether to get a bayonet or screw mount. However, the rising popularity of energy efficient bulbs has added a fair degree of complexity to the task of lighting your home.
Fortunately, eco-friendly light bulbs are totally worth the added effort. Not only are they better for the environment, they also last considerably longer than incandescent bulbs. Furthermore, thanks to a number of developments in the industry, it’s now possible to light your home in with a multitude of different degrees of brightness and color temperatures.
If you’re a little overwhelmed by difference between an LED and a CFL, or can’t tell a Lumen from a Kelvin we’re here to help. Here are three simple ways to pick the right eco-friendly light bulbs for you.
Pick the right bulb for the right room
There are three main types of eco-friendly bulb currently available and each one has it’s own strengths and weakness:
- Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs) give of a soft light and are better suited to living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.
- LEDs give off a bright direct light and are better suited for the kitchen and the bathroom.
- Halogen bulbs give of very bright direct light and are best used for outdoor lighting.
When choosing a bulb it’s important to pick a type that will match the atmosphere you’re trying to create.
Don’t be put off by the upfront cost
There’s no getting around the fact that energy effect lightbulbs are more expensive than the old incandescent models. However, by using them you’ll save money in the long run. In fact energy saving bulbs are about 80% cheaper to run, they also last for several years.
Consider color and brightness when picking bulbs
Gone are the days when you could pick a light bulb based on wattage, now it’s all about lumens and color temperature.
Lumens indicate the brightness of the bulb. If you want a light that closely matches the brightness of old fashioned incandescent bulbs pick something in the 700-900 lumen range.
Color temperature determines the warmth or coldness of the light tone. This is measured in Kelvins (K) and a lower Kelvin bulb will cast a warm yellowish light while a higher Kelvin bulb will result in a cold blueish tone. For bedrooms and living rooms try bulbs in the 2700K range and for bathrooms and kitchens try 4100K bulbs.
Now that you have all the information necessary to make an informed choice it’s time to go out and buy some bulbs!