You’ve taken the time to pick out the perfect fixtures for every room in your house, from the foyer chandelier to the wall sconces in your bedroom. You love how each one looks and how it functions within the room, but what about the bulbs for each fixture? The lamp or pendant should have a bulb rating associated with it, and the experts at Southern Lights can help you pick the best bulbs for each fixture. However, it’s still important to know why certain bulbs are better in certain fixtures, and what bulbs will function best within a specific room.
Lumens and Watts
By now, you’ve probably heard of or read about the difference between lumens and watts. With old incandescent bulbs, watts were where it was at, but with new LED technology, lumens are more important. Watts measure the power the bulbs uses, while lumens indicate the bulb’s light output. No matter what type of lighting you’re dealing with – ambient (general), task, or accent – having the right bulbs can make all the difference. For example, if you have a reading nook in the corner of your living room, you’ll want a lamp that has a bright, warm light.
What Type of Bulb to Use?
Incandescent bulbs are being slowly phased out for newer, more efficient bulbs such as compact fluorescent (CFL) and LEDs (which stands for light emitting diodes). Both CFLs and LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and come in a wide array of colors and warmths. The “warmer” a bulb is, the yellower the light it produces will be, and warmer bulbs are often best for table lamps, sconces, and other accent lighting. “Cooler” bulbs, which range higher on the color temperature scale, provide whiter light and are ideal for focused lighting, such as in the bathroom vanity or for task lighting in the kitchen. For bulbs that best emulate natural daylight, pick bulbs in the top of the color temperature range (4600K to 6500K). These are great for security spotlights and some outdoor lighting. Our lighting experts will gladly explain the Kelvin (K) scale and how to apply it during your bulb selection.
Going Room by Room
One of the best ways to choose bulbs is to go room by room and pick options for each fixture. For your kitchen, think about the fixture and the color of the walls, then choose bulbs for your overhead fixture, your task lighting, and any accent lighting you may need for decor or artwork. In the bedroom, pick bulbs for your bedside lamps, thinking about whether or not they’re for reading or simply accent lighting that you use in the morning and at night. In the bathroom, you want bright lighting, but not necessarily overhead, as that can create unwanted shadows when you’re shaving or applying makeup. We’ll walk through all of the bulb options with you and help you make the best choices.
If you’re shopping for new fixtures, bulbs, or just need assistance with a new lighting design, come to Southern Lights today. We look forward to helping you!