Lighting Guide Series: Light Bulbs

Lighting Guide Series: Light Bulbs

We’re finishing off our Lighting Guide Series this week with all things light bulbs. Can you really dedicate an entire blog post to a light bulb? Yes! Yes you can. There is so much more to a light bulb than florescent or incandescent, Edison bulb or color temperature. In fact, we haven’t even scratched the surface of each of these categories.

It is very important to know the difference between what one bulb offers and what another doesn’t. Yes, their main purpose is to provide light but they vary in purpose. Certain lighting can effect our mood, productivity and even have an effect on the planet. So, let’s dive into the details.

It’s important to understand the color temperature of lighting you prefer, warm or cool? Which is known as the Kelvin Scale. (See chart below). I am a fan of warm lighting, so for my projects and my personal home I tend to select bulbs in 2700k or 3000k. Cooler color bulbs will fall in the 6000k to 8000k range. This temperature range also takes you to a CFL or LED bulb vs. Incandescent or Halogen.

You can also choose the type of bulb you want based on longevity of the bulb and energy efficiency. Here is a guide and visual for each category. Bulb type, base, shape and color temperature.

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And that’s a wrap on lighting! If you enjoyed this series and would like another – let us know what topic or category you would like to learn more about. We’d love to share!


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