Lighting can make or break your home’s appearance and feeling. Too bright of lighting can make your home feel like a hospital room, while too dark of lighting can make it feel like a dungeon. And the key to perfect lighting starts with what light bulbs you chose. To create the best atmosphere in your home, here’s what you need to consider when buying light bulbs.
Not All Bulbs are Equal
When it comes to energy efficiency, incandescent bulbs are the least efficient route you can go. A step above them are halogen bulbs which use about 30% less energy. Next are CFLs which use up to 70% less energy, and LED bulbs are at the top, using up to 1/30th of the energy that incandescent bulbs do.
Lumens are Different Than Watts
You’re probably used to comparing the wattage, but are you aware that number just indicates how much energy the bulb draws? If not, it’s ok — most people aren’t. If you’re trying to determine the brightness of the bulb, look at the lumens, especially when picking LED bulbs.
Different Bulbs Provide Different Colors
Incandescent bulbs typically give off a warm, yellow light. LED bulbs come in a range of colors, the most popular being “soft white,” and “bright white.” Soft white gives off a yellowish hue, while bright white gives off a whiter light, similar to that of retail stores.
Don’t Just Look at Initial Costs
While incandescent bulbs are cheaper to buy up front, they use more energy and burn out quicker, making them more expensive in the long run. LED bulbs may be more expensive to purchase, but they last longer and are more energy efficient, saving you money down the line.
When it comes to setting the perfect lighting in your home, you need Ace Solves It All. We are electrical experts in the Orlando, FL area who tackle indoor lighting jobs of all sizes. Our team will help you find the best indoor lighting solutions that will make your house more beautiful, more convenient, more of anything you want! For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (407) 850-4900.