Finding the right LED bulb for your home

Lightning is the most important, yet the most overlooked design element when decorating a home. The right lighting choices can help you make your space more comfortable, functional, and attractive. How you use each room in your home differs, so chances are your lighting needs will differ too. Think about who is using the room, for what and how much natural light is available.

Most people are making the switch from compact fluorescent lights (CFLs – usually distinguished by their spiral shape), traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs, to LEDs which are far more effective for saving energy and last up to 3.5 times and up to 5 times compared to incandescent bulbs. Before you go and buy an LED bulb off the shelf, make sure you consider these 3 factors for making the right choice.

Lumens

LED bulbs use very little power so their number of watts isn’t the best way to determine their brightness. Instead, look at lumens, which are a measure of brightness. Lumens can range from about 450 lm (similar to a standard 40-watt incandescent bulb or a 5-watt LED) to 2600 lm (a 150-watt incandescent bulb or 26-watt LED).

Kelvins

You’ll also want to decide on the color temperature for your home, measured in kelvins (K). Colour temperature ranges from a warmer, yellow-toned glow (around 2,700K to 3,500K), to cooler, soft white (3,500K to 5,000K) to bright daylight (5,000K to 6,500K). Choosing the right color depends on the space and your personal preference. For example, you may choose softer, warmer lighting for your dining room, and brighter lighting closer to daylight for a mirror area in your bathroom.

Color Rendition Index (CRI)

Finally, you’ll also want to consider the color Rendition Index or CRI. This is a measure of how accurately a light source illuminates an object’s true colors. Find LEDs with a CRI in the mid-to-high 80s at least to get the best-looking colors.

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