Picking The Right Light Bulbs For You and Your Home

When it comes to finding the perfect home lighting, it’s not always easy as one might think. When it comes to light bulbs, there is a wide array of options to choose from. From Halogen to Incandescent to LEDs, the right choice can make a big difference.

So how do you know what lighting to purchase and what room to choose it for? We have all the tips you need to know to get your home perfectly lit! 

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Know Your Bulbs

Traditional lighting the offers a warm glowing light, Incandescent lighting is the older of the lighting option and is not the most energy-efficient choice.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) emits a more relaxed tone but are offered at a range of temperatures. The last longer than Incandescents, and save more energy, you’ll just have to take extra care with handling and disposing of them.  

LEDs might be the new bulbs on the block, but they have many significant benefits. From the most extended lifespan, they produce less heat and now are offered in more than just the harsh white light they first were created to provide.

You can now purchase LEDs that are similar in color and brightness than your CFLs but they will cost you more, but with the fewer replacements needed and the energy savings, the cost will be worth it.

If you are looking for a bright tasking lighting that is similar to natural daylight, you should look into Halogen lighting. Not only does it give off a natural light, but it’s more energy efficient than Incandescent lights.

Understanding The Terms

When it comes to purchasing your light bulbs, there are a few things you’ll want to pay attention to on the packaging, and that is lumens and kelvins.

Lumens measure the brightness of the light so the higher the lumens, the brighter the output will be. You’ll want high lumen bulbs in your kitchen and bathrooms and the lowest in your living room and dining room.

Kelvins measure the temperature of your bulbs, the higher the Kelvin the cooler the color will be. A warm white is usually around 2000k- 3000k and gets brighter or more crisp from there.

Once you understand your bulb options and the type of lighting they put out, you are on your way to perfect home lighting!

Here at TFC Electric Inc., we know everything there is to know about lighting and we want to help you feel confident that your Suffolk County home is well lit. For information about the electrical services we can provide, please call (631) 589-2800 or continue to look around our website.

March 21, 2018