Which Light Bulbs are Right for Your New Light Fixtures?

The right light bulb for your lighting fixture will make your home brighter, highlight the best aspects of your property and help you conserve energy.

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Which Light Bulbs are Right for Your New Light Fixtures?

Posted by MARK Z. on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 9:48am.

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The right light bulb for your lighting fixture will make your home brighter, highlight the best aspects of your property and help you conserve energy. Not all light bulbs are equal, so before you purchase a replacement for your burnt out bulb, consider the following factors.

Look for the maximum wattage

The maximum wattage is important in selecting the right light bulb. A bulb with a high maximum wattage leads to excess heat and could also place your home at risk for fires. Take note that wattage is not about the amount of light that the bulb emits, but it is all about the amount of energy it consumes.

 A higher lumen output

The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb will shine. If you are lighting your kitchen, choose lightbulbs with a higher lumen to illuminate work areas.  In an average home, the dressing area, vanity areas, stairs and entryways should be well lit areas.

Lightbulb efficiency

Efficiency calls for several factors: brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, wattage, light appearance (warm or cool) and mercury content. Compare the efficiency of a number of lightbulbs to get the best one. Compare the lumens and the life of bulbs with the same wattage. In the end, you get a lightbulb with the ideal light output with a considerable lifespan.

Temperature

Typically, a 3,000K light source will provide comfortable lighting that is enough for interior settings. Too much heat given off by a lightbulb could make a room very uncomfortable.

Light bulb style

The style of the bulb may be the last factor to consider. You should consider the style of the lighting fixture and the type of bulb that is intended for its design. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to find out the ideal shape and design will fit your lighting fixture.

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