Lighting is, undoubtedly, the most important part of accessorizing your home. Without proper lights, all those fancy furnishings and decor items would lose their charm. With rapid changes in interior decor trends, the definition of right kind of lighting has also been modified. In our childhood, we only saw tube lights, light bulbs and minimal decorative lighting. But as we grew, the world was introduced to LED lights, lumens and CFLs. It is definitely a great news that there are so many options to choose from but how would you decide the right one for your home.
The first step of getting the right lighting for your home is to find the right bulbs. However, you do not need to be blinded by the unlimited options, we are here to guide you through the process step by step. So let us talk about what kind of light will make your home all dazzled up.
There are mainly three things you need to decide upon to find the right light- Lumen (Brightness), Kelvin (Color) and the choice between CFL or LED.
Firstly, let us find the difference between CFL and LED lights. When compared with the incandescent lights, LED use 80-90% less energy while CFL use 70% less than them. LEDs also have a longer life with an average of more than 25,000 hours. They are the instant light-up kind as opposed to CFLs that need a few seconds to warm up. Though LEDs are costlier than CFLs, their prices are also dropping sharply. LEDs are the best for crawl spaces, ceilings, and stairways.
Secondly, you have to decide the extent of brightness that you need in the different parts of your home. The technical term for it is lumen and the brightness is now measured in lumen, in foreign countries. Instead of a 60 watt bulb, people are likely to go with a 800 lumen. However, the system in India still works on Watt; we hope that it will also adopt the same measurement soon. You must decide that which room needs a bright light and which one needs a little dim.
Thirdly, you must know the color of light that you need in your home. No, we are not talking about red or green lights. Some light bulbs have a yellowish luminescence while others have white light. So you need to decide which one do you want. LEDs are numbered with Kelvin Score ‘K’. Lower the K score, the light will be yellower. You need to match the kelvin of your chandelier so that they do not look awkward together.
Now you know which will be the best light bulb for your home!
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