Types of lightbulbs you can install in your home vary from fixture to fixture, and Living.ca has everything you need to make the switch over to LED bulbs. With this guide, you’ll be able to pick out the best solution for installation, to replace old, incandescent bulbs with bright, energy-efficient LEDs.
The old standard for lighting was CFL bulbs, which stands for Compact Fluorescent. This type of bulb saved up to 75% of energy costs when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Lasting up to 9 years, these bulbs also contained amounts of mercury, making them difficult to handle and dispose, and they weren’t equipped to hold up under the stress of a power surge, making it unrealistic to install in places such as your workshop.
LED bulbs, on the other hand, save up to 86% in annual energy costs, last up to 20 years of lighting, and contain no mercury. Additionally, the LED light is so efficient, it won’t add to heat buildup in the home, unlike inefficient incandescent bulbs, which heat a filament until it glows in order to light up.
Furthermore, incandescent bulbs last only about a yearlong period of usage, and are so inefficient, in the future, they’ll only be used in specialty fixtures such as chandeliers.
There’s certain pieces of vocabulary to familiarize yourself with when it comes to picking the right bulb for you. Lumens mean the amount of light emitted. The greater the lumens, the brighter the light. Watts refer to the amount of energy a bulb uses. Lower wattage means lower electricity bills. CFLs and LEDs emit the same number of lumens as incandescent bulbs at a fraction of the wattage, so an 8-12W LED bulb is equivalent to a 15W CFL, or 60W incandescent.
Lastly, let’s talk about light colour. Colour is measured in Kelvins, as a temperature. A lower K-value usually means a yellower light; whereas a higher K-value indicates whiter or bluer light.
Soft White is a colour located in the yellowish range of 2700K-3000K and is the standard colour of incandescent bulbs, good for living rooms, bedrooms, and highlighting dark woods.
Warm White, between the yellowish and white ranges, measures in at 3000K-4000K, making it the perfect colour temperature for lighting kitchens, workspaces, and bathrooms, being slightly more intense than soft whites.
Bright White, between the white and blue ranges, clocks in at 4000K-5000K. These bulbs are best for kitchens and bathrooms with white or chrome fixtures.
Daylight, squarely in the blue range, measures at 5000K-6500K and is a bright enough colour temperature to be made perfect for reading.
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