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Smart Tips and Tricks in Maximizing Your Light Bulbs

February 5, 2016

Smart Tips and Tricks in Maximizing Your Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are every home's staples—whether they are attached to an industrial lighting object, or used as is. Each bulb brings out a soft, ambient glow that creates a warm, cosy atmosphere; something beautiful and nostalgic, as if bringing us back to the first time Edison finally develops a finely-tuned light. It's pretty basic, but as time and technology progresses, the light bulbs from before are different from the present make. Some are incorporated with new designs, cost-efficient features, and various colours.

It's simple for anyone to choose a light bulb, but do you know that you can maximize the cost and energy if you pick the right variety? If you're right about to change a bulb, you may want to read these tips below and save on your future purchase.


What Type of Bulbs Will You Use?

At first, light bulbs may have the same look, but the truth is, they are all made with different technologies. Take a look at some of the basic types of light bulbs in the market:

Incandescent Light Bulbs. Long used for decades, these light bulbs produce an amber-coloured glow. These are the traditional kind, but are now slowly replaced in the market by cost-efficient varieties.

CFL Bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are known to cut down energy usage than incandescent bulbs for up to 75%.

CFL Bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are known to cut down energy usage than incandescent bulbs

By choosing this type, you get to save money and efficiently use electricity at the same time! CFLs are available in different sizes, shapes and brightness levels, and you can easily find one to suit your home.

LED Light Bulbs. Offering bright, radiant glow like CFLs, LEDs gives you the best option for your money; they have three times the longevity of a regular CFL, and gives off the same efficiency when it comes to energy use. It must be noted, however, that these light bulbs are quite more expensive than the regular bulbs because of this new technology.


Where Are You Placing It?

A beautiful chandelier or a hanging pendant industrial lighting both radiates illumination, but not with the same function. Based on your interiors, you'd want to install light bulbs that seamlessly harmonizes with the room's function.

Edison light bulbs used in table lamp and hanging pendant lights for ambient lighting

For example, a living room won't require bright lighting; you want the setting to be soft and comfortable for those lazy nights while watching TV. That's when you choose to place ambient lights; you may want to incorporate it with your hanging lights or tableside lighting. Our suggestions? The simple glow of our Edison Teardrop bulb.

Your kitchen requires proper illumination, so you'd want the lights to be brighter for better movement, like cutting meat and vegetables.

Placing light bulbs in a beautiful chandelier or a hanging pendant industrial light

For this area, we suggest the bright white lights from our oversized CFL ball, or the 8-watt LED bulb.

Lastly, the accent lighting. These are the light bulbs you use to highlight a specific corner of the room, like an artwork, or a favourite furniture. This uses directional glow with low wattage, since this are employed for decorative purposes only. For this function, you can use dimmable lights our varieties are made energy-efficient, with the longevity of 15,000 hours.


How About Energy Use?

Bright homeowners will not only pick up a light bulb and just install it. You'd want to check out its brilliance and wattage contribution. In light language, you'll be speaking about Kelvins (the colour temperature of a lighting object) and Lumens (the amount of radiance of the bulb). Kelvins are particularly important because the colour of light has a great impact on the entire setting. It affects your mood as well as your vision. Now, if you’re wondering how many Kelvins you will need for a particular space, see some of the popular numbers below:

string lights - festoon lights with edison style bulbs of mood lighting

The warm, yellowish white colour from 2000 to 3000 Kelvins presents a relaxing ambient light, perfect for family rooms and personal corners.

The coolness of bluish-white lights, ranging from 3000 to 4500 Kelvins offers a pleasant, inviting illumination ideal for working environments.

The uplifting white light, similar to daylight, has 4500 to 6500 Kelvins and produces a crisp, bright task lighting, best used for open spaces and display areas. 


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