Which Light Bulb Suits You?

March 15, 2014

Which Light Bulb Suits You?

I remember the first time I had to change a light bulb in my room. I spent a good 15 minutes standing in front of the light bulb section, helplessly wondering which light bulb to choose. Fast forward to now, and things haven’t improved much. Many more types and forms of light bulbs have come to the market, and even though I know a lot more now about lighting than I used to, the choice can still be tough.

Ever felt the same way? Have a look below to see what type suits you best. There’s a vast range of light bulbs which suit different people. But whether you’re looking at LED light bulbs, incandescent light bulbs or CFL bulbs, this will help you find your way.


The Environmentalist:

You always try to look for ways to preserve the environment, whether it’s wasting less food at home or recycling your boss’ coffee cup at work. What’s important for you is that the lights in your home use the least amount of energy possible, even if that means the warmth / colour of the bulbs is not always quite right.

Your light bulb: LED light bulbs

In your case, LED is key. In many ways LED light bulbs save the most energy. They are usually a bit more expensive to purchase, but they make up for it by lasting a lot longer and using much less energy. Sometimes you have to compromise on light quality, as LED light bulbs haven’t quite got that warm colour that incandescent light bulbs have, for example. However, more and more options appear on the market that mimic old light bulbs. On the other hand, there are hip alternatives such as Diamond light bulbs that can spice up your interior a bit.



The Worker:

When you come home from work and have some work to do around the house, you want good light to do so. What’s important for you is that your lights do what you need them to.  

Your light bulbs: LED light bulbs, CFL bulbs.

A mix of CFL and LED light bulbs is good for you. Use brighter (and money-saving) LED and CFL bulbs as task lighting in areas such as the kitchen or the bathroom. They are a more efficient than regular incandescent light bulbs and the most similar in appearance but vary in behaviour and cost.



The Designer:


In your home, all of your lighting has been given careful thought. You’ve mapped out all of your lights and their specific placement and tasks. What’s important to you is that a light bulb fits its environment in every way.

Your light bulbs: incandescent light bulbs, LED light bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Use a mix of incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs to make optimal use of each of these bulb’s characteristics. Have a look at your lighting plan and think about how the bulbs will have an effect on their surrounding area. Use incandescent bulbs for accent lighting and general lighting if you’re going for a relaxed atmosphere. Use modern CFL bulbs and LED light bulbs to brightly light active spaces such as the kitchen or a home office. There are plenty of trendy designer options available nowadays in this category, such as CFL Plumen light bulbs.



The Mood Setter:


You like to turn the lights down low and enjoy the moment. There’s nothing like bathing in a friendly, warm atmosphere where friends, family and lovers alike feel comfortable. What’s important for you is atmospheric light, dimming it down and all that jazz.

Your light bulbs: incandescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs 

The good old incandescent light bulb is perfect for you. Use vintage Edison style light bulbs everywhere to create a content, friendly atmosphere. Maybe add a few dimmable LED light bulbs in task areas such as the kitchen for some flexible lighting that can be a bit brighter when needed.


Which one of these types fits you most?

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