Back in the days, shopping for a light bulb used to be easy as picking up a box and stashing it in your cart. Today, with so many things to consider, you might be confused how to choose light bulbs that will suit your needs. You want your light bulb to be energy efficient, cost effective and aesthetically beautiful. How to begin the hunt? Here's one clue: start with the location and lighting fixture you're pairing it with.
Use it for recessed lights in your living room & kitchen:
For general family areas, overhead recessed lighting becomes your primary light source and thus, will be used a lot. You want to choose an energy-efficient light that shines in a single direction to provide you the right illumination you need. With LEDs, you get a whopping 80% savings compared to incandescent and longevity that is much more than regular CFLs. Our suggestion:Edison Teardrop LED 8W,LED Light Bulb Clear 95 6W
Use it for inconvenient locations such as stairwells:
If you're not willing to go up and down a tall ladder to reach a lighting fixture, then use LEDs. These light bulbs promise longevity and are best placed in areas you don't want to touch-up often. Other than stairwells, take advantage of LEDs by using them in tray ceilings, cabinets, track lighting and ledges. Our suggestion:E14 LED Filament 4W,LED E14 Opal Light Bulb
Use it for table and floor lamps:
CFLs offer an ambient, warm glow and thus, are perfect for dimmable lamps. They also come in a wide range of colour temperatures, from candlelight to blue sky colours to fit your needs. Alternatively, you can use halogen incandescent. These lights look similar to the traditional incandescent forms but use at least 25% less energy. Efficient and omni-directional, use this light to pair with your favourite lamps to provide a cosy effect in your room. Our suggestion:Plumen CFL Designer Light Bulb
Use it for your bathroom vanity:
High-traffic bathroom areas with frequent use can maximize CFL light bulbs with warm colour temperature. Choose whiter colours for your lighted mirror to show off colour and texture as you apply your makeup. Our suggestion:Oversized CFL Light Bulb
Use it for outdoor lights:
CFLs provide outdoor illumination that matches well with your lighting fixture's sensor. Use these lights to replace expensive LEDs, especially if you don't use outdoor lights often. Our suggestion:CFL Squirrel Cage Light Bulb
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Use it for rarely used lighting fixtures:
There's no reason why you should splurge on an LED for a lighting fixture you don't get to use every day. It's time to get practical. Opt for cheaper lights in your chandeliers, closet lighting and attic fixtures.
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