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How to Choose the Right LED Bulbs for Your Home

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020

How to Choose the Right LED light bulb

Choosing the right LED light bulbs for your home can be complicated. Keep it simple by remembering these key elements.

Brightness

It is a common misconception that brightness is measured in watts. Watts actually measure the energy used and stems from when incandescent bulbs were the industry standard.

The amount of light a bulb produces is actually measured in lumens. For example, a 60 watt incandescent bulb and the LED equivalent both produce 700 lumens yet the LED only uses 10 watts.

Color

The color of light in a room can significantly impact our lives. Research has suggested it can affect how alert we are and even our emotional or mental state.

Bulbs that emit blue light waves encourage our bodies to produce serotonin which makes us focused, awake and alert. Blue or cool white lights are produced by LED bulbs with a higher temperature, measured in kelvin (K).

Bulbs that don't emit blue light waves allow our brain to produce melatonin which makes us relaxed, drowsy and ready for sleep. Warmer white lights are produced by lower temperature bulbs.

Use

How a space is used should factor into which LED light bulb you choose. In a bedroom avoid blue light waves to keep your circadian rhythm from confusing the light with natural sunlight.

In an office setting you may want brighter, cool-white lights that mimic daylight to increase serotonin and keep you alert.

Features

As LED technology has advanced manufacturers are producing LED bulbs that can be controlled by smart phones and digital assistants like Alexa, change color to allow for different uses or sharpen colors in your food or favorite art.

LED bulbs are available in all shapes and sizes with many unique features and can meet almost any lighting need today.

To save money on your LED bulb purchase visit a local Be Bright retailer sponsored by CFU.

LED light bulb options compared to incandescent