Thursday, June 5th, is the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP’s) World Environment Day (WED). In the spirit of WED, one of the most practical ways we can all begin conserving energy and doing our part to preserve the environment is by upgrading to energy-efficient light bulbs. With all the new lighting options currently available, it’s important to understand which characteristics should be considered when purchasing CFL and LED bulbs for the home. Below is a room-by-room breakdown of the recommended lighting for each unique space in a typical house.
The major elements to consider are: fixture type (eye level, recessed, chandelier, etc.), light bulb shape (A-shape, PAR, Spiral, etc.), and color temperature (soft or warm white, cool or bright white, and daylight – measured in Kelvin degrees – the higher the number, the more closely it resembles daylight, or 6500K).
In both the kitchen and living room, the color of the walls should also be accounted for, as using warmer tones (2700K – 3000K) with a warmer color palette (reds, oranges, yellows and browns) and cooler tones (4000K and above) with cool colored walls (blues, greens and purples) will enhance every space.
In other rooms, such as basements or rec rooms, using brighter white light bulbs will be more effective at creating a true contrast between colors and providing adequate light output for performing detailed tasks and playing games.
With the range of fixtures, lamp shapes and color temperatures that can be used and interchanged to give optimal lighting in each room of our homes, picking out the exact right energy-saving bulbs can be a complex undertaking; but with the right understanding, it can be pretty fun and beneficial, too. Stop by your local Batteries Plus Bulbs store, have an expert walk you through all of your options, and compare different bulbs right in the store!
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