Bought or Buying a Home? The Right Lighting for You
Sometimes it's hard to envision what fixtures, furniture and lighting will look like, and nothing beats the in-store experience where you can get a real visual of the differences between products and sure beats online reviews and photos. So definitely head to the the store once you have some idea of where you're leaning.
In fact, the 7th annual Socket Survey from OSRAM SYLVANIA found that most Americans determine which bulb they need based on information learned from product packaging, in-store displays or from store employees.
Why is "Seeing the Light" So Confusing?
As a bright new era of lighting technology is ushered in, the array of energy-efficient choices can be somewhat overwhelming. Choosing new or replacement bulbs includes options for color temperature, tunable white light, applications and more - and newer technologies are more prevalent on store shelves after the incandescent phase-out.
While many home owners and renters are familiar with these lighting technologies, choosing the right product may be confusing. The main options to choose from in the lighting aisle include:
* Halogen bulbs are essentially incandescents with a small amount of gas inside, making them more efficient. These bulbs offer a range of color quality from bright white to a familiar warm light of traditional incandescents.
* Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescents. Improvements in CFL technology have reduced the harsh light often associated with them, and they are now available in soft white, bright white and daylight colors.
* Important note below: Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs have increased energy efficiency (up to 80 percent less than incandescents) and last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. LED bulbs offer a great range and quality of color and are incredibly reliable and sustainable.
Here's a Head's Up on LED Lighting
I've had some clients purchase LED lighting and found out after the installation that you can't just replace the LED bulb, but must replace the entire fixture. It's great that they last 15-20 years, but be double-sure about your decision when it comes to choice of style.
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