Choosing the Right Bulb

Have a Plan Before You Go Shopping for Light Bulbs

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. The room to light and the purpose of the lighting
  2. Amount of brightness you desire (Lumens, not watts, is the measure of brightness)
  3. Light color—color temperature (Kelvins)
    Slightly blue (cool) to slightly orange (warmer)
  4. Accuracy of colors in a room (look for a Color Rendering Index greater than 80)
  5. Distribution of the light: non-directional—best for area lighting (CFLs or halogens) or directional—best for task or directional (downlights, narrow spots to wide floods) lighting (LEDs)
  6. Review the True Cost of a Light Bulb. Keep in mind efficacy or Lumens/watts as a means of energy efficiency and look for ENERGY STAR® approved bulbs.
  7. Take the Shopping Guide to the store with you. Also make sure you read the information on the product box to ensure the light bulb is the "right fit" for your desired application.

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Choose a Light Guide

Learn How Lumens Can Help You Choose the Right Bulb

Choose the Right Bulb for the Right Socket for Any Room in Your Home

LED Bulbs

Living Room
LEDs for reading lamps, area lighting (reflector floods) and 3-way table lamps.

Kitchen
LED directional downlights for recessed cans or track lighting for food preparation areas (distribution of light can vary from wide floods to narrow spots).

Dining Room
LEDs work best for downlight floods in recessed cans and spots for track lighting. LED candle lights work best in chandeliers. Dimmable LEDs for dimmer switches.

Bedroom
LEDs for table lamps and overhead fixtures.

Bathroom
Globe-shaped LEDs for vanity lighting and LEDs for overhead fixtures.

Closet
Standard LED bulbs to reduce heat output.

Garage
LED downlight floods for inside and outside the garage or deck area. Make sure selected LED bulbs are rated for outdoor use.

Note: If the bulb is to be used in an enclosed fixture with a dimmer switch or for outdoor use, make sure that it is rated for that application. It should be noted on the product box.


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