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Our Guide for Choosing the Right Light Bulbs for Each Room in Your Home

Your home’s lighting fixtures do much more than illuminating the space; it also affects the ambiance, ultimately transforming the atmosphere. Buying standard light bulbs for all your lamps and ceiling lights will make sure your rooms are lit, but they may also be costing you higher electricity bills and hampering your productivity.

To make the most of your interior design and ensure the right mood for every room, you’ll need to pick the right light bulb. Some light bulbs are designed to brighten a large room, while others give a soft glow that helps a room become more relaxing, like a bedroom, making it easier to doze off. Here are a few factors that will help you find the best light bulb for a specific room:

  1. Temperature

You may be thinking of how hot a light bulb gets when it comes to temperature, but it refers to color temperature, measured in Kelvin. The lower the temperature, the warmer the tone. Light bulbs with a color measurement of 2700K to 3000K emit a light similar to the white or warm yellow hues of incandescent light bulbs. Meanwhile, 4000K light bulbs radiate pure, white light. If you're a fan of natural light, you'll want 5000K light bulbs, which give off a cool tone comparable to daylight. The tone you want in a room depends on the lighting installation you choose, so it's important to consider light temperature.

  1. Brightness

Lumens are used to measure a light bulb’s brightness. The amount of energy it requires to produce a specific lumen level is measured in watts. Regular incandescent bulbs range from 40-watt bulbs, producing 450 lumens, to 100-watt bulbs, producing 1,600 lumens. Rooms like your kitchen or home office require brighter light bulbs with higher lumen levels, but spaces like hallways and closets may need bulbs producing lower lumens, around 450 to 800.

  1. Color Rendering Index

This index measures how an object's color appears under a fixture's light compared to how it presents in natural lighting. Higher values mean that it offers a more accurate representation of the color. Incandescent bulbs usually have a CRI value of 100, the highest possible value. On the other hand, fluorescent bulbs range between 50 and 98 while LEDs are between 80 to 98. It's best to get light bulbs with a CRI value of 80 or higher, especially for spaces where accurate representation of coloring matters, like home art studios or bathrooms.

  1. Light Bulb Type

You can choose from three main light bulb types available on the market: halogen incandescent bulbs, LEDs, and compact fluorescent bulbs. All three offer the same light quality, although they each offer different costs and energy efficiency.

Incandescent bulbs are the oldest among the three and were the primary choice for home lighting in the 20th century. These bulbs come in numerous shapes and colors, radiating a warm light that is very flattering on the skin. However, they're not the most energy-efficient, though they are the most affordable option. They're also hot to the touch since the energy they absorb is converted to heat.

Meanwhile, compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs look a lot like long fluorescent tubes commonly found in classrooms and stores, but these are coiled to make them tight enough to fit in lighting installations. CFLs rated by Energy Star use one-third the energy than halogen incandescent bulbs use while offering the same level of light. They also last 8 to 10 times longer. However, their lifespan shortens when they're installed in glass or globe fixtures since they don't get enough ventilation and when they're frequently turned on and off. They are known to give off harsh light, though modern versions are available in white to yellow tones.

Lastly, LED bulbs are the newest ones to be available on the market. They're the most expensive, but they're also the most energy-efficient. LED bulbs to give off little to no heat and use only 6 to 8 watts of energy to emit the same brightness as a typical 60-watt incandescent bulb. They also last longer than CFLs and incandescent bulbs. However, they give off directional light, unlike incandescent bulbs and CFLs, which radiate light in all directions.


Installing light fixtures in your home involves knowing the best kind of light bulbs that work for each room. By using our guide, you’ll enjoy attractive lighting installations that highlight your home’s best features!

DHT Electrical, Inc. is a home electrical company in Ontario with a team of electrical contractors highly trained in all aspects of residential and commercial electrical services. Contact us today for all your electrical concerns, such as repairs, troubleshooting, and installation!

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