The lighting in your home is a key part of your interior design. Good lighting can expand a room and highlight other design choices, while poor lighting can leave your home looking gloomy and small.
Choosing the best light bulbs for each room can help you tie together the design of your entire home. Read on for more information about some of the best types of light bulbs currently on the market.
LEDs Are Some of the Best Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs use very little energy when compared to other types of light bulbs on the market. LEDs come in multiple shades and colors, which can help you customize your interior design.
LEDs even come in different designs. These styles combine the classic retro style of filament bulbs with the practical benefits of LED lights.
Depending on the brand, they can last between 20,000 to 50,000 hours before they burn out. This can save you money in the long run, because in addition to using less energy you’ll have to replace your light bulbs less often.
However, because of their long lifespan and energy efficiency, LEDs tend to be one of the more expensive types of light bulbs you can buy. This means that while they may be a good choice for changing a single outlet or room at a time, outfitting your entire home with LEDs can be cost-prohibitive.
Smart Light Bulbs
The newest addition in the home lighting sector, smart light bulbs hook up to a virtual assistant like Google Home. They can connect to wifi, be placed on a schedule, and can be controlled from your smartphone.
Some smart light bulbs can even connect to your smart TV so that they sync up with the movie or show you are watching. Forget surround sound – think surround lighting!
Of course, smart light bulbs are also quite expensive, usually more than LEDs when you factor in the fact that you’ll need a virtual assistant to make them work.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
Also known as CFLs, these types of light bulbs are the midway point between LEDs and old-school incandescent lights. CFLs are much more affordable than LEDs and use about 70 percent less energy when compared to incandescent bulbs.
CFLs are most efficient when you leave them on for at least three minutes because it takes a while for the electricity to flow through the gas in the bulb. This means that CFLs will take a while to reach their full brightness.
In a related note, this means that most CFLs are not dimmable. While some models are available, they are harder to find and come at a higher price point.
Choose the Bulb That Fits Your Home Best
Now that you know the major differences between some of the best light bulbs, you can make an informed decision about which would be the best fit for your home. All three of the above variants fit different niches, and it’s entirely possible to have all three installed in different parts of your home.
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