Why LED light bulbs are the secret to a happier home – Input
For a very, very long time light bulbs sucked on purpose. Not only were they absolute gluttons of energy consumption, they were designed to not last too long to keep consumers buying more of them.
Today’s light bulbs are amazing. Full stop. LED light bulbs consume a fraction of the power of traditional incandescents while still emitting bright, pleasing light that feels more natural to humans. Compared to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which emit a narrow band of light and contain toxic mercury gas, LEDs are a huge upgrade for those looking to save on their energy bill.
It’s also worth noting that LED bulbs last way longer than any other consumer light bulb. Most conventional LEDs are rated for 10,000 hours of run time; compare that to the few hundred hours incandescent bulbs were built for.
A few years ago I decided enough was enough and took to replacing every light in my home at once with an LED bulb. From the terrible fluorescent fixture that made working in my kitchen a headache, to the tiny incandescent candelabra bulbs found in my dining room.
If you haven’t made the switch to LEDs yourself, then take the opportunity this Spring Cleaning to get to it. Whether you’re interested in smart lighting or just want to get some better bulbs in your life, I’m here to be your guide to everything you need to know about LED bulbs.
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Perfect the temperature
The first thing to know before you go out and buy a ton of LED bulbs is what color temperature you want to get. The two most common color temperatures are 2700K (Kelvin) and 5000K. 2700K bulbs produce a very warm, basically yellow white light and are usually labeled as “soft white” bulbs. 5000K bulbs produce cooler light closer to natural sunlight and are often labeled as “daylight” bulbs. There are some bulbs with temperatures between 2700K and 5000K, like “cool white” 4000K bulbs or less warm “bright white” 3000K bulbs.
It’s important to keep these color temperatures in mind when shopping. If you have a room where you mostly watch TV with the curtains closed or are shopping for your bedroom, you’re probably going to want a lot of soft white bulbs. For spaces where you’re using lots of natural light like a living room, kitchen, or office, daylight bulbs are the best pick. Daylight bulbs are also great in bathrooms if you need accurate and bright lighting for applying makeup.
These six-packs include bright and dimmable LED bulbs equivalent to a 75W incandescent light, or 1100 lumens (lm). While we’ve only linked to A19-shaped bulbs, the most common bulb you’d need, there are LED equivalents for every light in your house. We recommend taking a fluorescent or incandescent light you’re trying to replace to a hardware store to find a suitable LED replacement.
What about smart lights?
I get it. Smart lights are great for lots of reasons like being able to set automations and change colors on the fly with some models. I personally own a few smart bulbs for these exact use cases. While smart bulbs are more expensive than conventional LED bulbs, as someone who’s …….