Guide to Choosing the Best Light Bulb Type
Lighting is an essential component of every room in the home. Find out how to pick the right type of light bulb for all of your home lighting needs.
Your lighting design should suit your home and your lifestyle. Thoughtful pairings of light bulbs and light fixtures provide an appealing look and effective illumination of the room. Understanding the basics of interior lighting will help produce the best results. For a closer look at the role of lighting in home decor, check out our lighting ideas for every room.
Light bulb packaging includes helpful labels that tell you everything you need to make an informed choice. This includes bulb life expectancy, light colour and brightness, estimated yearly cost, energy used, and mercury information.
Lumens and watts are two units that represent the light output and energy use of a light bulb. Get bang for your buck by comparing the life expectancy of light bulbs with the same wattage and lumens and choosing the one that will last the longest.
- Lumens: The measure of light a bulb produces. For example, a standard 100-watt light bulb emits around 1600 lumens. The more lumens, the brighter the bulb shines and vice-versa.
- Watts: The measure of a light bulb’s energy use. A lower wattage equals a lower energy bill. For the same lumens at a lower wattage than an incandescent bulb, choose LEDs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lights).
Note: Never exceed the maximum wattage recommended for your lamp or light fixture. Exceeding the maximum wattage overheats the light bulb and can cause the socket to melt.
In 2014, the Government of Canada began phasing out standard incandescent bulbs. Switching to more efficient alternatives is simple if you are familiar with the wattage equivalents.
Use this chart to locate an energy saving equivalent:
The colour of light ranges from soft white to daylight on the Kelvin (K) temperature scale. The lower end of the scale appears more yellow, and the higher end appears bluer.
- Soft White (2700K to 3000K), yellowish range: The standard incandescent light bulb colour. Ideal for use in the living room, bedroom, den, or rooms with dark wood.
- Warm White (3000K to 4000K), between yellowish and white ranges: Great for spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and workspaces.
- Bright White (4000K to 5000K), between white and blue ranges: Perfect for illuminating white or chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom, like our GE Reveal bulbs.
- Daylight (5000K to 6500K), blue range: Provides bright light that is excellent for reading and easy on the eyes.
Get inspired by bright ideas for stunning energy efficient lighting that enhances your interior design and saves on electricity bills. Think beyond the LED bulb.
Learn what type of lighting works for every room in your house. From chandeliers to floor lamps to lanterns, we have everything you need to brighten your home.