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Light color and lumens

Changing light bulbs is one of those simple DIY upgrades that you can do yourself. But it’s kind of a big question with a lot of math and science involved and they’re starting to get a little pricey to just grab a few and “see what you like.” So, sometimes, it seems easier to just call the professionals and have them come figure it out.

However, this really is one of those things that all comes down to personal taste. What one person defines as really bright isn’t always what another person will define as bright due to levels of light sensitivity. What one person says is “inviting,” another person might define as “depressing.”

We’re here to help you get the lighting you need.

Let’s Talk Color First

The first thing we need to know when choosing your lamps and bulbs is the color you’re looking for. Color in lighting is measured in Kelvin. And in this case, the higher the number doesn’t mean the brighter your bulb is. It simply shows where the color is on the spectrum.

Your color needs could be dependent on what you’re doing in the location, who’s going to be doing it, how may people are going to be in that area, and what their light needs are.

I for one struggle to see detail in warm light. So, if I’m reading or doing hobbies, I need white light. My sister-in-law, however, can’t do white light as that brings on migraines. She can only do warm light. So, keep in mind that you might have different color options in different areas of your home.

Here’s a picture to help you see the difference in colors between all the Kelvins.

It’s important to note that this Kelvin number is only talking about color, not brightness. Brightness is measured in Lumens.

How Bright Can I Go?

Lumens is the measure of how bright the light bulb is. The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb. The Wattage is directly proportional to that because it’s the measure of power pushing that brightness. So, the higher your wattage, the more lumens you’re putting out.

What you need to light the space will depend on how you intend to use it.

Are you relaxing in that area? Then lower power and warmer or cooler light is probably preferable, depending on your preference. Are you a cool or warm weather person?  

Are you working in that area? Then a higher power and a whiter light is probably preferable.

Here’s a guide to hopefully help.

One More Thing

LED lamps come in all colors and lumens. They’re highly efficient and easy to use. They’re not all the super-bright, ultra-white bulbs they used to be. Don’t be afraid to try them out, but if ultra-bright isn’t what you want, go super low.

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