right light

How much light you need

Making conscious choices is essential in any decision-making process. In this case, self-awareness and the ability to identify own needs turns out to be very helpful. Any decisions, however, should be based on knowledge about the matter. In this article we will present the most important information about LED lighting, which will certainly help during the selection of the most appropriate lighting, especially considering the fact that the wide range of LED sources and the wide range of consumer needs does not allow for one universal set of instructions for the lighting selection process.

Incandescent
Watts
Lumens
40W 450 lm
60W 800 lm
75W 1100 lm
100W 1600 lm
150W 2600 lm

The more lumens, the brighter the bulb. A typical home bulb produces about 800 lumens, which is the equivalent of 60 watts. So how many lumens do you need for each room? That’ll depend on how big your room is, what color your walls are, and, obviously, intensity of lighting you prefer. Use this calculator to come up with a specific number, based on your home and preferences.

the right color of white for your light bulb

  • 2200K
    Amber

  • 2700K
    Warm White

  • 3000K
    Soft White

Warm,
yellow light

Best for bedrooms and living rooms; providing a traditional warm, cozy feel to them.

  • 3500K
    Neutral White

  • 4100K
    Cool White

A neutral,
bright white light

Best in kitchens, bathrooms or garages; giving rooms a whiter, more energetic feel.

  • 5000K
    Super White

  • 6500K
    Daylight

A slightly bluish,
bright white light

Best in bathrooms, kitchens and basements; good for reading, intricate projects, or applying makeup-provides the greatest contrast among colors.

What fitting or cap type you need

This is the most critical piece of information when selecting new bulbs–if you choose the wrong fitting or cap, your light bulb simply won’t fit. Despite that, choosing a light bulb with the wrong fitting or cap type is one of the most common and frustrating mistakes made when purchasing light bulbs.

Caps and bases are labelled using both letters and numbers. The letter indicates the type of base, while the number indicates the diameter of the base in millimeters (mm). There may also be a third letter to indicate whether there are one, two, or three pins.

What shape you need

This is the most critical piece of information when selecting new bulbs–if you choose the wrong fitting or cap, your light bulb simply won’t fit. Despite that, choosing a light bulb with the wrong fitting or cap type is one of the most common and frustrating mistakes made when purchasing light bulbs.

If you replacing a blown bulb, you can simply replace like for
like, If you have a new fixture or are upgrading to LEDs, which are
available in many different shapes, you may need to select a
different bulb shape. Each of the different shapes provides a
slightly different spread and angle of light.

Caps and bases are labelled using both letters and numbers. The letter indicates the type of base, while the number indicates the diameter of the base in millimeters (mm). There may also be a third letter to indicate whether there are one,two,or three pins.

The “right” shape of the bulb and spread of the light depends on your personal preference, but remember to consider how the bulbs will look when they are switched off as well as on. Also consider whether they will fit logically in their chosen fitting – you don’t want a large stick shaped bulb if it will protrude from the top of your bedside lamp!

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in a Goodlite™