How to Choose the Best LED Light Bulb for Any Room in Your Home

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Just like us, every room in your home is different, having a unique and individual personality based on the activities that take place in a given room. The lighting choices you make should be no different. Thanks to LED lighting technology, we can now make every room both comfortable and supportive of our biology.

You likely have heard that sunlight gives us energy, but did you know that light bulbs work in a similar way? Bulbs that emit blue light waves produce serotonin, which makes us focused, awake, and alert. Bulbs that don’t emit blue light waves allow for our brain to produce melatonin, which makes us relaxed, drowsy, and ready for a good nights sleep.

When it comes to bulb color, lower temperature bulbs produce warm-whites, similar to a fire, while medium temperature bulbs produce neutral-whites, and higher temperature bulbs produce cool-whites or mimic daylight.

It is also a common misconception that the brightness of a light bulb is measured in Watts. Watts actually measure energy usage, while Lumens measure brightness. With that in mind, here’s a guide on how to optimize the lighting for each room in your home.

LED Lighting for Bedroom Use

DP_Charalambous-Andreas-Tan-Bedroom_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960.jpegIn our bedrooms, most of us want the atmosphere to be relaxed, calm, and peaceful. Avoiding blue light waves in the bedroom will keep your circadian rhythm from confusing the light in your bedroom with the natural light outside. This allows your brain to produce the melatonin needed for a comfortable sleep. Are you a nighttime reader? If you have a bedside reading lamp or plan on buying one, soft blue or neutral tones are better for reading specific fixtures, since the cool-white color creates a high contrast with the page.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 1,500 to 4,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2700-3000K

LED Lighting for Home Office Use

tracklighting1.jpgWhen lighting a home office, we want to make sure that the lights are maximizing our ability to be productive in the space provided. Putting cool-white lights in the office that mimic daylight will increase serotonin production keeping you focused, alert, and energized. Make sure to choose a place that won’t create unwanted glares on your computer screen. You may also want to consider LED Desk Lamps which offer great task lighting and the ability to switch color temperature on demand.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 4100-6500K

LED Lighting for Living Room Use

lightning.jpgThe living room is a popular place to seat guests, entertain, or just kick back and relax. Whether you are watching a movie or chatting with friends, it is important to have a mix of light sources in the living room in order to adapt to whatever the occasion may be. Like in the bedroom, it is good to avoid bright, blue-light emitting lamps that create serotonin and give us energy. Adjustable spotlight lamps can be pointed at the walls to illuminate artwork, family photos, or simply to reduce glare on the TV. Positioning spotlight lamps at walls or ceilings is also a great way to eliminate unwanted shadows.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 1,500 to 3,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2900-4100K

LED Lighting for Dining Room Use

Emory_43706CLP_43375CLP_Diningroom_Kichler_Sq.jpgWhen eating a nice meal with the family or guests, we don’t want the lighting to be overly bright and obnoxious, and we certainly don’t want it to be so dim that we’re dozing off. Whether it’s an afternoon brunch or a late dinner, dimmable overhead fixtures allow for that perfect brightness at any time of day. Soft to neutral tones for the dining room create the perfect ambiance.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2900-4100K

LED Lighting for Kitchen Use

b0ae591bbedfee02b5879ce40bd3e19a.jpgThe kitchen is in essence a workspace. Many of us start our mornings in the kitchen, so those blue-light emitting bulbs over the counters will help make us alert and awake while prepping breakfast. If you also have a table in your kitchen, a dimmable overhead fixture with a warmer color temperature can create a nice ambiance to balance out the brighter blue lights over the kitchen counters. Kitchens also can take advantage of recessed overhead lighting.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2700-4100K

LED Lighting for Bathroom Use

bathroom-light-fixtures-modern-640x708.jpgBefore we go to school or work, most of us get ready by looking in the bathroom mirror. Ideally, we want the lighting to come from around the mirror rather than on the ceiling. Using bright lights will ensure we don’t miss a spot shaving or mess up our makeup. Since many of us start the day with a shower, putting a high output surface mount retrofit fixture in the shower fixture is a great way to start waking up before tackling the day ahead. Use larger globe style bulbs to illuminate common fixtures places above and or around the mirror.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 3000-6000K

Written by Michael Richards • earthled.com
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