How to Choose a Light Bulb

Light bulbs have gotten complicated. If you’ve purchased one lately, you’ve experienced the wide range of shapes and colors. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some tips from Energy Star:


Floor/Table Lamps: Choose spiral, covered A-shape or tube CFL or LED light bulbs. Check the packaging to ensure the bulb is designed for the application intended.


Ceiling Fixtures: Spiral or tube CFL light bulbs are an economical choice. Ensure your fixture allows airflow to prevent excessive heat from shortening the life or decreasing the amount of light the CFL gives off.


Pendant Fixtures: While bare bulbs can be used, most people prefer the look of covered bulbs in their pendant fixtures. Covered CFL bulbs come in both traditional “A” or globe shapes.


Wall Sconces: Due to their smaller sizes, spiral, tube or candle shaped CFL light bulbs will work well in wall sconces.


Color: Warm white bulbs are good for use in bedrooms, living rooms or dens. Bright white or cool white bulbs are good for kitchens, workspaces and bathrooms. And daylight bulbs are good in areas where you’ll be reading.


Note: If your light is on a dimmer switch, use dimmable bulbs, otherwise the bulbs won’t dim and might burn out sooner.

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