Lighting in a room isn’t just a décor aspect, it can affect everything from your eyesight to your body’s internal schedule! With there being so many options for light bulbs – how do you choose which ones to use? To enhance your home’s lighting, you need to first consider each room’s function.

1. What function does the room serve?

 Is this a room where you enjoy reading a book?
Consider task lighting. You want this lighting to be brighter than the overall lighting of the room. Under cabinet and track lighting can be used for this purpose, in addition to desk lamps.

Is there a piece of art in a room that you are particularly fond of?
Accent lighting in the form of sconces are a common type of accent light. They can create a shadow around the object for a dramatic effect and focus on the item you are trying to highlight.

Does the room receive a lot of natural light?
Ambient lighting describes the overall lighting of a room. If it does not have much natural lighting, then you will want to ensure that you choose a type of lighting that fills the room.

2. How do you choose the best light bulb?

Incandescent
These are the traditional bulbs that we have used for years. They produce a warm, flowing light but they are not very energy efficient.

CFLs
These use much less energy than an incandescent bulb and they last longer. They emit a cooler tone, but they can be purchased in a range of brightness levels.

LEDs
These are just as energy efficient as CFLs but last 3x as long. For this reason, they tend to be more expensive, but there are utility rebates available for using them.

Halogen
These give off a bright white light that resembles natural daylight. They are great for task lighting and use less energy than an incandescent bulb.

There are many types of bulbs, but these tend to be the most common. When determining brightness, be sure to pay attention to the Lumens. The more Lumens, the brighter the bulb.

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