These days, it seems like the lighting aisle at the local home-improvement or hardware store is filled with an overwhelming assortment of lightbulbs. Gone are the days of selecting the right wattage and moving on—now there’s so much more to consider. At Perfect Fit Window Fashions serving Naples, Florida, we’re happy to offer some insight into which bulbs do best in which rooms and how you can get your lighting to work for you instead of against you. Read on to learn more!
Choosing the Right LED Bulbs
Bulbs come in different sizes, shapes, strengths, and, interestingly, colors. Each bulb is marked with its wattage (a measure of the energy expenditure—LED bulbs use fewer watts than the old incandescent ones), the number of lumens it projects (a measure of brightness, usually a range from 300 to 1,600 per bulb), and its temperature rating (typically a range from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin). The lower the Kelvin rating, the warmer the light (for a cozier feel); higher temperatures produce cool whites (blues) that imitate daylight (better for completing tasks), and medium temperatures produce neutral white light. Wattage isn’t important anymore because light fixtures can handle much larger watts than the LEDs produce, so pay attention to the last two numbers as you decide your lighting for each room. For example:
- Bedrooms do best with between 2,500 and 4,000 lumens and a temperature of 2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin.
- Family rooms work best with a total of 2,000 to 3,500 lumens for the room, with color temperature around 2,700 Kelvin
- Bathrooms do well with a total of 5,000 to 7,500 lumens and a color temperature around 4,000 Kelvin.
- Your kitchen will want brightness of 5,000 to 9,000 lumens, with a temperature of around 4,000 Kelvin.
- A home office would do well with a suggested overall brightness of 3,000 to 5,000 lumens, with a temperature of 3,500 to 4,500 Kelvin.
Natural Light Is Important Too
Factor in natural light and how to control it during the day as you consider the overall lighting needs of your space. From tiltable options like Heritance® Hardwood Shutters to raiseable Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, your options for window treatments from Hunter Douglas are vast and include choices that will work great with your décor. Our consultants will be happy to help you determine the right window fashion for your room and lighting needs.
Understanding Home Lighting in the Naples, Bonita Springs FL Area
Visit our showroom in Estero, FL, serving the areas of Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples and Ft. Myers. Contact us today for a design consultation– we’re looking forward to serving you!