As we move to more energy efficient light, are you confused about which bulbs to pick?
Today I want to direct you toward the best solution, although one size doesn’t fit all and you may still want to experiment.
First of all, stay away from bulbs labeled “Daylight”. While that label sounds beautiful and natural, it is NOT! Let’s dig into this a little further.
The next thing you need to be aware of is Kelvin.
Kelvin is not a person.
It’s a scale that measures color temperature, and it is the most important thing to consider when purchasing light bulbs.
Color temperatures from 2700K-3000K are considered warm whites. Temperatures from 3500K-4500K are labeled bright white, and 5000K-6500K is considered “daylight”. Daylight light bulbs are cold whites with searing brightness. They are not usually appropriate for residential design.
Incandescents have a Kelvin rating of 2700K, so try to find some in that range.
If your home is modern or you have aging eyes, you may like 3000K.
The final thing to consider is the CRI or Color Rendering Index.
The Color Rendering Index is how accurately a light source makes the color of an object appear to the human eye. It is a range from 1-100. The higher the CRI, the more accurate it is. 80-90 is considered good, and anything 90 and above is considered excellent. 100 is considered “ideal”.
What does this mean for you?
You want to be searching for a light bulb with a CRI rating of 95 and above and a Kelvin rating at 2700K-3000K.