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Let's talk lighting! First let’s think about what you will be doing in the room – how bright do you want it? Brightness is called lumens, (800 lumens is a 60W bulb).
Then consider the color temperature of the light – do you want an invigorating blue tint or a calming yellow? Kelvins are a scale for the color of light, the higher the number the cooler (bluer) the light will appear. For reference, a candle burns at 1,900K and sunlight is 10,000K.
DAYLIGHT BULBS: We want the most invigorating light in the kitchen, bathroom, garage (so higher lumens at least 1600 – 100 W equivalent). Also high Kelvins called Daylight (that are close to that blue invigorating light) you’ll be doing intricate projects, applying makeup and this lighting provides the greatest contrast among colors. I have here Reveal and it’s exceptional color contrast and boldness without the bluish tone of Daylight as an alternative for these rooms.
o BRIGHT WHITE Followed by dining rooms and home offices. Bright White/Cool White (4000 Kelvin): giving rooms a whiter, energetic feel, but not quite as intense as Daylight. Here 1100 lumens would be good (75W equivalent).
o SOFT WHITE The lower lumens rein where people are chilling out, in living rooms and bedrooms. Soft White/Warm White (2700 Kelvin): Best for bedrooms and living rooms; providing a traditional warm hue, think of that nice yellowish glow, cozy. 800 lumens – 60 W equivalent.
The nice thing is, with some smart bulbs these days – like this one from C by GE Smart Color Bulb you can switch between brightness and kelvins all in one bulb – so you get the best of all worlds in one bulb, that warm, bright, daylight, dimmable so various lumen output, no hub required. And that extra flexibility is important as so many of our rooms have needed to be multi-functional this year like a dining room also serving as a home office and virtual classroom.
• Battery Back Up: LED+ Battery Backup bulb gives you power over power outages. 5 hours battery powered life at 95 lumens, automatically recharges when electricity is on, 60W equivalent light output for everyday use
• LED+ Speaker bulb connects to your phone, tablet, TV or other Bluetooth® compatible device so sound streams from your light source. Sync up to ten bulbs to create wire-free, high-quality surround sound. 60 Watt equivalent light output for everyday use
There is also motion, dusk to dawn, bulbs with timers – no app required and nothing to download with these LED+ bulbs, remote controls included.
Question: What about home accessories to bring my lighting to life?
Update the look of any room with new lighting. We are all working from home a lot more these days so bring the convenience of office features home. Check out this workstation lamp base from Lamps Plus, you can place any lamp on top. There are two built-in USB ports for charging phones and other electronics, plus one outlet plug. And...best yet - another outlet plug gives you touch dimming control of your lamp Plug the lamp into the outlet, then touch the base to control it!
For more information and inspiration from Kathryn Emery, Home Improvement and Lifestyle Expert, visit bethebesthome.comhttps://www.gelighting.com/led-hd-bulbs/reveal
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