Home Design and Trends: Lighting

Okay, I’ve tried going green. The thing is, sometimes those energy-saving lightbulbs just are too harsh when it comes to lighting my rooms. I like the soft glow an incandescent bulb gives off. I also have different uses around my home – nice bright light for my desk, something softer when dining or entertaining guests, and a cozy, warm light while reading in my cozy chair.

In doing some research, I’ve found a few recommendations that I’m ready to try:

Best for pendant lamps: n:vision Soft White G25 (14 watt), $10 for two.
How long it lasts: 8,000 hours (or about six years).
Why it outshone the rest: This globe-shaped bulb looks great in a hanging fixture and casts a soft, flattering light that, one tester said, is “ideal above a dinner table.”
To buy: homedepot.com.

Best for track lighting: TCP Springlight BR30 (14 watt), $14 for two.
How long it lasts: 8,000 hours.
Why it outshone the rest: Testers liked the “easy on the eyes” pinkish tone that stayed consistent from the get-go. (A few other bulbs got lighter or darker as they warmed up.)
To buy: springlightstore.com.

Best for floor and table lamps: GE Energy Smart 60 Dimmable (15 watt), $11.
How long it lasts:
10,000 hours (or about 7 1/2 years).
Why it outshone the rest: Most bulbs were too dim to use under a shade―but not this one. Although it’s bigger than a standard bulb, it will fit most shades.
To buy: acehardware.com.

Best for task lamps: Sylvania Daylight Extra (13 watt), $5 each.
How long it lasts: 8,000 hours.
Why it outshone the rest: The clean, white light will “illuminate your desktop without giving you a headache.” It took just 15 seconds to reach full brightness (some took 80).
To buy: sylvania.com for store locations.

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One Response to “Home Design and Trends: Lighting”

  1. Chad M Statz Says:

    Thanks for the lighting research and info. When designing homes, I want to consider the direct and indirect lighting effects on the walls, furniture, treatments etc. I found this helpful, and will likely try your suggestions.

    ChadM

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