They last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, they contain absolutely no mercury, and each year, they save homeowners impressive amounts of money in annual energy costs. They are LED light bulbs – and if you're the type of person who appreciates cost savings, you're probably going to want to start using them.
That said, not all LED light bulbs are created equal. Some are warm-toned and some are cool-toned. Then there are those that are best described as neutral. LED light bulbs tend to mimic sunlight, so understanding color temperature is important. Color temperature refers to how "warm" (amber-colored) or "cool" (blue-colored) the light appears. This is similar to sunlight, which appears very cool during midday but warm at sunset.
How to Choose the Right LED Lightbulbs for Your Home
Consider When You Use Each Space
In general, warm light is anything 3,000K or lower and cool light is typically 4,000K or above. So, if you use a space mostly in the evening, you're going to want a warmer LED bulb. If you use your space during the day, a cooler bulb will be better.
Take Your Window Treatments Into Account
Consider your windows and treatments when you go shopping for bulbs. Do you have shades or blinds? If you don't have treatments, which should you install? How will the natural sunlight and interior colors of your home interact with the light from the LED light bulbs? Is there a way to leverage all of the sunshine during the day and rely on LED bulbs at night?
It can be tricky to determine how much natural light to allow into your home so it will work well with your ambient lighting to complement your decor. Luckily, Polar Shades has you covered. When you schedule a free, in-home consultation, our experts will be able to advise you on the right window shades for your home’s design. Contact us at 702-260-6110 to schedule your consultation today!
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