What spectrum of lighting is best for your home

There was a time when people might have resorted to painting light bulbs in a certain color to change their spectrum of lighting. These days, though? All you need to do is pick the right LED bulb and you’ll have exactly the type of lighting you want.

Still, knowing which light bulb goes in what room can be a bit tricky. LED lighting comes not only in various colors, but also in several different types of illumination, each best-suited for a certain environment.

Lighting up the rooms based on their use.

Let’s start by examining two basic forms of lighting found in every home:

  • Task lighting: Its purpose is, as you might imagine, providing illumination as you perform any type of work, be it cooking, cleaning, repairs and so on. Task lighting is best used in an on/off capacity, although this can be tricky with insufficient funds or space.
  • Ambient and accent lighting: This type of lighting is much dimmer and serves to illuminate the home in a milder, more pleasant way. The purpose of this lighting is to somewhat mimic the effects of indirect sunlight – well-lit rooms and homes will often come off as even more pleasant during the night than during the day. Ambient lighting creates a general ‘feel’ of illumination and should be inconspicuous, while accent lighting is meant to help display a certain object of value or note in your home(paintings, carpets, statues).

Combining these forms of lighting takes some work. You’ll want to focus on ambient lighting by thinking of it as static, and try and include task lighting in a way that lets you easily remove it(table lamps are one example). There are obvious exceptions where you might want permanent task lighting installed, like your garage, porch or bathroom. Make sure not to overdo it, as this lighting can easily overtake your home and make your ambient light scheme less pronounced.

Each spectrum of lighting examined

The main reason many people still opt for outdated incadescent light bulbs is that they all provide the same type of reliable glow. With LEDs and CFLs, you’ll need to know what each spectrum of lighting does before making a purchase.

The first is soft white or warm white, which emulates traditional incadescent bulbs. It has the least Kelvins(the unit that measures the intensity of the light). You’ll want to use soft white lights in living rooms, bedrooms and similar areas where lighting is meant to take a back seat.

Bright white or cool white bulbs have almost twice the Kelvins, thereby giving off a much stronger glow. They’re commonly found in kitchens, garages and similar rooms where you need strong illumination to help you with your work.

The so-called daylight bulbs are the strongest of all and can have up to 6,000 Kelvins. They’re meant for use in rooms where you’ll need to pay close attention to detail, like when reading or working with miniature objects. Because of their immense brightness, daylight bulbs are best used in an auxiliary capacity rather than being a room’s main source of lighting.