An Easy Guide To Choosing The Right Lightbulb
Pop! There goes a bulb gone, and that sound is closely followed by a sigh as you remember what a nightmare it was the last time you had to go bulb shopping.
With hundreds of products to choose from – replacing a bulb has become a daunting task for many. But it doesn’t have to be! Follow our handy guide below that will help you make the all-important decision without breaking a sweat.
Choosing the shape of your bulb
The shape of your bulb might not seem particularly important, but you could end up caught out if you choose wrong!
Don’t worry though, as most will be self-explanatory. For example, a spotlight will require a special spotlight bulb.
The best thing to do is to take your old bulb with you and match it against the shapes available – no one will judge you for holding an old, blown bulb up against the packaging to compare…we’ve all been there!
If you don’t have an old bulb as a reference, try and picture how each of the different shapes will look in your light fitting.
The main lightbulb shapes are:
Now you’ve picked the right shape, it’s time to find the correct fitting.
Picking the fitting
This will either be the easiest or hardest step depending on how much preparation you’ve done! If you have the old bulb with you or checked the fitting at home before you left, this will be a walk in the park. If you didn’t, it might be a little more challenging!
The six types of common light bulb fittings are:
- Small bayonet
- Small screw
Not particularly catchy, are they? If in any doubt over the right fitting, it’s best to double-check before you part ways with your cash. After all, you’ll soon find out if you take the bulb home and it doesn’t fit!
What watts becomes which lumens
Try saying that three times fast!
In the past, light bulbs would be selected based on the number of watts it can produce.
Nowadays this has changed to lumens, as it’s a more effective way to measure the level of light you require. The greater the number of lumens, the more light produced and also the more energy saved versus CFLs and incandescent bulbs.
If you happen to still have the box of your old bulb, this should have the lumens measurement on it.
If however you don’t have the box anymore, the best way to determine the level of light is to think about the size of the room and the number of light fittings in it and go from there.
Warm or cool light
Once you know the bulb shape, fitting and the level of lumens you’re looking for, you’ll need to think about whether you are looking for a warmer or cooler light.
The temperature of light is recorded on the ‘Kelvin’ scale – the higher the Kelvin the cooler the light.
On average, most UK homes opting for warmer and cosier lighting will get bulbs of around 2500K.
Last but not least (phew!), you’ll need to pick what type of bulb you are going to go for:
- LED Filament
Here at RLC, we would always recommend LED. It lasts longest (often up to 25 years) and has an annual running cost of less than £2! A no brainer if you ask us.
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If in any doubt, or you want to make sure you’re getting a great deal for a high quality bulb, contact us today as we’d be happy to help.