Tip #1: Choosing Light Bulb Shape
Tip #2: Choosing Light Bulb Size
BR40 bulbs are a little wider than BR30s; they’re also a little longer. So if you find that they stick out too far from the can, you may be able to adjust the socket height to get the face of the bulb where you want it.
Tip #3: Choosing a Light Bulb Alternative
Tip #4: Choosing Lighting Technology
The original lighting upgrade was CFL lighting, which gave us longer life and more efficient lighting when compared to incandescent bulbs. But there were drawbacks to these, and many people didn’t care for the quality of their light. So these are being abandoned by both consumers and manufacturers for LED technology.
LED bulbs offer almost all the benefits of incandescent lighting while providing far longer life and much greater efficiency. These bulbs cost about 1/6 as much as incandescents to operate, and they can last 20 years or more.
While most LED bulbs dim, you do need to make sure you operate them on compatible dimmers; we also recommended sticking with reputable brands to try avoiding problems of flickering, buzzing, and loss of light output.
The only remaining question with LED is the quality of the light. While they do render colors a little differently than incandescent bulbs, this can be better or worse depending on the bulb and on your preference. You can see here an example of colors rendered a little differently by LEDs and incandescent bulbs. We think the LED does a great job!
Tip #5: Choosing Color Temperature
LEDs can mimic this warm look if you buy one that’s labeled as 2700K, but they also give you the option of choosing cooler looking lighting, ranging as high as 6500K, which would have a slightly blue tint. Most households would only use color temperatures up to 5000K.
What color temperature is right for you? This is another matter of personal taste. You might want one color temperature throughout the house, or you might choose based on the mood you want in a room. Bedrooms and dining areas may call for warmer color temperatures with kitchens a little cooler and workshops and laundry rooms the coolest color temperatures of all.
But again, this comes down to the look you’re going for. You only have this choice with CFL or LED lighting, since incandescents only provide warm lighting.