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Home Lighting Tips That You Can Bank On
First of all, let’s start with that wattage label on your lamp cord or base of your lamp socket. Most of us use it as a general guide, if at all, but following it exactly spells safety. Going above the recommended wattage means overheating the fixture, leading to damaged sockets and internal wiring. Safety first!
Next, know that each room requires its own type of bulb to best light the way:
Bedroom: Go for a dimmable soft white bulb to wake you with bright, cool light in the morning and soothe you at night with warm light.
Living Room: Again, a dimmable light offers the best of both worlds here. Warm, yellow light contributes to an inviting, cozy space while a brighter setting helps liven up a rowdy family TV night.
Bathroom: If you’re looking for accurate lighting, say for makeup application, go with cooler lighting. Not ready for your close-up on those wrinkles? Flatter yourself with soft, white light.
Kitchen: Clarity rules in this busy space, so seek out a high-quality HD light.
Hallway: Stumbling around in the night suits no one, so seek out floodlight-shaped bulbs that focus light on the floor.
Dining Room: Cast a warm, yellow glow in this room to contribute to a more intimate setting.
Lastly, if you’re looking to save some money, the EPA recommends switching out your incandescent bulbs for Energy-Star rated light bulbs. Doing so in just your five most-used fixtures equals about $75/year in energy savings!