How to choose the right light bulb

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Amount of Light: Wattage only tells you the amount of energy a bulb uses. To see the actual amount of light a bulb really produces – and compare classic, LED and energy-saving light bulbs – you need to know the lumen value (lm). The higher it is, the more light the bulb gives. This guide shows you what to look for when choosing a bulb.

LED: This guide shows you how LED light bulbs can offer you unlimited lighting possibilities. They're available in the same shape as classic bulbs, plus a range of other pure and elegant designs – such as gu10 LED. And, as well as producing light at its most beautiful and modern, they use around 90% less energy than classic bulbs and last up to 25 years.

Energy Saver: Energy-saving light bulbs use less energy than classic light bulbs, to produce the same amount of light. They also have a longer lifespan of up to 15 years. This guide shows you how energy saving bulbs come in a variety of shapes and designs, to suit every kind of lamp, light fixture and lighting application. They’re available in different color temperatures: from cool bright daylight tones to warmer white lighting. And they’re an easy way to save energy and reduce your lighting bills.

Cap and Shape: When you’re choosing a bulb to fit a particular lamp there are two things you need to look at. First, there’s the cap: the part of the bulb that connects to the lamp or lighting fixture. There are screw bases in different sizes, plus specific caps for spotlights and other special light fittings. Then you need to look at the shapes, which allow you to express your sense of style and achieve different types of light effect. This guide shows you how to make the right choice every time.

Color Temperature: Modern bulbs can offer different color temperatures – indicated in a unit called Kelvin (K). A warm yellow light has a lower color temperature, with a lower Kelvin value, giving a cozy atmosphere. Cool blue light has a higher color temperature, with a higher Kelvin value, which is more energizing. This guide helps you understand colour temperature and how to create different moods with your lamps.

Light Effect: Modern bulbs sometimes feature special “coatings“ to create different light effects. Frosted or white-coated light bulbs give a diffused light, which won’t blind you when the light source is exposed. Clear light bulbs produce a sparkling, natural warm light – ideal for lamps and light fixtures such as chandeliers. This guide will help you choose the right light effect to suit your taste and preference..

Dimmability: The amount of light in a room helps to create the ambience you want, and you can control it with dimmable light bulbs – including dimmable LEDs. This guide shows how to find the right bulb, so that you can easily turn the amount of light up or down via a dimmer switch.