The incandescent bulb has illumined our world for over 150 years and the time to say goodbye has finally come. For many of us, this is a saddening event as, according to the LA Times, “70% to 90% of Californians still rely on incandescent bulbs to light their homes.” This percentage is high due to the love for the warm ambiance they provide to the space and especially, the price difference between them and LED bulbs.

When LED bulbs first came to market, they were significantly more expensive than the traditional incandescent bulb which naturally deterred desire to switch our bulbs over. However, as this technology has grown and become more accessible and budget-friendly for everyone, we now have money-saving benefits with our favorite being: we can have the same amount of light for less money! So, maybe, saying goodbye isn’t so bad after all?

With the goodbye of the incandescent bulb, we are saying hello to a new generation of bright, clean energy and we always know that we still can have the bright, warm ambiance we all know and love with LED technology. Check out the following guidelines below for more details!

 

 

REPLACEMENT GUIDELINES

 

Using Lumens

For selecting the brightness of the bulb, look to the lumen output instead of wattage! For all the details on this change of perspective, please read here.

REPLACE A…

  • 40 watt incandescent bulb with an energy efficient bulb that provides 450 lumens
  • 60 watt incandescent bulb with an energy efficient bulb that provides 800 lumens
  • 75 watt incandescent bulb with an energy efficient bulb that provides 110 lumens
  • 100 watt incandescent bulb with an energy efficient bulb that provides 1600 lumens

 

Available for All Applications

LED technology offers a great variety of color temperatures for everyday use (2700K+) to specialty colors (as seen in Christmas lights!) and are available for any type of lighting application including:

  • Medium-base light bulbs (common, everyday bulbs for lamps, recessed lights, and more)
  • Candelabra and torpedo bulbs (common for small lamps, pendants, and chandeliers)
  • Track lighting
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Recessed (cans) lighting
  • Built-in LED technology (built within the construction of chandeliers, pendants, sconces, exterior, outdoor, and vanity lighting)

 

 

AMBIANCE AND AESTHETIC GUIDELINES 

 

It’s All About Color Temperature

To create the warm welcome of the incandescent bulb that looks beautiful on any skin tone, select a energy efficient bulb with color temperature of 2700K. This means that the light provided by the bulb will be a warm, yellow color that is gentle and soothing on the eye, just like an incandescent bulb.

  • Soft White/Warm White (2700 Kelvin): (Recommended for mimicking the incandescent bulb) “Best for bedrooms and living rooms; providing a traditional warm, cozy feel to them.”
  • Soft White: 3000-3100K is a soft, warm white that is an industry standard. It is not yellow enough to exactly mimic the incandescent bulb, but it is a beautiful and usually universal temperature that complements any space.
  • Bright White/Cool White (4100 Kelvin): “Best in kitchens, bathrooms or garages; giving rooms a whiter, more energetic feel”
  • Daylight (5000-6000 Kelvin): “Best in bathrooms, kitchens and basements; good for reading, intricate projects, or applying makeup—provides the greatest contrast among colors”

 

Preserving the Edison Style

Although we say goodbye to incandescence, we do not have to say goodbye to the amazing style of exposed bulbs with glowing filaments! There are Edison style LED bulbs available and they are dimmable too! For those of you who love the character of glowing filaments in a glass or industrial fixture, we can still have that amazing look with LED technology!

As LED technology becomes more accommodating to our budgets, applications, and designs, we also see a global impact, much greater than ourselves. In one example by Title 24 Express regarding our home state, “Single family homes built to the 2016 standards will use about 28 percent less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating than those built to the 2013 standards. In 30 years, California will have saved enough energy to power 2.2 million homes, reducing the need to build 12 additional power plants.”  And with that, we have no trouble saying goodbye.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about designing with LED technology, would like to order LED bulbs (example above), or see incredible fixtures that use LED technology, please get in touch with us at https://www.thelightinggalleryoc.com