Choosing the Right Light Bulb for Any Room

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Unsure about what type of light bulb you need for each room of your house? We’re here to shed some light on the matter.

Work With the Fixtures

Some light fittings require a specific kind of bulb. For example, if you have recessed spotlights, you’ll need to use the specialist GU10 fittings that go with them. If you have a strip light – which might be the case in a kitchen or bathroom – then you’ll need to find a halogen tube for it. Always double-check to ensure you’re buying the right wattage, too.

To some extent, your choice of light bulb will be determined by the light fixture. Bulbs with bayonet caps and screw fittings come in a choice of shapes – alongside the traditional pear you’ll find round bulbs, sticks, spirals and more. For a standard light with a shade, the choice is yours, though bear in mind that ornamental fixtures, such as chandeliers, often look best with a more decorative type of bulb.

Set a Restful Ambience

In some rooms, such as the bedroom, dining room and lounge, it’s less about brightness and more about atmosphere. These are rooms you spend a fair amount of time in, so the lighting here needs to be bright enough to see by, but warm and gentle enough that it sets a relaxing mood.

Energy-saving spiral or stick bulbs are useful in living areas, especially where you have multiple fixtures within the room. They give off a cheerful yellow-toned light, and have the added benefit of helping to keep your electricity bill down in the darker months, when you need them on for longer.

For larger spaces with track lighting, consider reflector bulbs. Their mirrored coating diffuses the light over a larger space, which can be helpful when all your light comes from a single area of the room.

Shed Some Light On Things

Brightness should be your priority in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, as you really need to be able to see what you’re doing when preparing meals or beautifying in front of the mirror. If you’re not restricted to using tube fittings, look for halogen lighting or LED bulbs. These activate quickly and give off a bright white light, making it much easier to see what you’re doing. LEDs, in particular, use very little energy and can last for up to 25 years, so they’re an excellent investment if you’re planning on staying in your home for some time to come.