Bulb Bright Ideas

There’s always something new to learn about light bulbs. There’s a whole aisle dedicated to light bulbs at the store, giving you more choices for you home’s lighting than what type of toilet paper to buy! We got to thinking, and have broken down a few things to keep in mind the next time you go shopping for light bulbs.

The three things most people are looking for when they’re buying light bulbs for the light fixtures in their homes are:

  1. Cost – they want a bulb that will give them the most bang for their buck. Some people want the cheapest option now, while others will look for a bulb that may cost more up front but will last a very long time, saving money in the long run.
  2. Brightness – they’re looking for a bulb that will do it’s job. The desired level of brightness may depend on the room or area the light fixture is in, or could depend on the shade that will diffuse the light.
  3. Color – they want a the color of the bulb to match the rest of the mood of a room or the decor.
photo cred: Buzzfeed
photo cred: Buzzfeed

The recent changes in the lighting world have upset a lot of consumers. Many people are angry at the rapidly rising costs of light bulbs. What these consumers aren’t seeing is that the actual long term costs to not only their wallet, but the environment are in their favor. Many newer light bulbs (LEDs, CFLs) can actually save homeowners money.

Pay attention to the performance indicators (lifespan) of the bulbs you’re looking to purchase. This will help you get over the initial sticker shock.

Brightness and color used to go hand in hand with traditional incandescent bulbs. The color changed based on brightness. Now, that simply isn’t the case. New technologies have made LED bulbs and CFL bulbs more residential friendly. They can closely mimic the look of our old time incandescent favorites.

The higher the lumens on a package, the brighter the bulb will be. The lower the kelvin (temperature) rating, the warmer the color will be.

Keep these tips in mind when you walk through the bulb section at the store, and feel free to give us a shout if you have any questions!

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Happy New Year from the Harold’s Lighting family!

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We are proud to have been serving the Seattle area and beyond with the best lighting products and services for almost 60 years!

If you have questions about lighting products, or need help restoring your favorite light fixture, stop by our lighting store in Seattle (Wallingford) or our newer lighting store and restoration center in Downtown Bellevue, Washington. Our expert lighting staff is ready and willing to help you with all of your lighting needs!

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Hubbardton Forge – Custom Handcrafted Works

We’re proud to be able to provide our customer with the best lighting products on the market. That’s why we partner up with the best lighting fixture manufacturers.

Hubbardton Forge has been one of our premier lighting partners for many years. They produce some of the most beautiful light fixtures on the market. They continue to be a leader in the industry with their hands directly on the pulse of popular trends and techniques.

Check out this video about the custom handcrafted decorative lighting they produce:

Stop by, or contact Harold’s Lighting in Seattle or Bellevue today to learn more about these amazing light fixtures for sale.