The light bulb selection plays an essential part in creating the mood of the space. This quick guide will help you to understand the difference between incandescent and LED Lightbulbs and what you have to take into consideration when wanting to replace the lightbulb of your lamp for a more efficient and environmentally friendly option.
Choosing the brightness
The keyword here is lumens. This is the standard measure of brightness for a LED bulb. The more lumens, the brighter the bulb will be. Despite using very low wattages, LEDs are able to emit the same brightness as traditional light sources. We used to look for wattage when buying new light bulbs, but wattage only measures energy use. With traditional incandescent bulbs, more wattage meant a brighter light. With the LED Light more wattage does not actually mean more light. That is why LED lighting is measured in Lumens (Lm).
The main factor when deciding how many lumens you need is the type of lighting you need for a specific space. There are three basic types of lighting to keep in mind when replacing the lightbulb for our shades: ambient/mood lighting, ambient/average lighting, and task lighting.
The chart below can help you determine how many lumens you’ll need from your new bulbs
Choosing the temperature
Light bulb temperatures are measured in Kelvin (K) and most homes feature light bulbs that are in the 2,000K to 6,500K range. This measurement appears as ‘Light Appearance’ on the Lighting Facts label.
Use the graphic below as a reference.
NOTE: the colors of this graphic don't reflect the actual color of the light.
While color temperature preferences are personal, for our collection of pendant lamps and table lamps, we recommend soft, warm lights (2,000 to 3,000 K) that work well in bedrooms, dens, and family rooms – places where you want an inviting, comfortable feeling.
NOTE: Even though all the electrical components of our lighting fixtures (plug-in cord and ceiling canopy) can be operated with a 60-max lightbulb, when using our lampshades, the lightbulb should only be replaced with LED (light-emitting diodes) to avoid overheating.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send us a message. We will be happy to help!