Light Bulb Guide: Before you change to LED’s

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Recently in Alberta, our Provincial government announced a new energy program called The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program.  If you sign up for this program, the government will send an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer to your home.  They will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. While some may argue that you, the tax payer are actually paying for it, I’m not going to get into the political argument of this program.  What I will do is discuss the options and things you should consider when changing lightbulbs with this light bulb guide.

Light Bulb Guide

Colour Temperature

Most people don’t really pay attention when they go to change lightbulbs.  My guess is most people look at price and wattage and that’s it.  There is however something that most people do not consider – the temperature of the light.  “Colour temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb (lamp). It is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.” (Westinghouse)

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 Personal Feedback

My colleague Kim Barthelmes posted a great video on Facebook regarding her personal experience in changing her lightbulbs.

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Kim’s personal experience hit the nail on the head.  In fact, Kim also posted a great image of a skyscraper where each floor was clearly not consistent.  Can you see the difference?

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Light Bulb Guide: Choose Wisely

So when it comes time for you to change out lightbulbs, or when the government gives you free lightbulbs, be sure to check what bulbs they are giving you and make sure they are correct for your home. The wrong light bulb will certainly change the entire feel of the room.

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  1. Kathryn
    on 13.03.2017
    at 8:34 PM

    Thank you Sheri!
    This is very helpful and educational. It will help me speak the language of light and light bulbs when I am trying to explain what I need for my home and my projects. The illustrations and charts are excellent!

    • on 19.03.2017
      at 2:44 PM

      You are so welcome! Glad you found this helpful.

  2. on 30.03.2017
    at 7:06 AM

    Yes, the color of the bulb is so important! I just finished rehabbing a rental unit where the previous tenants did not care about lightbulb consistency. They had different lightbulbs everywhere and it was horrible! My favorite was in the bathroom lightbar. It had 4 exposed bulbs in it – and all 4 were a different shape, size, and color. I got a headache every time I had to be in that room with the lights on for any length of time.

    • on 30.03.2017
      at 6:00 PM

      That’s a tiny bit funny Kevin about the bathroom lightbar. I can see how that could have given you a headache!

      • on 31.03.2017
        at 3:26 PM

        It was hilarious! Except for the headache part…

  3. on 02.04.2017
    at 5:43 PM

    Thank you! My wife always buys different bulbs for each room of our house. Different moods in different rooms.

  4. on 04.04.2017
    at 7:44 AM

    OK guilty I have one of those homes “They had different light bulbs everywhere and it was horrible! “. After reading this article I have direction. So thanks, Sheri I will have to print off your colour temp charts. It may take time as money to change all my bulbs but definitely have to look at it. Thanks Sheri

    • on 05.04.2017
      at 7:57 AM

      You are so welcome and glad you found it helpful! My friend did a great job in her video and explaining.

  5. on 05.04.2017
    at 12:15 AM

    The LED lights or LED bulbs are not only energy efficient that saves a lot of money from our electrical bills. But LED lightings helps in choosing the right amount of light and even right color of lighting we require in our space. Like during day time we can adjust the lighting of our rooms to a minimum. At night, we need to illuminate the whole space. So, smart LEDs are available on all markets that helps you choose your desired lighting conditions and colors.

  6. on 06.07.2017
    at 3:07 AM

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    • on 09.07.2017
      at 9:03 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

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