SIMPLE but GOOD Advice

Not too long ago, the craze was to get fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) which did cut down on energy consumption, but had the nasty mercury content to deal with.  Basically you couldn't just throw them away, but they could be turned in to stores like Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards that could properly dispose of them.  Now we have LED as a choice, which by the way has been a very nice technological advance for home consumers with a steep price tag.  Yes, LED bulbs are expensive, so be sure to shop around and try just one pack at a time before committing to a big purchases.  The four basic elements of purchasing light bulbs are: Base, Type, Power, and Effect.  The Base is the screw-in design as the bottom of the bulb which the standard is A19.  The Type is going to be Incandescent, Fluorescent (CFL), or Light-Emitting Diode (LED). The Power is the wattage of the bulb which relates to how much light it can emit.  And lastly, the Effect is how bright (daylight) or soft the light appears in the room.  We suggest that you look around for lighting displays in stores that demonstrate how much light each size (40w, 60w,100w) and effect can illuminate an area.  Other than power (strength), the next biggest thing to consider is the type of light, Daylight vs. Soft White (also check this at lighting displays).  You will find that each of these types (daylight vs. soft white) is desirable for different areas of your home.  For lamps, soft white lighting at the preferred 100w strength looks really nice.  For chandeliers that point upwards, Daylight can really brighten the room.  For rooms with a ceiling mounted light fixture or with ceiling fan lights, it seemed that Soft White worked best.  Please note that everyone will have their own preference, so be sure to try each type in an area before committing to buying very many of any size or type.  Regarding all those left over CFL's, don't just give up on them as they too were an expensive investment.  You can continue to use them along with the new LED's by perhaps mixing and matching what is used by power rating.  We tested a four globe lighting fixture on a ceiling fan with a combination of two 100w CFL's and two 100w LED's placed in an alternating pattern (CFL-LED-CFL-LED) which worked out nicely.
Step 1 - Correct Lighting Base
(if you are not sure, take one of your old bulbs with you)

Types of Lighting Base, Standard A19, Candelabra, Type W
Step 2 - Correct Type of Bulb
(Most Power to Least Power)

Types of Lighting Illumination, Incandescent Glass, CFL Spiral Flourescent, LED Plastic

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