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The Simple Guide To Choosing The Right Light Bulb

Updated: Dec 13, 2018

There's so many different bulbs and lamps now on the market that choosing the right one for your needs can be confusing...FEAR NO MORE!


Follow my 4 easy steps and you can't go wrong!


1) What Shape?

What shape bulb do you need? find out by either removing the existing bulb, check the maker's instructions.

2) Which BASE?

This is important as most light bulbs now have multiple base options. Check the existing fitting on the bottom of the bulb you're replacing, it will be one of the following types

  • BC Bayonet Cap

  • SBC Small Bayonet Cap

  • ES Edison Screw

  • SES Small Edison Screw

  • GU10

  • MR16

  • MR11

  • G9

3) But how BRIGHT is it?

We measure brightness in Lumens so more lumens = brighter light. If you're replacing an older light like halogens or incandescent's you need to know what the lumen output is

  • Old Style 25W = 18W Halogen = 4W LED

  • Old Style 40W = 28W Halogen = 6W LED

  • Old Style 60W = 42W Halogen = 10W LED

  • Old Style 75W = 53W Halogen = 13W LED

4) Finally COLOURS?

Incandescent's and halogen light bulbs only give you single colours, typically this would be 2700K warm white, but LEDs can produce different shades of white. We measure this colour in KELVIN or K and the most popular are.

  • 2700K - 3000K Warm White

  • 3500K - 4000K White Light

  • 5000K - 6500K Daylight



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