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
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