Understanding LED Lightbulbs

Hunter Douglas Roman Shades
Hunter Douglas Roman Shades

Lighting these days isn’t as easy as it was a few years ago. If you’ve been down the lighting aisle in your local hardware or home-improvement store, you’ve certainly seen the shelves and shelves of choices. So how do you make the right one? At Bretz Interiors serving the greater Denver area, we can help you with that puzzle. Read on to learn more!

Choosing the Right Bulb

The packaging will tell you all the information you need to know—the main points being how many lumens the bulb projects (a measure of brightness, usually a range from 300 to 1,600 per bulb) and its temperature (typically a range from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin). The lower the Kelvin rating, the warmer the light (for a cozier feel); higher temperatures produce cool whites (blues) that imitate daylight (better for completing tasks), and medium temperatures produce neutral white light. Use these numbers to determine which bulb is best in which room.

Bedroom Lighting

In a room built for relaxation and slowing down, a lower Kelvin rating will be a better choice than the higher, more energizing rating. Shoot for between 2,500 and 4,000 lumens, with a temperature of 2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin.

Kitchen Lighting

Cooking and cleanup require lots of workspace light. Overall suggested kitchen brightness is 5,000 to 9,000 lumens, with a temperature of around 4,000 Kelvin.

Family Room Lighting

This is often a gathering space in the home, to watch TV or movies, play games, or just hang out. You’ll want a variety of sources of light—it’s best to have some from above as well as from below. Consider a total of 2,000 to 3,500 lumens for the room, with color temperature around 2,700 Kelvin.

Make Use of Natural Light

Your windows are a source of light as well, so it’s important to use the window fashions that complement your electric lighting selections. From tiltable options like Heritance® Hardwood Shutters to raiseable Duette® Honeycomb Shades, you have numerous options for Hunter Douglas window treatments that can help you control light. Be sure to speak with one of our consultants to determine the right window treatment for your room and lighting needs.

Understanding Home Lighting in Lakewood, Denver Area CO

Bretz Interiors is a family-owned business located in Lakewood and serving the greater Denver area. In operation since 1959, we focus on delivering high quality products and exceptional service to every client. Our showroom has a wide variety of displays and our sales team is happy to assist you with any questions you may have!


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