Lighting plays such an essential role in home remodeling. To me, it is a make or break item. It doesn’t matter how beautifully you have put your new space together, and how carefully you have selected all your gorgeous new light fittings, if you use the wrong light bulbs the results will be disappointing.
Light bulbs are no longer the cheap item they once were. LEDs can last for years, so you want to make sure you choose the right ones first time around.
There are two key measurements on a light bulb that need to be considered.
- Correlated Color Temperature
- Color Rendering Index
See our article: WHY DOES THE COLOR TEMPERATURE OF A LIGHT BULB MATTER?
COLOR RENDERING INDEX (CRI)
This index measures a light bulb’s capacity for producing correct looking colors. It measures how realistically or naturally a light source shows off colors compared to daylight. This figure is usually referred to as the CRI number and is a score from 0 to 100, with 100 being the maximum, and the closest to natural daylight. Getting a high CRI number is like getting a good grade for color quality.
Traditional incandescent lighting scores over 95 on the index, which is why we loved this lighting so much. A light source with a lower CRI value may slightly alter some of the colors and make them appear less natural. The CRI index affects the color of your skin, your food and your décor.
The combination of the best Correlated Color Temperature for your purpose, with a high CRI score will give you the best lighting possible. LEDs, which are becoming more and more popular, used to score only around 80, but there are now bulbs that score in the 90s.
Talk with a designer or your lighting expert to determine what bulbs are best for your usage. Every time you look at your newly remodeled space, you want it see it as clearly as possible.