Monday, February 12, 2018

Changing Lightbulbs can be Life Changing!

Ok, This is a long informative post so stick with me!!

Why LED Daylight Bulbs?!
First of all this is a total preference thing.. 
some people don't prefer the Daylight bulbs..

BUT, I am convinced they have CHANGED MY LIFE!

I for one want my grays to be GRAYS..
and my whites to be WHITE!
AND FOR THE RECORD: none of these photos have any edits on them! SOOC

So changing out all the lights in your house can be kind of expensive!
Especially since our recessed lighting takes BR40's..
• NOT ALL RECESSED LIGHTING NEEDS A BR40.
•BR30 is the smaller size & is a lot cheaper.
•SO BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR RECESSED CAN 
FOR WHAT SIZE YOU NEED.
About 6 months ago we swapped out all of our recessed lighting in our house 
to: Sylvania BR40 LED Daylight Bulbs from Lowes @ $12.58 a bulb.


I did a lot of trial and error testing.. at home & at the store.
I don't like to settle on things.. especially expensive things! 
so I wanted the color it was casting just right!
The color your bulb cast is ultimately a personal choice! 
So if Daylight isn't your thing.. 
the next step down would be bright white, then soft white.. 
which is getting back to those warmer bulbs.

{I did however keep my pendant lights & my stovetop light} 
{with the regular warm bulbs}
{BECAUSE, there are still moments in the morning 
{when I don't want the whole house lit up}
{HOWEVER, these Sylvania Bulbs ARE DIMMABLE.. }
{We have yet to swap over our light switches for dimmable though}
{That will be a post for another day!}


I also tried different LED Daylight Brands in the store..  
Sylvania brand was the best looking,
It was not casting those blue tones that Daylight is "known" for.. 
It was just casting true PERFECT whites, which is what I wanted!!
After the new bulbs were all installed,
I was literally walking around our house giddy days after..
REALIZING how good our house looked with the lights on!
It was one of those lightbulb moments for sure ;)
And to think... we lived with those nasty colored light bulbs for 3 years! !
in this video - I was using BR30's before I realized it was not 
the right size for our recessed cans which is why their is a price difference.

SO we swapped out all of our Recessed Lights to LED Daylight..... √
BUT now I needed to find new bulbs for the rest of the house!

This search has been ongoing..  
like 6 months ongoing
BUT, I finally found the perfect ones for our
Kitching Dining Room nook which needed candelabra lights.. 

So here was my dilemma.. These need to look pretty..
LED candelabra are known to have half plastic going up the bulb
 but I needed it to look as close to a regular bulb as possible. 
THANKFULLY LED light bulbs are taking the shelves by storms 
so over the last 6 months there is now way more options out there than ever! 
I had ordered 2 different kinds on Amazon.. both failed..
one was wayyyy too bright & the other was casting 
more of a green color on the walls than I wanted.
so they were both returned..
THEN I found the PERFECT Candelabra Bulb at Walmart of all places!!
 Wal-Mart carries 120, 200, 230 lumens 
I bought In Store -the 230 lumens
I only tried the 230 lumens and loved them

Found a link for the 200 lumens online:

No weird blue casting at all!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lindsey, how did you recycle the old bulbs? Is there any place in the area you can safely dispose them?
    thanks! Mati

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  2. Hi Lindsey! I had no idea what an impact the bulbs could make on the overall paint color on the inside of my house! I'm now considering switching ours out as well.

    Thanks for the tips!
    Hillary
    www.pnwlifeandstyle.com

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