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Let there be light!

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:43

Let there be light!

A few hints from ypur local professional Home Inspector about lighting your home.

At one time selecting a light bulb for everyday use was easy. Basically you choose a size and take it home. Oh, there were a couple of different bases but most light fixtures used the same one so it was hard to go wrong. Hit the lighting row in your favorite big box store nowadays and you have to figure out if you want incandescent, CFL or LED. The need to select a warmth, and if it needs to be dimmable.
 
Warmth now refers to the basic color of light emitted and can vary between about 2500 - 10000 Kelvin. The lower number will produce a warmer light more in the tradition of our old familiar incandescent bulbs.
2700 - 3000 K is a warm white.
3000 - 4500 K is a natural white.
4800 K is considered direct sun.
5000-6000 K is day white.
7000-7500 K cool white and 10000 K is blue sky.
 
There isn't a direct correlation between the new bulb's Lumens and wattage. As a rough guide;
40 W is approximately 450 Lm,
60 W is approximately 800 Lm,
75 W is approximately 1100 Lm,
100 W is approximately 1600 Lm and,
150 W is approximately 2600 Lm.
 
Are they worth it? A single 60 Watt bulb operating 3 hours a day for a full year will burn through about $6.60 while a 800 Lumen bulb will cost about $1.00 for the same period.
 
Saving about $5.50 per bulb throughout your home seems pretty good to me.
 
Give us a call to shed more light on your home inspection needs.
Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:43