Lights on or off? Part 2

I can’t seem to get this CFL bulb thing to work.  I feel like my house is tinted green.  What gives?

Grab your engineer husband or your hyper analytical spouse, this is an informative read…

Incandescent bulbs will become increasingly difficult to find in the coming years, and there are certain rooms that simply can’t be beat by such an ambient light (dining rooms, bathrooms, and master bedrooms, to name a few).  But, alas, the world is changing and it’s time for a more efficient solution.  In fact, this simple government move will save consumers over $40 billion dollars in the next twenty years.

There are two factors that are important to consider when picking a bulb off the shelf.  Look for a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 70 plus.  This will keep the room from going green and your skin from looking like you’ve been sick.  The other important factor is Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), which measures how warm the light is.  For most scenarios, you’ll likely be after “warm” lighting (tends more to the yellow end of the spectrum).  If that’s the case, look for a CCT of 2600-3000.  If you’re looking for cooler light, select something higher than 4,000.

So, next time you’re out and about, consider yourself equipped!

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