It used to be that you plugged in an incandescent lightbulb and flicked on the switch.
Nowadays, we’ve evolved beyond that.
We have access to incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs – LEDs that come in tremendous arrays of temperatures and colors.
But what lights make sense for your home? Which lights work best to brighten up your kitchen without it looking sterile?
Let’s take a look at the most popular lighting options to see which works best.
Incandescent lights are a classic. They provide a warm, rich yellow-orange light that bathes your home in a soft glow.
They are also horribly inefficient.
Incandescent bulbs convert less than 5% of their energy into visible light. The rest is given off as heat. This is why incandescent bulbs are so hot. If you’ve ever burned yourself on an old lightbulb, you have this inefficiency to thank.
This inefficiency means that incandescent bulbs are expensive. They use a lot of electricity, and they burn out quickly.
Faced with these issues, folks decided to give fluorescent lighting a shot.
Compact Fluorescent Lamp
CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are significantly more efficient than incandescents. They use around 25% of the energy that a standard lightbulb uses, and they last up to 18 times longer.
Those are major improvements.
The drawback of fluorescent bulbs is their light. While improvements have been made, the light from CFLs is often harsh, cool, and sterile. It is great for illuminating spaces, but it has the unfortunate effect of making a kitchen look more like a Doctor’s office.
The light from the CFL can bounce aggressively off your Lucciare surfaces, magnifying this harsh look.
CFLs are improving, but they’re still not able to replicate the glow of an incandescent bulb.
Luckily, there is a new, even more efficient option that can produce far more colors than either incandescent bulbs or CFLs.
LEDs – the smart addition to your home.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) use about half the electricity of a CFL. They last up to three times longer.
Compared to incandescent bulbs, they use about 10% of the electricity and last over 50 times longer.
These bulbs are able to produce hundreds of different colors. For standard, white lighting, LEDs come in different temperatures, where the “warmer” white light appears more red and yellowy, and the “cooler” white light appears blue.
For scale, 1,000k temperature is the color of a candle flame, while 10,000k is a pure blue sky.
For your home, you may want to have different temperature LEDs in different parts of your house. You may choose to have warm and warm white LEDs in your bedroom and living room, whereas you may choose a white to cool white LED for your kitchen.
For well-trafficked areas such as your kitchen, we recommend sticking to LEDs with a temperature of 3,000k to 4,000k. This will give you excellent visibility while providing warmth and depth. LEDs in this range will complement your Lucciare surfaces, highlighting their unique patterns and veining.
At Lucciare, we are passionate about the environment. Our Fritech surfaces are eco-friendly – using recycled materials to create durable and elegant surfaces. We are enthusiastic about LED technology – as it lasts longer, uses less electricity, and emits light more efficiently than standard incandescent bulbs.
And the light that LEDs emit looks beautiful in your home – just like our surfaces.