As a follow up to the earlier post about CFLs and LEDs (“Those bulbs are ugly”), it is worth pointing out this great short piece by Consumer Reports on which bulbs go where, depending on their color temperature (degrees kelvin.)
To simplify even further, here’s a quick cheat sheet with the degrees Kelvin you should look for on the bulb packaging:
- Bathroom vanity, dining room, where you sit staring at your significant other: 2700K
- Kitchen, workshop, crafts room (detail oriented work): 3500 K to 4100 K
- Reading room: 5000 K to 6500 K
Or, as I mentioned in that earlier post, try to find the Kelvin of the bulb you’re replacing, if you like it.