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The Light Bulb Comparison Chart: How to choose your new bulbs

Sooo…did you run out and change your light bulbs? Let me put your mind at ease for just a moment. Incandescent light bulbs are not BANNED and you will not incur any penalty for using them. In fact, there are still plenty of incandescent bulbs available to you. However, you will no longer be able to find the 60 and 40 watt variety, and by the end of this year, you will be out of options for 100 watts or more.  The less popular wattage incandescents will still be around until 2016, however, they will cost you much more than before. Why? All in the effort to save energy. So do yourself – and the planet – a favor. The next time you need a new light bulb, make the switch.  Not sure which type of bulb is right for you? Let us help. Use this light bulb comparison chart to help you make your decision:


A few other notes to help you make your decision – Check the labels!
  • You want to look for wording like: “Equal to 60 watt incandescent” so you know what you are replacing.
  • The label “Warm White” and “Soft White” are going to have the incandescent bulb glow. It may also say 2700K or 3000K.
  • The term “Cool White, “ Daylight,” and “Bright White” are brighter, colder, and harsher. These may be good for areas of high traffic in your home or office. These may also list the numbers 4000K or 5000K.
  • K = Kelvin (the color temperature)
  • You may also see the term ‘Lumens.’ This refers to the amount of light that you want. More lumens mean brighter light than lower lumens.  The same wattage of a bulb can have different lumens.

We hope this helps guide you to make the change without too much anxiety. If you have any questions or need more guidance, just drop us a line at What types of bulb are you going to use? Which areas of your home are you going to target first? Leave us a comment below. We would love to hear. For more lighting options, check out our Pinterest page right HERE.