Our guide to choosing the right light bulb
The language and lingo associated with light bulbs can be confusing at the best of times. With so many options to choose from and words like 'lumens' and 'the kelvin scale' dashed about, finding the right bulb for your light fitting can be challenging!
We've summed up our range of energy efficient LED bulbs in this handy guide to make life a little easier (and hopefully a little brighter).
All Tom Raffield lights are designed to fit a standard E27 screw bulb (or E26 if you’re in the US). If you opt not to choose a Tom Raffield ceiling kit and want to use an existing rose you will need to check if your fitting takes a bayonet or screw bulb. We only sell E27 screw bulbs via our online store.
Today’s LED and low energy bulbs are a fantastic alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs not only look the part, but will save you money from your electricity bill in the long run. It's estimated that by switching from incandescent bulbs to LED you can cut your energy costs (associated with lighting your home) by up to 75% in one year. All of our bulbs are LED and incredibly energy efficient.
The typical halogen uses £11 of electricity a year, while a replacement LED would use only £2 worth.- The Energy Saving Trust.
Before we get started...
Light is measured in two ways: by brightness in watts/lumen output, and by the colour of light, known as the Kelvin scale.
Watts and lumens (brightness)
Traditional incandescent bulbs were measured in watts, which is actually a measure of power. However, since energy-saving and LED bulbs were introduced it is a less useful measure as new bulbs use a lot less power to produce the same amount of light. So instead it is measured in lumens.
As a rough guide, 350 lumens would be suitable for a bed-side table lamp, whereas you might want between 1,500 and 3,000 lumens from more than one bulb to light a living room.
Kelvin Scale (colour)
The colour of light can have a dramatic effect on the mood of a room. Most people will want a warm yellow light as opposed to stark white or blue light for their home.
As a rough guide, the warm-yellow light to light your home would be around 2,700 on the Kelvin scale, while candle light is around 1,500K and direct sunlight around 5,000K.
Opaque white light
Awaken your space with a bold, white light. Providing ample task lighting, these bulbs are slightly less decorative than others we retail, but provide fantastic, bright illumination for our more concealed designs.
The No. 1 Lighting Range calls out for bold light that will reach through the layers of texture.
With minimal open space for light to permeate through in the Urchin Lighting Range, a strong bulb is a must if you are seeking to illuminate the whole space.
Illuminate specific areas or corners with the Mullion Floor Light, populated with the Crompton Golf Ball bulb.
Providing a warm glow when switched on and a point of interest when switched off, exposed filament bulbs are a great, attractive addition to designs that leave the bulb on display.
For a softer glow where you want to avoid any stark, direct glare, a partially coated, or frosted bulb is a great route. The following bulbs are a great alternative to filament and are sure to enhance your new lighting design...
If you require further assistance choosing the right light bulb for your Tom Raffield light then please talk to a member of our team - call +44 (0)1326 722725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.