A light bulb that emits roughly 800 lumens is ideal for a bedroom. This is equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb (not an LED). At 800 lumens, the light is strong enough to read by, but not so bright that it keeps you awake that you can't go asleep. It has a color temperature of 6500 kelvins, which is warm white.
Fluorescent lamps are a favorite of many people because they are energy efficient and long lasting. They also vary in price from $10 for a 5-foot tube to $60 for a 10-foot tube. A typical ballast will cost about $40.
The best fluorescent lamp for your bedroom needs to have an average life expectancy of 1000 hours. This means that it should be replaced every 3 years. However, some manufacturers claim their products last for up to 10 years, so check the label carefully before you buy one.
An electronic ballast uses semiconductor components instead of magnetic components as part of its design. This means that they are more durable and require less maintenance than traditional ballasts. They also use less electricity than traditional ballasts, so they are better for the environment. Finally, they are available in a wide variety of colors, so you can find one that fits your room decor perfectly.
The best electric blanket for your bed comes with a rating of at least 7 milliwatts per square foot.
Look for a light bulb with a lumen rating of approximately 800, which is roughly similar to a 60-watt standard incandescent bulb or lower, for a bedroom. You'll have enough light to read by at this brightness setting, but it won't make you feel more awake when it's time to go to bed. A 15-watt bulb will be very dim and difficult to see even a few inches away.
If your room is well-lit during the day, then you don't need a nightlight. However, if your room is dark at night, a nightlight can be useful as an emergency source of light or to help children learn how to sleep in darkness.
Nightlights should use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) because they are more energy-efficient than ordinary bulbs. An 80-watt CFL provides about half as much light as a 100-watt conventional bulb, but it uses nearly a quarter of its power. It also lasts longer: The average CFL lasts 10 years while an ordinary bulb usually lasts 750 hours. Of course, if you use it often you'll need to replace it every few months anyway!
An 800 lumen LED bulb, as a general guideline, delivers the same amount of light as a standard incandescent 60-watt light bulb. But what if you want something even brighter? You could use a 100W, 125W, or even 150W LED equivalent for a 60-watt fixture because they all consume less than 60 watts! The key here is to match the right type of LED lamp with the right type of fixture.
For example, if you want to replace a 40-watt fluorescent light bulb, you should buy an LED replacement lamp that provides about 50 lumens per watt. If you want to replace a 75-watt tube lamp, you should get an LED that delivers around 85 lumens per watt. You can also use more than one type of LED in one fixture: For example, an LED strip can be used with an end cap to make a washable floor lamp. Or two small lamps can be wired together with each providing half the total output of a single lamp.
But while LEDs are becoming cheaper, they are still more expensive than tubes. So how do you know if an LED is a good value? Well, first thing's first: You need to decide how long you want the replacement bulb to last before replacing it yourself. An average household light bulb lasts about 1000 hours - which is about 3 years! But some say that LEDs last longer than that so it might be worth buying high quality ones.
LED light bulbs for ordinary usage in the house generally have wattages ranging from 5W to 15W and output between 300 and 500 lumens. These bulbs are also called low-power LEDs or LP LEDs for short.
For outdoor use, LED lights with higher power ratings are available. These lights can produce more light per watt, so they can be used in places where less brightness is needed like gardens or paths. Such high-output lamps must be mounted farther away from their targets to avoid overheating. They also run longer on a charge because they consume less energy than conventional lamps of equal size. These features make high-power LEDs useful for outdoor lighting applications where cost is not an issue.
In general, you should get as much illumination as possible for your money. If you can afford it, go for high-power LEDs since they last longer and use less energy per unit of area compared to low-power models. However, if you don't have access to high-power LEDs but only standard ones, you won't lose much by starting with low-power models and increasing them over time.
The table below shows the estimated life expectancy of different types of household LEDs based on average usage conditions.