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Kitchen Lighting: Three Kinds of Light Bulbs

 

The lighting in your kitchen is as important as having the right equipment for baking a cake. Proper lighting will help you work efficiently and prevent accidents caused by poor lighting. As such, you need to know the valuable locations in your kitchen that needs enough light especially during the night. What type of lights should be used near the over and the countertops where food chopping and slicing happen? What kind of lighting should be used on the dinner table for a romantic atmosphere?

 

Before we give you clues as to where you should place your lights, we have here the three kinds of light bulbs available in the market. As you know, there are many kinds of light bulbs in the market but the EU has regulated the types of bulbs you can fit for your home since September 2012. These light bulbs are the halogen lamps, the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), and the Light Emitting Diodes (LED).

 

Halogens

 

 

·         Incandescent

·         More efficient than the traditional light bulb by 30%

·         Hardier

·         Efficiency is lost in most spotlights

 

Compact Fluorescent Lamps  (CFL)

 

 

·         Most common energy efficient light bulb

·         Up to 80% more efficient and last ten times longer than an incandescent bulb

·         Readily accessible in the market

·         Does not work with a dimmer switch

·         Emits a gloomy, cold light

·         Takes a while to attain full brightness

 

Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

 

 

·         Combines the immediacy of the incandescent lamp and energy efficiency of CFLs

·         Can last for 12 years when turned on for 6 hours a day, seven days a week

·         Offers long lasting effect on electricity bills

·         A lamp with an LED bulb can cost up to £40

·         Fits in various light fittings

 

Install an LED light as the large centre light of your kitchen. You can also use it for areas that need bright lights such as your kitchen under-cabinet light fixtures. Less intrusive lights for your kitchen could be placed at areas near the dining table and at places that do not need much light, including the top of your cabinets (for low ceiling kitchens) to create a sophisticated atmosphere. Identifying the kind of lights available to you and their features will help you light your kitchen effectively.

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