A Guide to Light Bulbs

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Lighting can completely transform a room and when used appropriately can enhance mood and functionality. When you’re working on your kitchen and bath remodels, you’ll need to pay special attention to lighting. This thinking should go beyond the actual light fixtures. Fixtures add the right aesthetics and style, but light bulbs are what create brightness and color in the room. Here’s a quick guide to what you should know about light bulbs.

Functions of Lighting

Depending on the room, your lighting needs will be different. Lighting achieves several different functions, and each room may use some combination of them.

  • Ambient – Ambient lighting is also known as general lighting and provides overall light for a room—in short, it’s the main light source for a particular room.
  • Task – Task lighting refers to very specific, focused light that helps you work or read. Different fixtures can act as task lighting, but bulb brightness also helps. Kitchens and bathrooms need quality task lighting.
  • Accent – An accent light highlights a particular feature or area and is more decorative in nature. This is a nice way to bring focus to art or an interesting architectural feature.

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Types of Light Bulbs

If you’re at the hardware store, you’ll probably notice an overwhelming array of light bulbs to choose from.

  • Incandescent – We grew up with these bulbs, but they have fallen out of favor in recent years as more energy-efficient replacements have come to the market. Incandescent bulbs generally have a warm tone.
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) – CFLs use up to 75% less energy than incandescents and have a much longer lifespan, leading to big savings on your energy bill.
  • LED – LEDs last even longer than CFLs but are also more expensive.
  • Halogen – These bright lights are great for task lighting and are more efficient than incandescent bulbs.


Light bulb packaging will also tell you the approximate color temperature of the bulb and is sometimes measured in Kelvins. The higher the number, the cooler the tone.

Colorado homeowners should contact Niron Depot and visit one of our showrooms. Work with one of our design experts and make the right lighting choices for your kitchen and bath remodels.