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spazbam 612 212 June 2, 2016 at 06:57 AM More Amazon Deals
Hi Everyone,
I have never purchased LED lights before, but i bought a new floor lamp for our family room and i was trying to determine if an LED bulb would be brighter then the regular bulbs we have.
Our family room is fairly dark all the time because we have a screened in porch off the back of the house that has a roof, so very little sunlight gets into the room. This is our main room where our son hangs out and so i thought buying a new lamp might help brighten up the room a bit. That being said, i have no idea what to buy. I always thought 100 Watts was the brightest, but I have also heard LED's burn brighter so i have no idea what to even look for. I also see there is daylight vs soft light. I found the below products on amazon, but they are only 60 Watt. I want a light that is going to shine brightly, but i don't want harsh industrial lighting either. The links show the lamp purchased, and the varying bulbs i found for a decent price.
Any help is appreciated! Thank you so much!


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http://www.amazon.com/Vivid-Light...JRHIZGI0CG

http://www.amazon.com/Vivid-Light...JRHIZGI0CG
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The lower the "k" value, the softer and more like incandescent bulbs. Higher is bluer and harsher. 800 lumens is not a lot, look for over 1000 lumens. 1600 is equivalent to 100 watt incandescent.
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The lower the "k" value, the softer and more like incandescent bulbs. Higher is bluer and harsher. 800 lumens is not a lot, look for over 1000 lumens. 1600 is equivalent to 100 watt incandescent.

Not to be a bother, but is there a specific bulb you would suggest?
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Not to be a bother, but is there a specific bulb you would suggest?
I use the FEIT dimmable bulbs at 2700k.
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Hi Everyone,
I have never purchased LED lights before, but i bought a new floor lamp for our family room and i was trying to determine if an LED bulb would be brighter then the regular bulbs we have.
Our family room is fairly dark all the time because we have a screened in porch off the back of the house that has a roof, so very little sunlight gets into the room. This is our main room where our son hangs out and so i thought buying a new lamp might help brighten up the room a bit. That being said, i have no idea what to buy. I always thought 100 Watts was the brightest, but I have also heard LED's burn brighter so i have no idea what to even look for. I also see there is daylight vs soft light. I found the below products on amazon, but they are only 60 Watt. I want a light that is going to shine brightly, but i don't want harsh industrial lighting either. The links show the lamp purchased, and the varying bulbs i found for a decent price.
Any help is appreciated! Thank you so much!


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http://www.amazon.com/Vivid-Light...JRHIZGI0CG

http://www.amazon.com/Vivid-Light...JRHIZGI0CG
The LEDs have a eq rating so it is not that hard to compare light output. Also, the higher the lumen rating, the more light it will put out. The bulbs you listed are 60w eq, meaning they will put out about the same light a 60W incandescent bulb. If you are looking for something that puts out a lot of light or that puts out the equivalent of a 100 w bulb, they are the wrong choice. You need to buy a 100 w eq led bulb. They tend to be quite a bit more expensive. Also, depending on whether the lamp you get has the bulb enclosed or not, you have to be careful and check to make sure the bulb is capable of being used in an enclosed fixture. Otherwise they may overheat.

As to the daylight (cool white) vs soft white, the latter his similar to regular incandescent bulbs having more yellow component. The daylight has more of a blue component and will appear more like being outside. Depends on what you like\are used to but I personally prefer the soft white inside. The daylight bulbs are more preferable for work areas or garages imo but some people prefer it over the yellowish soft light.
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Not to be a bother, but is there a specific bulb you would suggest?

Depends on what kind (dimmable/enclosure safe, etc.) and how many you are looking for. Cree and Feit have good reps generally but you really have to check the reviews based on your needs. Some have a bad rep for making a slight buzzing noise for example when used with dimmer switches. Search Amazon and check reviews. Be prepared to pay roughly 12-15 dollars a bulb for 100 w eqs though. They are not cheap.
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Depends on what kind (dimmable/enclosure safe, etc.) and how many you are looking for. Cree and Feit have good reps generally but you really have to check the reviews based on your needs. Some have a bad rep for making a slight buzzing noise for example when used with dimmer switches. Search Amazon and check reviews. Be prepared to pay roughly 12-25 dollars a bulb for 100 w eqs though. They are not cheap.

it is for this lamp:
http://www.amazon.com/Normande-Li...ge_o00_s01


I know the side lamp can't use one, but i do believe it is an open top. The room is just so dark all the time, and i have no experience whatsoever with light bulbs other then the standard cheapy ones! I do appreciate you guys taking the time, it is a huge help!
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it is for this lamp:
http://www.amazon.com/Normande-Li...ge_o00_s01


I know the side lamp can't use one, but i do believe it is an open top. The room is just so dark all the time, and i have no experience whatsoever with light bulbs other then the standard cheapy ones! I do appreciate you guys taking the time, it is a huge help!

For a plain vanilla floor lamp with open fixtures, you can try something standard and simple imo such as the below.


For the 100 w eq:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philip.../205861840


For the 40 w eq:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philip...206783826/
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For a plain vanilla floor lamp with open fixtures, you can try something standard and simple imo such as the below.


For the 100 w eq:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philip.../205861840


For the 40 w eq:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philip...206783826/

Thanks again, you have been a huge help!
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I replaced most of my CFL with LED's, my wife hates them (I bought some cheap ones from China in our unfinished basement) but I bought Sylvania ones 60W eqiv 2700K (warm white they are called) when my local Shoprite had them for $1.50, not dimmable but for living room and bed side lights you dont need them, as dimmable adds the price.
The other thing you need to be aware of is the number of hours they last, some are 5000 some are 25000 hours. The cheap ones will only be 5000
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The LEDs have a eq rating so it is not that hard to compare light output. Also, the higher the lumen rating, the more light it will put out. The bulbs you listed are 60w eq, meaning they will put out about the same light a 60W incandescent bulb. If you are looking for something that puts out a lot of light or that puts out the equivalent of a 100 w bulb, they are the wrong choice. You need to buy a 100 w eq led bulb. They tend to be quite a bit more expensive. Also, depending on whether the lamp you get has the bulb enclosed or not, you have to be careful and check to make sure the bulb is capable of being used in an enclosed fixture. Otherwise they may overheat.

As to the daylight (cool white) vs soft white, the latter his similar to regular incandescent bulbs having more yellow component. The daylight has more of a blue component and will appear more like being outside. Depends on what you like\are used to but I personally prefer the soft white inside. The daylight bulbs are more preferable for work areas or garages imo but some people prefer it over the yellowish soft light.

How do I find the LED bulb that is for enclosed fixture?

They don't say it on the box??
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How do I find the LED bulb that is for enclosed fixture?

They don't say it on the box??

That can be problematic. Some people have asked that same question specifically for certain types of Cree bulbs for ex.

http://www.designingwithleds.com/...-led-bulb/

I had to email Cree specifically to get there input when I was looking for LEDs I could put in overhead dome lights. They told me the 60 w eqs were OK, there 100w Eqs were not but that was for their older A19 design a few years ago. I would email them and ask then for the specific model of bulb you are looking at. It really comes down to the heat being generated obviously.
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