As the days grow colder and shorter, spending time outdoors becomes less inviting and we all turn to our homes to create the perfect setting for the winter months. Lighting is one of the simplest ways to create a warm and enticing interior. From lamp tables to light bulbs, we’ve invited The Lightbulb Co to talk you through how to choose the right lighting to brighten up your home this winter.
It’s not all about the lamp but what it sits on too, and there’s lots to consider.
Trends can be fleeting and you don’t want to end up with an item you’re sick of less than a year later. It’s always safe to invest in classic, well-made pieces when it comes to key items for your home. Reserve trends for easily switched out accessories, like throws, rugs and cushion covers.
Complement your Home
Unless you plan to redecorate the entire room, you’ll want the piece to fit in with your current interior style. Keep your current colour and texture palettes in mind when making decisions, even if you are a proponent of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic.
Is it the right height, size, and shape to place at the end of your sofa, beside your bed or in your hallway? When selecting a lamp table, it should complement the height of the piece of furniture you’re pairing it with, otherwise you may find yourself struggling to reach items stored on or in it.
Brighten your Home
To help brighten up your home, go for warm woods and light coloured paints to help reflect light back into the room and make the space feel brighter and more inviting.
Much like your lamp table, your lamp and lampshade should be selected with very similar things in mind.
Lamps are easy to customise and update by changing the lampshade for a new style at any time to complement the accent colours within your room. Choose a style of lamp that speaks to you and don’t be afraid to embrace colour.
Complement your Home
While it doesn’t need to match the other lamps, it should fit in with the rest of your decor in some way. Whether this may be coordinating the shade to match your cushions, or choosing a base that complements your furniture style.
Is it the right size for the table and space it’s in? Ensure there’s plenty of space for the lamp to make an impact in the room. Think about how big the shade is to ensure it won’t intrude on guests sitting on your sofa or sits too tightly up against the wall.
Brighten your Home
The lampshade is the most important aspect when it comes to brightening up a space. Let the base embrace your room’s hues, whilst opting for a light coloured shade. Not only do they let more light shine through, they diffuse it for a softer look and added ambience.
When it comes to light bulbs, you may be tempted to grab the cheapest four pack you can find, but investing in a good light bulb can make a huge difference to the quality of light you get – something that matters even more in the darkest months of the year.
If you’re not familiar with light bulbs beyond your normal choice of an incandescent bulb, there are so many options nowadays that it can be tricky to find exactly what you’re looking for. We’re here to help demystify the differences between them all:
Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT)
CCT is a scale that ranges from cool or “blue” light, like the light of the sun, to warm, like the light of a candle. It indicates what shade of white the light bulb will be. To guide you light bulb packaging typically indicates the CCT rating and offers a small description. Names for colour temperatures vary from brand to brand, so checking the actual number is often more helpful than relying on the descriptor alone.
Which colour you choose is largely up to by personal preference; however, we’d advise that you stick to warm coloured lighting in the evenings and at night, and cool coloured lighting during the morning and afternoon.
If you want the best of both worlds, there are light bulbs capable of colour changing or ones that get warmer as they’re dimmed.
Lumens indicate the brightness level of a light bulb. What level of brightness you need depends on the type of tasks you will be performing under them:
- 800 lumens or higher for reading and other focus-intensive tasks, you want a brighter bulb
- 400 lumens for general lighting
- 100-200 lumens is perfect for entertaining
If you’d like to maintain some flexibility with your lighting, we recommend getting a brighter bulb that is dimmable or comes with three-step dimming built in, so that you can have a range of brightness levels even in lamps without dimming capabilities.
Colour Rendering Index (CRI)
CRI rating indicates how accurately a light bulb renders colours on a scale from 0 (very poorly) to 100 (as accurately as daylight). Look out for light bulbs with a CRI rating of at least 80.
This may not seem overly important if you’re not colour matching shades for a design project, but it can make a big difference to light quality – something that’s important when displaying artwork – and makes it easier to do things like reading.
Head over to The Lightbulb Company to choose the right light bulb to brighten up your home this winter.