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Decorate with Light Bulb Color Temperature

When most people start thinking about making home updates it probably slips their minds that they can literally cast a room in a whole new light with a simple flick of the switch. That’s right; we’re talking about light – and just the light itself. It’s not magic, it doesn’t have to be expensive and pretty much anyone can do it. <strong>A Note on Color Temperature, Lumens and Dimmers</strong> Color temperature is a very science-y concept, but what’s important to this conversation is that a light source’s temperature has a relationship with the color of the light it emits. This relationship is the inverse of what you’d expect (i.e., blue light is actually very hot), but we use “correlated color temperature” to keep it simple – so for us, warm light is yellower and cool light is bluer. Lumens refer to the amount of visible light produced by a bulb, which shouldn't be confused with wattage - a gauge of the bulb's power consumption. New rules instituted by the Federal Trade Commission are shifting the perspective on this already as bulb packaging begins to emphasize lumens over watts as a way to measure light output, and it's helpful to know that 450 lumens roughly equates to a 40-watt standard bulb, while 2,500 lumens is equivalent to a 150-watt bulb. Combine this knowledge with the power of a dimmer and you'll have some pretty fierce yet inexpensive tools to use in your interior design. <strong>Who Cares?</strong> Well, whoever wants to simply swap out <a title="Light Bulbs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/light-bulbs_7.html" target="_blank">light bulbs</a> to a) change the tone of neutral-colored walls, b) soften or sharpen furniture fabric colors or c) completely alter the mood of a room. In other words: LIGHT IS POWER. (Insert diabolical laugh here.) Standard incandescent bulbs are best at producing warm, yellower light while fluorescent bulbs can deliver a crisp and energetic cool light. LEDs, on the other hand, provide light in various shades. Bulbs may also be coated or frosted to further enhance your control over what kind of light you’re getting and you can use this to your advantage when selecting your bulbs. A common design choice puts cool, blue light in the kitchen for better task lighting and softer yellow light in living areas to help set a more relaxing mood, but there are a wide range of options within and between these color options. By experimenting with color temperature you can find a color that best accentuates your space. <strong>BONUS: Shades and Filters</strong> If the pure power of the bulb isn’t enough to satisfy your need for refractive refreshment, never fear, for the answer may by lying in the shade. Shades are more than merely decorative; they can change the hue of the light that shines through them and that can give you even more leverage in your light show. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these ideas will shed a little light on some new and inexpensive home décor possibilities.
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