And for my 30-Day Minimalism Challenge:
Checking out a bathroom cabinet to see what might be lurking in there that could go, I saw light bulbs I haven't liked since the day someone brought them home. They're 75 watts. Where do you use a 75 watt bulb? It's too much wattage for 60-watt fixtures, and too dim for a table lamp. I seriously dislike them. I've used a few (possibly in some 60 watt fixtures - I don't know), but I overall, I avoid using them. Which means they've been in this cabinet for several years - annoying me every time I see them.
So bye-bye 75-watt lightbulbs!
I'm happier already. 😀
I'm curious what kind of light bulbs others like. Sometimes I long for the days when picking out a light bulb was a simple matter. Heading to the store, all I needed to know was what wattage, and size of the screw end the fixture could receive. The shape and size of bulbs was pretty standard. I might choose between a regular bulb shape or a flame shape, but really... wasn't it about that simple? Yes... I miss those days.
On the other hand, today I kind of enjoy discovering brighter lights than I knew existed before (if they existed before).
I've disliked CFLs ever since they made their appearance, and LEDs have had to evolve to something usable in regular light fixtures and lamps, but now that they have, I'm kind of in love with them. Not their price tag, but the bulbs for sure.
The older I get I'm finding I like my lights bright. I prefer a cool white to soft white for reading and doing handwork, so my lamps are slowly starting to get brighter (as a bulb burns out, I often replace it with an LED daylight bulb). It's not always the perfect choice, but I'm so glad to have a choice!
Daylight bulbs don't create the ambiance that a soft white bulb does, and figuring out the balance and placement of soft white and daylight bulbs in a room is still a process for me, but overall... I like my lights brighter than softer and yellower. And the great benefit of LED bulbs is I can put brighter bulbs in lower wattage sockets - and that makes my aging eyes very happy.
Adding a note for anyone who hasn't been initiated into the LED converted crowd... When buying them, note how large the bulb is. Many LEDs have bulb ends that are too large for the harp on some lamps, and the enclosure of ceiling light fixtures.
It took a little trial and error on my part, so I thought this might be worth mentioning. Do research, read the reviews, and be sure of the bulb size (and lumens - you want to learn a bit about lumens) before ordering. Also, some are not dimmable, so if this is important, look for that on the packaging -- though, buying name-brand LED bulbs, I have yet to have a problem with putting them in dimmable light fixtures. Light fixtures and your experience could vary.