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There has been a tremendous amount of information generated concerning new lighting standards and improved environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs as cost saving options for your home, incandescent lamps are still the best choice for bedroom lighting due to their inherent quality of light and superior dimming capabilities.

Lamp (bulb) selection and dimming controls are important considerations when re-lamping in any area of your home. A satisfactory lighting design should be easily attuned to go from general daylight to subdued nighttime illumination.

Skin tones look most flattering in warm colour temperatures. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvins (K). Intimate, soft, pleasing light is provided with bulbs ranging from 2700K to 3000 K.

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is another important measure of the quality of light. Select bulbs with a coloring rendering index (CRI) between 80 and 100 for the most flattering effects.

To reduce glare, choose frosted white bulbs rather than clear.