Ever wonder what’s in LED bulbs? Among other things, there’s a circuit board and tiny, rice-sized diodes. Did we mention LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than older incandescent bulbs. Now that you know, let's focus on finding the right LED light bulbs for your light fitting. The E27 bulb is one of the most commonly used base types (we carry all the standard bulbs), and we have them in dimmable, decorative or colour changing smart bulbs for your light.
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Types of LED light bulbs
So many options in LED bulbs await you to help you express your specific sense of style.
Go with curvaceous white opal bulbs or choose ones in elongated, chandelier style. Browse several options with the elegant expression of handcrafted glass for a living room, kitchen or home office dotted with well-worked materials as in any home featuring modern Nordic design elements. Choose a robust, round decorative bulb with smoky glass that emits an ember-like glow when you flip the light switch. Whether hanging from pendant lighting or used with a table lamp, there will be a separation from the outer shell of smoky glass and the glowing orange ball encased inside, for a stunning, artful effect. A variation of the same light bulb presents muddled amber coloured glass for a soothing display that creates patterns on walls and ceilings. This LED light bulb spreads the same warm light as a traditional 80W light bulb–without flickering or emitting any sound. Just what you need to create a nice, cosy atmosphere in the room.
Find other decorative LED bulbs that let their filaments do the talking either through clear or colour tinted glass, such as pink hued jug-shaped light bulbs with glowing V-shaped filaments. Decorative LED bulbs such as Edison bulbs are great to hang from the ceiling over a cosy breakfast nook where you can enjoy cocktails from on a quiet evening at home, or with a table lamp by your bed. Use it with a transparent lampshade or without to get a retro style.
Choose LED light bulbs with a studded spotlight effect reminiscent of disco balls or GU10 bulbs with more traditional spotlight effect—either of which are perfect for recessed lighting in any room. Select dimmable LED light bulbs that help you adjust the mood and atmosphere for any occasion. With smart dimmable bulbs, the more you turn them down, the warmer the light gets, so you can easily create a soft and cosy light.
Beginners guide to LED bulb lumens
After shape, size, and colour, it’s time to decide just how much crisp lighting you want. So, it’s time to talk lumens—or the amount of light you want from your LED bulb. For everyday task lighting in the bathroom or kitchen, it could be ideal to go with the maximum range of LED lighting, so between 250 and 450 lumen of IKEA opal globe and chandelier white light bulbs.
Daylight bulbs go even further by going as high as 400-600 lumen—which is perfect for recessed lighting and high ceilings. These LED spotlights are also dimmable—just turn the dial on the wall and enjoy.
For cosier situations, such as intimate dinner parties or bedside reading, select stunning LED bulbs with standout decorative effects with more intimate lighting levels of 80 to 200 lumens.
And just because you need sharp tasking lighting in the kitchen or bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t cool things down. Either go with dimmable LED lighting or pair brighter LED bulbs in wall or ceiling sconces with cooler lighting options.
Frequently asked questions about LED light bulbs
What are the pros and cons of LED light bulbs?
The pros of LED bulbs are that they can be as much as 85% more energy efficient and last 20 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. They also run cooler as well. The potential cost savings on your electricity bill and the need to purchase light bulbs less often can do more than just offset the somewhat higher cost of LED bulbs.
Can you replace any light bulb with an LED bulb?
In most cases, yes—if they fit, and the lighting fixture provides the minimum wattage they require. Can you put an LED bulb in a regular light fixture? Yes, if the minimum wattage level is met. Old school dimmer systems, however, are frequently not compatible with all LED bulbs.