This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips Lighting. All opinions are 100% mine.
Things are looking bright around here! I finally got a real light in the office. This may be surprising, but in some homes, especially newer builds and rentals, many rooms don’t necessarily come with overhead lights. In fact, in our house, three bedrooms, an office and the entry way don’t have light fixtures. We finally got fed up and went on a hunt like no other to find the perfect light.
And, by golly, I am so happy I could sing! But don’t worry, I’ll spare you.
Ok, let me back up a moment to show you just how crazy my lighting problem was. You may be used to seeing the above photo of my office space. I am so lucky to have beautiful, natural light that floods and bounces around the room during the day.
At night though, it’s a different story…
It’s a cave with work being guided by three separate task lights. Other than working on the computer, there was no crafting or working in the room at night. Sad DIY girl…actually both of us. The big guy’s office is on the opposing wall so he also feels the pain. Since we already had light switches in the rooms, it wasn’t hard to wire some 14-guage electrical wire up to the new light, but we did have to cut a hole to get the wire around a corner.
I found my beautiful light at the Home Depot, and I had to purchase light bulbs to put in said new light. My new light fixture uses three Philips 60-watt-equivalent (7 watt) Classic Glass LED light bulbs. This is actually where it gets funky because I am super picky about my light bulbs… with good reason. What’s the point of decorating and functioning in a room with ugly lighting?
First, I made sure my light fixture took classic-sized light bulbs. No one wants to store five different kinds of light bulbs at home. Nope. No, thank you. We need a standard shape that will fit anywhere and be used every day in the home, and I keep a few extra on hand.
Second, I also don’t want my electric bill to spike now that we are adding at least four additional lights to the house. The choice was obvious there. After doing some research, Philips Classic Glass LED light bulbs have over 85% energy savings compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs. A standard bulb energy cost can run between $7.00 – $8.00, while the Philips Classic Glass LED light bulbs are estimated at $0.84 per bulb. They also last an estimated 13.7 years on average! That means hubby won’t have to lug the ladder around the house all the time. I bet he appreciates that.
Third, the color tone of the white light is super important to both of us. Since this is a task-oriented space, I want to mimic natural light, which can help one feel energized and focused. In the office, I chose Philips Lighting’s Daylight option for this reason. However, for living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, I would probably go more with the Soft White.
Click below to see where you can find Philip’s Classic Glass LED light bulbs: