I went to Home Depot the other day to buy a light bulb. I knew exactly what I wanted. A PAR 38, LED bulb, 1600 lumens, 3200 K was what I was looking for. PAR 38 is the size I needed, commonly called a down light. 1600 lumens is as bright as the old 100 watt bulbs and 3200 K is the color of the bulb, which is referred to as soft white sometimes. I wanted an LED light because I want to die before I have to change it out again.
After rummaging through the bulb selection for about five minutes I came to the section where the bulb I was looking for is offered for sale. I got it home, screwed it in, flicked on the switch and the room looked like an interrogation chamber. I looked at the package and sure enough, in tiny print, was the color temperature listing –“screaming bright daylight”. The bulb had been misplaced in the display, the packaging is not uniform, and I was in too much of a hurry to read every scrap of information on the box. I had to go back, exchange the bulb and start my hunt all over again.
The solution to the light bulb dilemma is simple.
- Display similar bulbs in the same general location. Things do get misplaced so
- Put uniform notations on the package – bulb type, lumens, color temperature. I know that the proper notation is not what we are used to and we Americans couldn’t spend a week to learn the metric system, SO, make the proper notation in large type with the common notation in smaller type. We will learn.
- Have a nice interactive display with pictures explaining the proper terminology plus a schedule of the amount of money purchasing CFL or LED bulbs will save us and, by the way, show how much we are reducing our carbon footprint by purchasing a “green” light bulb.
I’ll go talk to Home Depot about this right away. Meanwhile here are some charts we can download and take with us to the store AND a web site for discounted LED coupons.
Follow this link for a light bulb chart