In this issue you will find exclusive information about spotlights. Those bulbs with which you can live an innovative lighting experience, once you connect them to different devices, whose function is to manage their traditional or technological performance.
Nowadays, lighting is a versatile tool that is used more and more frequently, for longer and longer periods of time. This is due to the fact that it saves electricity, as well as being the complement par excellence to optimise our daily work, focusing on strategic areas.
To enjoy spaces where clarity steals all eyes, decide to enhance the style of your home or office. Also, pay close attention to the content we present you in the new edition of ReviewBox, about light bulbs. We are sure that with the right bulbs, every corner will shine with its own light.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Spotlight: Our Picks
- 4 Buying guide
- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to buy and rate different models of light bulbs
- A light bulb, also known as a spotlight, is a device for illuminating various areas with the help of electric current. Although it is a device with basic functions, there are various options available on the market to suit all tastes.
- Distinguishing between traditional, LED or energy-saving spotlights is a smart way to segment the lighting in your home. Both represent alternatives that reduce the use of electricity and help to protect the environment.
- Experience the sensation of the tones, choose from various presentations and shapes, complement their action with accessories. But first, take a closer look at the purchasing factors we have compiled, with the aim of getting you those light bulbs with cutting-edge technology.
The Best Spotlight: Our Picks
There is a wide variety of spotlights with particular characteristics, shapes and designs. With this buying guide it will be easier for you to identify which spotlights you need, in order to build a harmonious space where you feel comfortable, surrounded by the perfect lighting.
What is a spotlight and what are its advantages?
Today, lighting has a very strong influence on interior decoration, as it is one of the most important aspects of design. In addition to its practical applications, it also has aesthetic and sensory implications. For example: it generates different sensations depending on the contrast with the shade.
Although natural light is the most desirable, spotlights play a key role in matching the space, the climate, the size and the surrounding environment. For this reason, you cannot lose sight of the influence of brightness, which is enhanced or diminished depending on your unique needs.
Traditional, LED or energy-saving light bulbs - what should you look out for?
Traditional. These are the oldest bulbs, created at the end of the 19th century. Although they are still used all over the world, they have gradually been replaced with advanced technology. You will notice that their light is warm, with a bright yellowish tone, and brings out the colours in the room.
However, we must not lose sight of the fact that their efficacy is low and they only last for approximately 1,000 hours. If you are going to choose one of these bulbs, consider that their life span is short, so you will probably have to replace it in less time than you expect.
LED bulbs - are you in favour of saving energy? Then you should buy LED bulbs, to ensure better performance. They are composed of light-emitting diodes, which come in different colours and have gained popularity thanks to their lifespan.
Where are they used? Usually in exteriors, car spotlights, hanging lanterns and floodlights. The best thing is that they consume less energy compared to traditional bulbs and are closely linked to ecology, the effect of which impacts the environment.
Energy savers. They conserve energy and are mainly used for directional lighting. Lamps, cabinets, swimming pools, strips and paths are some of the areas where energy saving elements are placed. So you can get them in different sizes to suit the place.
They generate less heat and run for extended periods of time. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is beneficial for the environment around us. Moreover, installing these bulbs at home is synonymous with savings and high quality standards.
|Energy saving||Low||Approximately 80%||About 40%|
|Lifetime||1,000 hours||30,000-50,000 hours||5,000-10,000 hours|
How much does a spotlight cost?
On the other hand, the value of a pair of dimmable soft white A19 bulbs amounts to 10 GBP, while a single spotlight with the same characteristics is at most 30 GBP. On the other hand, 6-packs of dimmable white lights are available for an estimated 10 - 20 GBP.
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to buy and rate different models of light bulbs
Light is essential for you to be able to carry out your activities in the best possible way. It also helps to keep spaces in harmony. That's why you should have the right light bulbs in your home or office. Read on and find out all the necessary criteria for acquiring the best ones.
- Design and shape
They come from the shades of white light. Each one of them adapts to different circumstances, allowing you to always have the ideal tone, regardless of the environment you are in. Get to know their characteristics and choose the right one or make an interesting combination.
Warm: Do you want to decorate cosy spaces in a uniform and sophisticated way? LED spotlights in this shade are your best choice. Especially for bedrooms and dining rooms, where you need peace and quiet. They also work for businesses such as restaurants, hotels and clothing shops.
Natural. It resembles sunlight in the morning and is used to provide basic lighting, which highlights colours in a natural way. Are you about to light your shop? Consider this alternative, because it highlights the best angle of the products. It also fits very well in bathrooms, kitchens and workspaces.
Cool. Looking for the right light for your office? This is your best bet when it comes to brightness. In fact, it helps to improve work performance. On the other hand, thanks to its subtle and stable tone, it is recommended for use in hospitals, garages and supermarkets.
No bulb can work on its own, that's why you need complementary accessories. Now, you should know that some are indispensable and others are left to your free choice, possibly the latter will surprise you. Choose those with which you enjoy good quality.
Switch. This is the button with which you turn on the lamp. If you don't do this, it won't turn on. It usually has a standard format, but you can find them in new designs and materials. Choose one that matches the decoration and style of your home. For example: a vintage design made of wood.
Phone or tablet: Do you want to turn the light on or off from your mobile phone? Some bulbs have the ability to synchronise with Wi-Fi, allowing you to control them with the help of an app. If you like integrated systems to control them from your mobile, this complement is for you.
Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Manipulating the light with your voice is now possible, as if you were in a science fiction movie. All thanks to these virtual and intelligent services that perform multiple actions, recognise and interpret your commands. Get them if you want to have a minimalist home.
You will find different types of light bulbs on the market. Although they all radiate light, they are made for particular circumstances. Making the right investment requires you to know the purpose of each format. So read on to find out which one suits your wishes.
Xenon spotlights. They are made with a specialised gas that gives them a life of up to 10,000 hours, which is why they are used in the automotive industry. Does your vehicle need new bulbs? These are the ones for you, because of their lifespan. Take into consideration that they must be installed in special headlights.
Halogens: Do you need good lighting in the cabinets or on the bedside table? This presentation, usually small, produces a white tone of greater luminosity than the previous model. Since it has a life of approximately 2,000 hours, it is advisable to switch it on only occasionally and not for prolonged use.
Design and shape
The shape of the spotlights will have more influence on their decorative appeal than on their lighting capacity. There are many different designs on the market and each is used in particular circumstances. In order to choose one over another, analyse the place where you want to place it and the elements that compose it.
Standard. This is the most common format similar to a pear. Opt for this presentation if you need a bulb for any room in your home. Choose it in its version with incandescent filament and transparent glass or with white coating in traditional format.
Spiral: Do you support the conservation of the ecosystem? Then you've found your best option. This is because they produce the same tonality as traditional bulbs, but require 50% less raw material. It is recommended to place them in small spaces to appreciate their design.
A-shape. Perfect if you want a small bulb that goes unnoticed. You can usually add it to lighting fixtures placed on bedside tables, whose bulb has these subtle characteristics. On the other hand, it is also called candle-shaped, elongated oval or pointed light.
Tube. This is a long, thin presentation. It is usually used for industrial purposes, for lighting hospitals, warehouses and offices. However, it is also an excellent and durable alternative for your bedroom or study ceiling.
Square or rectangle. These are wall-mounted bulbs with an advanced technology system. As well as having decorative functions, you should choose them for their ability to provide powerful lighting in the darkest areas.
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