Using Daylight Bulbs in the Kitchen

Kitchen Design | Using Daylight Bulbs in the KitchenUsing Daylight Bulbs in the Kitchen |Sometimes it really is the little things that can totally change a room. Have a bland-looking door? Dress it up with one of these decorative door wraps! Not sure how to style that plain wall? Try a basket wall, drape a flower garland, or if you’re in need of a better organization method, try fashioning a clipboard wall. You can easily improve the appearance of a room without digging deep into your wallet, or spending too much time.

Ohio homeowner Kara Thornton reminded us of this when she posted a before and after picture of her kitchen on Instagram. In the before picture, her kitchen looked yellow and dim. In the after picture, the kitchen is glowing. So what changed? The lighting.

Thornton installed daylight bulbs, which she bought at Lowe’s (you can buy them here)! It sounds like a no-brainer, but the bulbs used can really transform a room’s entire look and atmosphere. While the kitchen always had a nice setup, now you can really appreciate the room’s full brilliance.

If you’re not familiar with daylight bulbs, they are designed to imitate the sun’s natural light. We asked Michael Murphy, an interior design expert at Lamps Plus, how they differ from the typical LED bulb. He explains it’s all in the color temperature.

Color temperature, measured in kelvins (K), refers to “the relative blueness of light or more simply, how the light is perceived by the human eye,” he says. With that in mind, Murphy explains that daylight bulbs start at a higher color temperature of 4600K and range up to 6500K. Meanwhile, LED bulbs have a much lower color temperature that falls between 3000K to 4000K. For reference, the sun’s color temperature is 5600K (so yes, there are bulbs that are brighter than the sun).

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