What type of bulb should I use for a table lamp?

Choosing the right type of bulb for your table lamp is essential to achieve the desired lighting effect and energy efficiency. Here are some common types of bulbs to consider:

Bulb Type Description Pros Cons
Incandescent Traditional bulbs that produce warm, soft light Low initial cost, dimmable Shorter lifespan, less energy-efficient
LED Energy-efficient bulbs that last longer Long lifespan, energy-saving, dimmable options Higher initial cost
Halogen Bright and crisp light, similar to natural daylight High color rendering, dimmable Higher energy consumption, shorter lifespan
CFL Compact fluorescent bulbs that are energy-efficient Energy-saving, longer lifespan Contains mercury, not dimmable in some cases

Consider the brightness, color temperature, and energy efficiency when choosing a bulb for your table lamp. LED bulbs are a popular choice due to their long lifespan and energy-saving features. However, if you prefer a warmer and more traditional light, incandescent bulbs may be suitable.

It’s also important to check the lamp’s maximum wattage recommendation and choose a bulb that falls within that range to avoid overheating and potential damage to the lamp.