My wife has had a lot of health issues over the last twelve months because of her Multiple Sclerosis. She’s not able to do a lot of the things she used to enjoy because it’s affecting her eyesight and her hands. So when she told me she wanted to make a DIY hanging lamp to hang over the crib we keep for our granddaughter, I admit, I immediately thought the worst. I envisioned having to rush her to the hospital after she accidentally sawed off a finger or worse. So to keep my sanity, I insisted on doing it for her. Granted, I imagined it’d take an hour of my time and the use of some of my power tools. Boy, was I wrong.
What she had in mind was a craft project using tongue depressors, though she calls them craft sticks) and hot glue. I tried to tell her that real men don’t use hot glue, but she’d already bought the supplies and was set on her design so like I often do, I just went with it. While she used her creative talents to make some wall art to go with the new hanging lamp, I tried my best to carry out her vision.
Rustic DIY Hanging Lamp
The Light Bulb Matters!
Now, all we had to do was put the lightbulb in. Simple, right? Oh no. Evidently, the color of the lightbulb mattered. Not to me. All that mattered is that her lightbulb choice was safe and since she included two different boxes of LED light bulbs in the lamp supplies, I knew she’d covered that.
I hung the light and then started switching out the bulbs while my wife stood back to get the full effect. At first, I didn’t get what was so important about the color of the bulb. After seeing the difference I’ll admit it, it did matter. We tried three different bulbs and it was clear to us which one was the winner.
Our choices – two LED and one standard A19 light bulb – can you tell which is which? The differences will be obvious soon. We tested all three in the pendant lamp by measuring their surface temperature after each had been in the light fixture for 5-minutes.
The first bulb we tested was the Philips Classic Glass LED Light Bulb – Soft White version. At the five minute mark, we took its temperature and found it was 79 degrees, the same as the room we were working in. We didn’t choose this bulb for the project because it turned the color of the aqua paper to a tan color.
Next, we tested a standard A19 bulb in soft white. Unlike the Philips Classic Glass LED light bulb – Daylight version, it reached an unsafe temperature in just 3 minutes making it not only a fire hazard but also a burn hazard for any small child who might reach up to touch it. It also wasn’t flattering in the lamp because it changed the color of the paper and drowned out the text.
Our third try was the winner. The Philips Classic Glass LED Light Bulb – Soft White version was perfect. It only reached 79-degrees and it brought out the true color of the paper giving a soft teal glow to the room.
In the end, we both got what we wanted. My wife got the look she dreamed of, and I got the assurance that she won’t burn down the house with her handmade lamp. Plus, we both win because the Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Light Bulbs should last approximately 13.7 years and they use less energy, so it’s a better deal all around. The manufacturer states that the estimated energy cost for each bulb is just $0.84 cents. Plus the bulbs deliver 800 lumens (the brightness they achieve), so you don’t have to compromise on brightness.
While many have a preference for soft white or daylight, we choose them based on where we place them. For instance, my wife insists on daylight bulbs in her craft room and the lamp in the living room that she uses when she crochets. The daylight bulbs with their blue light give an accurate representation of her yarn colors which makes matching them easier. We also use the daylight bulbs in the kitchen because the food looks better and it helps make the kitchen look and feel clean.
In our bedroom, we choose soft white bulbs for which makes the transition from waking to sleeping. But what makes these Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Light Bulbs different from many of the other LED bulbs on the market is their shape. We’ve had many that we couldn’t use in our existing light fixtures because they were too tall or too fat. Many stuck out from the shade and looked silly. These new bulbs look and fit like traditional bulbs on the outside, but they’re very different on the inside.
These new bulbs look and fit like traditional bulbs on the outside, but they’re very different on the inside and thanks to my wife’s MS, we got a peek inside.
The new Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Daylight and Soft White light bulbs are available at HomeDepot.com Their price is $9.97 (MSRP) for a four pack which is insane! I’ve paid up to $30 for a single LED bulb in the very recent past. With these prices, you can afford to change over all of the bulbs in your home and reap the saving and the safety benefits!
Connie will be sharing the wall art she made to feature with the light in a post in a few days. She’s had another week of invasive health testing, so she’s taking a few days off.
Are you a daylight or soft white lover?