Green ginger jar table lamp
Jamie Young Company

Bulb Concerns

MHI: We like those compact fluorescent bulbs for their low-energy appetite, but their light is so ugly. Any tips on countering the green effect?

JY: CFL (link) bulbs have gotten a deservedly bad rap in the past for their horror-movie lighting effects. However, the newest generation of CFL bulbs has been very effective at countering that effect. Improved phosphor formulations have improved the subjective color of the light emitted by CFLs so that the best "soft white" CFLs available are very similar in color to standard incandescent bulbs. Look for labeling stating "warm white light" or "soft white" light. They still will not have quite the yellow/ gold light of traditional incandescent bulbs, but they get pretty close.


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