Q & A with Jamie Young, Lighting Designer
Get the whole scoop on lighting from stylish lamps to energy saving light bulbs with designer Jamie Young.
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.