6 Best Light Bulbs for Reading, Writing, and Comfort

The Best Light Bulbs for Reading.

This article may seem a little pointless. It’s dark. Then it’s light. Tada!

But lighting is super important! What would you do if I just came and stole all the light bulbs out of your house? (Besides go to the store and get new ones?) I can bet you’d be pretty angry. Or what if I just rearranged your light bulbs?

Many times we use different light bulbs for different things. Let’s say I took your outdoor flood lights and put them above your dining room table. A peaceful meal now becomes an interrogation–like dinner at your in-laws or Thanksgiving. Or what if we transferred your bright white bathroom LEDS or fluorescent and put them in your reading nook? Again… things wouldn’t be as they should.

SO without further ado, let’s come out of the dark and step into the light with these best light bulbs for reading!

The Best Light Bulbs for Reading

  1. Phillips LED Dimmable A19
  2. Sylvania 13W CFL T2
  3. GE 3-Way Light Bulb
  4. Vintage Edison LED Bulbs
  5. Novostella Smart LEDs
  6. Yangcsl LED

1. Phillips LED Dimmable A19 (Best LED)

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Philips LED 479576 9.5A19/PER/827-22/P/E26/WG 4/4BB Light Bulb, 4-Pack, Frosted, 4 Count
  • Philips A19 LED light bulbs with Warm Glow Effect provide 800 lumens of soft white light, equivalent to 60 Watt incandescents; These bulbs fit standard medium base (E26) fixtures with the look and feel of a classic bulb; Not for use with Philips HUE products
  • Warm Glow dimming offers flicker free, silent dimming that works with more dimmer switches than any other LED on the market; The more you dim, the warmer the light from 2200 to 2700 kelvin just like traditional incandescent light bulbs
  • These best in class, Energy Star Certified Philips LEDs provide steady, natural lighting at 1/4 of the energy of incandescents, 1/2 the energy of halogens and with 10X and 4X the lifespan respectively; Philips LEDs are mercury free so they don't contribute to harmful hazardous waste
  • A19 soft white light bulbs are perfect anywhere you need a balance of clarity and warmth with the flexibility of dimming in an slightly smaller bulb; The E26 medium base fits standard fixtures on pendant, vanity, and bare lamps
  • This 4 pack of A19 LEDs is expected to deliver a lifetime of upto 15,000 hours and over 20 years based on standard usage of 3 hours per day, saving you the cost and hassle of frequent bulb replacement

These Phillips LED bulbs are this girl’s top pic for Best LED. They provide 800 lumens of soft white light which is about equal to a 60W incandescent bulb. This means that they aren’t overbearingly bright, but provide enough light to ensure that you can see whatever you are reading. It’s just plain comfortable light. Comfortable might seem a little pretentious when describing light, but that’s exactly what you need. Comfort. No straining. No squinting. Plus, these bulbs are dimmable and the more you dim… the warmer the light becomes. Keep it festive and bright or warm and cozy. The choice is up to you.

2. Sylvania 13W CFL T2 (Best CFL)

Sylvania 13W CFL T2 Spiral Light Bulb, 60W Equivalent, 850 Lumens, 2700K Soft White, Non-Dimmable (8-Pack)
  • Energy Saving: 13 Watts (60 Watt Replacement)
  • Color: 2700K (Soft White)
  • Brightness: 850 Lumens
  • Lifetime: 10,000 Hours
  • 8 Bulbs

The Sylvania 13W CFL is an awesome choice for those of you into CFL type bulbs. These energy savers only use up 13W, but they pack a punch. They can replace a 60W incandescent bulb and provide up to 850 lumens. This falls into a comfortable light range keeping your eyes shielded from undue strain. Being CFLs, these bulbs cannot dim, so look elsewhere if that’s what you need. However, they do provide a whopping 10000 hours of light. So they got that going for them which is nice.

3. GE 3-Way Light Bulb (Best Incandescent)

GE 97494 Lighting 50/100/150-Watt, 3-Way Light Bulb, Soft White, 4-Pack
  • Model number : H&PC-71059
  • The Package length of product is 9.4"
  • The Package width of product is 22.35"
  • The Package height of product is 22.61"

If you’re old fashioned and prefer your light bulbs to be as well, these GE’s are the pick for you. They get the job done and are cheap. Nothing too fancy. What sets these apart from other incandescent options is the 3-way capabilities. Use these at three different wattages–50W, 100W, or 150W. However, these will use more electricity than CFL or LED bulbs. And they won’t last nearly as long. But if your lamp just won’t support LEDs or you are looking for that iconic incandescent glow, here’s a solid option.

4. Vintage LED Edison Bulbs (Best Vintage Option)

Led Edison Bulb Dimmable, Brightown 6Pcs 60 Watt Equivalent E26 Base Vintage Led Filament Bulb 6W, 480 Lumens, Amber White
  • 【Multi-piece & High Power】This Edison bulb set is available 6 pieces to meet your needs. The voltage of the vintage light bulbs is 120V and the power is 6W, which is suitable for the E26 medium base light fixture. It provides 430 Lumens lighting, 2700K warm white light.
  • 【Long Lasting & Dimmable】Offer an average of 20000 hours of lifespan. Use these Edison bulbs to adjust the brightness to suit any setting and meet different lighting needs and get the best lighting effect, which is very convenient and practical.
  • 【Low Heat & Stable Light】These edison LED bulbs are low heat,cool to touch. The light is stable, does not flicker, does not hurt the eyes, provides excellent lighting and decorative effects, and makes your room more warm.
  • 【High Quality & Safe】This light bulb is made of high-quality material and comes with an amber-colored glass cover. It combines fashion and retro to perfectly match modern furniture. Kraft carton and box foam packaging ensure the safety of product transportation, which is very practical and user-friendly.
  • 【Energy efficiency】Brightness of 6W LED E26 bulbs are equivalent to 60W incandescent bulbs'. This Edison retro light bulb comes with a retro and stylish appearance, beautiful, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. It is not only can be used for lighting, but also beautiful decorations for lamp chandelier, fixture, pendant lighting, wall sconces, ceiling light, room.

Whoever said light bulbs couldn’t look cool probably wasn’t very cool themselves. These are awesome! These dimmable LEDs produce up to 400 lumens of soft amber glow. They are also expected to deliver up to 30000 hours of light per bulb! These bulbs are just perfect for a cozy little reading nook or intimate setting like a formal dining area. Plus, they add a cool bit of ambiance to whatever room they light up. They’re sure to be a conversation starter for any who see them.

5. Novostella Smart LEDs (Best Smart Bulbs)

Novostella Smart WiFi LED Light Bulb, RGBCW Color Changing Bulb, 10W Dimmable Multicolored Lights, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Google Assistant IFTTT
  • 【RGBCW and Millions Color Changing】Pure Warm White+Pure Cool White+RGB; Energy efficient LED bulbs to replace your 80 watt bulbs. Smart bulb Creating your favorite light effects with 16 million colors and the brightness of every color is dimmable. You can choose your favorite color according to your mood and create a romantic atmosphere to every corner
  • 【Control from Anywhere】Control your smart light bulb from anywhere with your smartphone using the "Smart Life" APP (iOS, Android). Dim, turn on or off or change the colors of your light bulb remotely at your fingertips
  • 【8 Various Scenes】DIY your 4 joyful scenes for flash, strobe, shine, smooth lights; normal 4 scenes of ambience lighting for music or birthday party at home
  • 【Schedule & Memory】This light bulb can memory the last color or mode we used. Control your lights your way. Number of hours to turn off the light automatically can be set. APP also supports single/group control lights, customized setting (delay, sunrise and sunset, weather, scene, etc.)
  • 【Voice Contro】Smart LED light bulb compatible with Alexa Echo ,Echo dot ,Google Home Assistant and IFTTT, control the wifi bulb via your voice, No hub required. (e.g. ‘Alexa, set the bedroom to blue’). If you have any question on the bulbs, please don’t hesitate to contact us

With things such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the smart home revolution has taken off. Not only can you control your speakers and TV, but you can utilize smart tech for your light bulbs as well. However, in order to do so, you need to make sure you have the compatible bulbs. And this bulb is one of the absolute best out there. At only 7W it can produce up to 600 lumens in almost any color you can imagine. Yep, there are right around 16 MILLION different color combinations that this single bulb can output all from the sound of your voice. You can also app control away from home. This means you can “Roxanne” your room when coming home from a hot date prior to arriving. Or put it at a nice warm glow for reading.

6. Yangcsl LED (Best Remote Control)

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Yangcsl LED Light Bulbs 75W Equivalent 1200lm, RGB Color Changing Light Bulb, 6 Moods - Memory - Sync - Dimmable, A19 E26 Screw Base, Timing Remote Control Included (Pack of 4)
  • This is a LED color changing light bulb with remote control. It is very easy to operate and adjust brightness, It fits multi-purpose in life. It has warm white for daily illumination, 2700K, CRI>85, equivalent to 75W, 1200lm; There are 9 RGB color and 6 modes for mood and decoration as well. In addition, it comes with 2-year-warranty, 90-day-refund guarantee ensuring high quality standards applied and friendly customer service provided.
  • The bulbs are available in 10 colors and 6 modes (Flash, Strobe, Smooth, Warm, Fresh, Romantic). With 7 kinds of brightness adjustable, we can set the right atmosphere at any time to reflect different emotions.
  • Memory function: It can memorize the last static color or dynamic mode we used. Synchronization is a amazing choice, it is ideal for environments where multiple bulbs, such as fan lights, downlights, chandeliers, etc., are used together. When we use dynamic mode, the rhythm of the color changing of the bulb can be consistent.
  • Low light decay design . Warm white use 16 beads 1W high-brightness LED chips; Reduce the current and increase lumens per watt; Reduce the light decay and extend the life of LED bulbs.
  • Timing function: no need to connect the timer, after finished the setting, it will automatically turn on and off every day. We can install in corridors, courtyards or other outdoor environments, which will make life more convenient.

On a scale of 1-Nerdy Book Girl, how lazy are you? Well if you’re just like me, the remote control feature of this light bulb is all you need. But that definitely not all this bulb can do for you. This bulb can bring the party. When utilized to its fullest potential, you can set it on different colors or functions–such as strobe–with just the simple press of a button. If you want to use it for reading, it’s also great! I tend to fall asleep when I read (which is why I have to find a position where the book doesn’t drop directly onto my face). By using this light bulb, I can actually set a timer for it to turn off after a specified amount of time. This definitely qualifies them as one of the best light bulbs for reading.

What are the different types of light bulbs?

As we have seen above, light bulbs come in many different flavors. (This being said I just prefer a light meal. Ba-doom Tsss…Still waiting for my comedy career to kick off.)

And each of these have their own advantages and uses. Let’s explore them a bit more.

Incandescent

These are the OG’s of light bulbs. Contrary to popular belief, Edison didn’t invent the electric light bulb. This honor can be bestowed to Humphry Davy back in 1802. But it’s shine was short-lived. Extremely short lived at that and way too bright for any practical purpose. Over the next 70 years, other inventors tried to create a viable product but to no avail.

This is when Edison stepped in. Using a charred bamboo filament, he and his team were the first to create a viably commercial electric light bulb. Thus the credit goes to him. (I still have my reservations about this Edison guy.)

Either way, these early bulbs were considered incandescent bulbs. Bulbs which are still around to this day, albeit much more modernized.

Incandescent bulbs work by transferring electric current through a specialized filament. The filament–which is in cased within a glass or quartz bulb filled with inert gas–then begins to glow and… Voila! Let there be light!

As simple as these bulbs are, they still hold some pretty great advantages when compared to its LED or Fluorescent counterparts. These include:

  • Great for providing warm light to small areas
  • Cheap cost for consumers
  • Reliable even lighting with no flickering
  • Safe with no toxic materials
  • Dimmable
  • Come in universal sizes

Fluorescent

Developed in 1934 by General Electric, these bulbs are still highly relevant today. You probably see them everyday or even have some inside your home.

You know those long skinny tube bulbs? The ones found commonly in office spaces and vanities? Those are fluorescent light bulbs. But they don’t necessarily have to take those shape anymore. Modern day CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) are now commonly found in home lamps and overhead fixtures.

I am sure you’ve seen those tornado-like or twisted style bulbs. More than likely, those are CFLs. The twists and turns provide an extra length needed for the bulb to operate instead of just a long straight path.

The advantages for fluorescent bulbs include:

  • Much better energy efficiency when compared to incandescent bulbs
  • They are relatively cheap
  • Their energy efficiency leads to long term cost savings on electricity
  • Often provide for a better light distribution over incandescent bulbs
  • Less heat production due to its use of less energy

LED

If incandescent bulbs are the original gangstas of light bulbs, then LEDs are the new kids on the block. They’re normally small, but extremely bright and durable. Most modern light sources are making the swap over to LEDs and for many good reasons. You can find them as light bulbs, computer screens, smart phones, televisions, etc.

Here are just some of the advantages of LED light bulbs:

  • The most energy efficient of light bulb choices
  • Extremely long life
  • No flickering or warm-up time
  • Solid state–this makes them super rugged
  • Awesome color rendering means colors are more true under their light
  • Easily directed to specific areas
  • Brightness and Color control is made easy

Just beware though. LEDs do have one hidden danger.

Blue light.

Excessive blue light can be detrimental to your eye health. In order to find out more info on blue light, check out THIS article on the best blue light blocking glasses.

What do I actually use?

Honestly, I’m a huge fan of LEDs. I believe that they are among the best light bulbs for reading. Incandescent bulbs are essentially phased out in the US and for just a few bucks more than a CFL, I can get a quality LED. Plus, I love the adaptability of LEDs. CFL’s just can’t do that. But, if you’re on a tight budget, CFLs will work in a pinch. I would just reserve incandescent bulbs for antique lamps in order to get that authentic glow. However, LED tech is providing that glow now.

That’s just my two cents anyway. Let me know what you think. What bulbs are you using and why? I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers,

 

 

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