Choosing a bulb with the correct beam angle can make all the difference when furnishing your home. The beam angle is the width of light that is emanated from the bulb. It is typically measured in degrees and can vary vastly among different styles of bulbs.
Two of the key terms you are likely to come across when considering different beam angles are “spot” and “flood” light bulbs. A spot refers to a bulb with a narrow beam angle, as its concentrated beam gives the feeling of a spotlight effect. In contrast a flood refers to a bulb with a wide beam angle, as they tend to flood the whole area with light.
The advantages of a bulb with a narrow beam angle are that it can give you a really focused light; the strength of light should be the same on the floor as it is when it first leaves the bulb. They can also help to place attention onto an attractive ornament or give you the strong light you need to work effectively.
A bulb with a wide beam angle ensures that you get a really clear, even light. The spread of light makes sure that there are no dark areas in the room; and can allow you to use less bulbs as they can be spaced further apart. This style is very popular with people who are not looking to illuminate specific areas.
Things to consider when choosing between different beam angles would be the height of the ceiling, how your furniture is laid out, and what you are using the room for.
A bulb’s beam angle can make a significant difference to how your lighting will look, it is worth considering which style will best fit your requirements before making your purchase.
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