Before You Buy a Bulb, Know This: Warm lighting is helpful for nighttime, when you’re getting ready to sleep; in the morning, cooler, brighter light can help you feel alert. Dimmable soft white bulbs offer both.
The Pros’ Pick: “This bulb works with any kind of dimmer. It’s designed to change ‘color temperature’—from a standard soft white to a warmer, more amber-toned light—as it dims. Not all dimmable LEDs do this. Many others just lower the level of light output without actually changing the appearance of the light.” —Tim Rider, LED Product Manager at Philips Lighting North America
To buy: Philips Dimmable LED Warm-Glow-Effect Bulb, $8; homedepot.com.