By Amy Lee/Reuters,Jorge Ramos/ReutersReuters,The Wall Street NewsAssociated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A simple light bulb can turn your kitchen into an elegant home, a new study says.
A study of kitchen lights in the United States found that nearly all the lights in kitchens in the U.S. are “insulated” or “insulating” like other appliances.
Insulation helps prevent water from entering the room.
The study, led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University at Buffalo, looked at 10,000 LED lights in nearly 300 kitchens in 10 states.
Researchers say the lights have a large range of lighting styles.
“Our goal was to look at light levels and to find what kinds of lighting we could use to create a home that’s comfortable to live in,” lead author Chris Poynton, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, said in a news release.
“If we were to say that a light is too bright, then there’s a way to reduce it or improve it or make it even more comfortable.
But that’s a really difficult question to answer.”
The study focused on the most popular lights in U. S. kitchens, including the incandescent, compact fluorescent and incandescents, but there are also lights that have been popular for decades, such as the Cree and Philips lights.
“The incandes were pretty popular because they’re low cost and they’re easy to install,” Poyton said.
“They have very nice colors.”
The results are similar to previous studies, which have shown incandewares and other LEDs are popular in some kitchens.
“There’s a large body of literature suggesting that the use of these lights in home kitchens may reduce energy use and environmental impact,” Payton said in the news release, “but there are many limitations to the data that can be gleaned from this study.
We wanted to know how these lights affect the comfort and the comfort of the home.”
The researchers used the Upholstery, Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Light Survey, a nationwide survey of kitchen lighting that has been conducted since 1988.
“This study is the first to take a look at the relationship between light-level and comfort in kitchens and home owners,” Parnas said in an email.
“We found that the incands and incannes in particular have the largest effect on comfort, and they are the lights most commonly used in the home, which means that many people are not aware of this relationship.”
Poynton said the study was funded by the U, Parnsons and the National Science Foundation.