Anyone who says compact fluorescents don’t work for mood lighting hasn’t tried the right compact fluorescent! The most common argument against CFLs is the color of the light they give off. That may have been valid many years ago, but compact fluorescents today have a wide spectrum of light available.
Light color is classified using the Kelvin temperature scale. A standard incandescent light bulb produces light around 2700 degrees Kelvin, expressed as 2700K. Early compact fluorescent light bulbs were only produced around 3500K to 4100K, which is much whiter than 2700K. My preferred color temperature is 5000K, though I will probably try 6500K (which is the lighting industry’s general consensus for daylight) some day.
Mood lighting is generally warmer and less bright than standard lighting. Contemporary compact fluorescent light bulbs are able to achieve 2700K light and be dimmable at the same time. Years ago CFLs could not be dimmed, but the technology has arrived and it works great. Dimmable compact fluorescent light bulbs
are perfect for mood lighting.
If you want mood lighting without the need for dimming, compact fluorescents have that covered as well. Torpedo compact fluorescents come in a variety of types to help set the tone of a room; flame-type, bullet-type, cone-type, and others replace the old inefficient incandescent bulbs of yore. You can accomplish your mood lighting goals and save money by switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs
. I have done away with my incandescent light bulbs and switched over to compact fluorescents, and I love it.