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We have created a guide on one of our dressing table, mirror, and jewellery cabinets main features – lights! In this guide we will look at the basics of lighting options for your Carme Home furniture and we will look at both Hollywood and LED lighting, their appearance and highlight the advantages. We’ll also look at the technology of our lights and how to use them.

Lighting Your Dressing Room or Bedroom

When it comes to illuminating your dressing table, mirror, or jewellery cabinets, selecting the right lighting is essential. Not only does it enhance visibility for applying makeup, beauty prep and accessorising, but it also contributes to the overall aesthetic appeal of your space. Carme Home understands this importance and offers a range of lighting options tailored to meet your needs.

Buying a new piece of furniture for your dressing room or bedroom can be a hard decision and we are here to answer any lighting questions you may have and help you decide on the perfect Came Home piece for you! Read below for all you need to know about lighting, colour temperature, types of bulbs and the different settings you can choose from.

Lighting Basics

Lighting plays a crucial role in how makeup looks in different environments. Understanding the quality, direction, and intensity of light is essential for achieving desired makeup results. Natural lights and artificial light sources have different characteristics that affect how we see colour.  Wherever you do your makeup, good natural light isn’t always available, that’s where Carme Home come in!

Colour temperature is how we see the ‘warmth’ or ‘cool’ tones of light. This is measured in Kelvin (K). A lower colour temperature appears warm, and has a yellow-ish hue, resembling candle lights or incandescent bulbs. A higher colour temperature is a cool tone, giving a blue-white tone similar to day-light or fluorescent lighting. Daylight colour temperature lights closely resemble the lighting conditions found in natural daylight.

Lumens measure how much visible light you are getting from a bulb, more lumens mean its brighter and fewer lumens mean it is dimmer.

Hollywood Vs LED

How Do LED and Hollywood Bulbs Differ?

Lets get technical

Hollywood bulbs traditionally are incandescent bulbs that rely on a heated filament to produce light when an electric current passes through it. While, LED bulbs use light-emitting diodes, which are solid-state semiconductors that emit light when electric current flows through them.

Did you know? Our Hollywood bulb pieces are LED, giving the perfect combination of the glamorous look with the added benefits of LED. Meaning you simply need to choose which aesthetic you prefer!

Appearance

Hollywood bulbs are known for their iconic appearance with a globe shape. They evoke a classic and nostalgic Hollywood aesthetic that is often associated with vanity and glamour. Their shape is larger than a standard light bulb and this gives them a distinctive, stand-out aesthetic.

LED lights come in various shapes and sizes, including traditional bulb shapes, but they typically have a more modern and streamlined integrated look. The technology of LED allows for a compact size and design flexibility. Allowing us to create those sleek products that you love!

What Are the Advantages?

  • Provides a bright flattering even illumination.
  • Dimmable options to create that perfect ambience.
  • Reach full brightness immediately when turned on without and warm-up time.
  • Hollywood bulbs have an iconic look.
  • Energy efficient.
  • Extremely long lifespan.
  • Highly durable.
  • Produce less heat than incandescent bulbs.
  • LED technology allows for various integrated designs.
  • LED can also emit light in various colours.(We’ll get onto that later!)

How Long Do the Bulbs Last and Are They Replaceable?

Our bulbs aren’t replaceable. All our bulbs have an exceptionally long-life span, with most of our products offering 30,000 hours. To put this into perspective, if the light was to be left on for 24 hours a day the bulbs would last just over three years. With an average use of an hour a day that is an impressive 82 years!

Non-replaceable bulbs come with an integrated design, resulting in better performance and efficiency. The technology from these bulbs allows us to give you the best products, a sleek design packed with features! Designs you love!

The Types of Bulbs We Offer

LED Light Strip (Battery powered)

This type of LED light strip is battery powered and a lamp life of 10000 hours, colour temperate of 6000K and has brightness of 600lm. These are powered with 3xAA batteries which have an approximate lifespan of 50 hours. Simply adjust the switch to turn the lights on an illuminate your mirror. These bulbs are not dimmable. Please note that batteries are not included.

LED Light Bulbs

The LED light bulbs are comprised of an LED light with a transparent bulb shell. Our LED light bulbs have a lifespan of approx. 15,000 hours and are not replaceable. These are powered with 3xAA batteries which have an approximate lifespan of 50 hours. Simply adjust the switch to turn the lights on an illuminate your mirror. These bulbs are not dimmable. Please note that batteries are not included.

Hollywood Bulbs

Our Hollywood bulbs have a brightness of 1250lm and are dimmable, this is controlled by a dimmer switch. The colour temperature of these bulbs is 6500K which is equivalent to natural day light. The dimmable Hollywood bulbs are plug in to power and have a lamp life of an impressive 30,000 hours. To put this into perspective, if the light was to be left on for 24 hours a day the bulbs would last just over three years.

LED Light Strip (Battery)

The LED light is on either side of the mirror providing even illumination. These are powered with 3xAA batteries which have an approximate lifespan of 50 hours. Controlled by a touch sensor this LED light strip has a brightness of 320lm. This LED light strip also has a lamp life of 10,000 hours and a colour temperature of 6000K. The LED light strip is not replaceable due to the integrated design. These LED light strips are not dimmable. Please note that batteries are not included.

LED Light strip

The LED light strip frames the mirror providing even illumination. Plug in to power up, this light is controlled by a touch sensor that is featured on the mirror. This LED light strip has a brightness of 630lm for some products and 920lm for other. This LED light strip also has a lamp life of 10,000 hours and a colour temperature of 6000K. The LED light strip is not replaceable due to the integrated design. These LED light strips are not dimmable.

Touch Sensor Hollywood Bulbs

The touch sensor Hollywood bulbs feature three colour settings, with cool, warm and daylight colours ranging from 2700k to 6500k. These plug in to power and aren’t replaceable due to the advanced technology and design of the bulbs. These bulbs have a very long life span of 30,000 hours which at an average use of an hour a day is an impressive 82 years! These bulbs have a brightness of 650-980lm and they are also dimmable.

Touch Sensor LED Light

Our touch sensor 3 colour LED lights range from a brightness of 2400lm – 3900lm. The LED strip frames the mirror, providing even illumination, with adjustable brightness to suit your needs. These feature three colour light settings to get the right light to create the perfect ambience. Colour temp

How Adjust the Brightness

Adjusting the brightness with a dimmer switch
Adjusting the brightness with a touch sensor

How to Use the Colour Settings

With many of our mirrors offering three colour light settings we’re here to explain each one and how to get the best use out of each and maximise your makeup look!

Different light can affect the appearance of skin and we understand the importance of good lighting and colour matching your makeup! Read below for all you need to know about which colour light setting we recommend using on our mirrors.

Three Colour Light Settings

Cool Light

Cool colour temperature lights provide a clear, bright, and refreshing illumination, which helps you see your skin tone, makeup colours, and textures more accurately. This is important for achieving consistent and desirable makeup results.

Harlow hollywood mirror - cool light

Cool light can enhance the visibility of blemishes, discolorations, and imperfections on the skin. We recommend using the cool light setting when you need to clearly see, for beauty prep such as when plucking or tinting your eyebrows.

Warm Light

Warm light creates a cosy and inviting atmosphere and is often used in spaces where relaxation and comfort are important. Warm colour temperature lights can enhance the natural warmth and glow of your skin, making it look healthier and more vibrant. They can also create a more flattering and soft lighting environment, which is ideal for getting that perfect selfie!

Harlow hollywood mirror - warm light

Warm light can help to reduce the visibility of imperfections and blemishes on the skin, creating a smoother and more even complexion. This can make it easier to achieve a desired look. We recommend using the warm light setting for hair styling as the softer light gives less illumination.

Day Light

Daylight colour bulbs mimic natural daylight. They have a white tone and provide a bright, crisp, and vibrant illumination. Daylight colour temperature lights closely resemble the lighting conditions found in natural daylight. Using this light setting at your dressing table can help ensure that your makeup looks consistent and natural when in a variety of environments, such as outdoors or under fluorescent lighting.

Harlow hollywood mirror - day light

Daylight bulbs have excellent colour accuracy, allowing you to see your skin tone, makeup shades, and textures more accurately. We recommend using this setting when applying your makeup, the bright illumination is essential for precise colour matching and blending, such as applying foundation or eyeshadow.

Daylight colour temperature lights provide a balanced and even lighting environment, which can help reduce the appearance of shadows on your face making it easier to achieve that desired look!

Belle Medium Silver Frame Touch Sensor LED Makeup Mirror with Lights

It’s important to note that lighting conditions can vary depending on factors like room paint colour, window placement, and natural light sources. We recommend that you test and experiment with different lighting setups to find the most flattering and suitable light for your dressing table and for applying your makeup.

Carme Home understands the importance of lighting in enhancing your experience and offers a range of options to suit everyones taste. Whether you opt for the glamorous Hollywood lights or the chic LED lighting, you can trust Carme Home to provide high-quality and stylish furniture.

We hope this guide has helped you understand our lighting options and in choosing that dream piece of furniture with the perfect illumination. If you have any further questions our team are here to help!

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