Cinematography: the art of making motion pictures. At least, that is what the textbook answer is. These scenes are moody, they make you feel something; whether it’s a foggy morning sunrise, an aerial shot above a city, the quietness of a candlelit sanctuary, a muddy track from a horse race or the sun reflective off of the waves in the vast horizon of the ocean. Movies like Life of Pi and TV shows like Breaking Bad are known for either their moody elements or breathtaking scenery.
However, the main thing that is overlooked in these visuals is lighting. Photography is stills of light; without light, you couldn’t create those emotions. So- let’s take these feelings from the lighting in cinematography and use it in everyday life. Think about it, ambient light is the foggy sunrises, the sun through your window that wakes you up in the morning and the golden glow of the sun setting on your commute home. Let’s bring those feelings into your home.
There are many known types of lighting for your home; incandescent, CFL (compact fluorescent lamp), halogen, fluorescent, and LED.
Halogen- used to be what almost every light bulb was; made out of quartz and different vapors such as iodine and bromine. While closely related to the incandescent light bulb in how it reacts, due to the gasses in halogen it glows brighter. However, if broken the halogen light bulb is very dangerous. It is still used for art shows to create mood and task lighting such as cars.
Incandescent- the oldest of the group, it is known to come in three different shades; soft white, cool white, and daylight. There is no gas within the bulb which makes it safer but it does not last as long. They are your everyday lamp light bulb and the most commonly known bulb.
Florescent- these last 10 times longer than an incandescent light bulb. They come in a tube or bulb-like the shape and have a mercury vapor within them that make these bulbs equally dangerous to the halogen bulb. Known in hospitals and office buildings these lights are bright; they are also commonly used in garages, closets and laundry rooms.
CFL- these follow category as fluorescent but also come in the same shape that is more commonly known for LED. They can also be used for dropped light fixtures and table lamps.
LED- contain no gas, they don’t burn out like other bulbs but just dull and will last 25,000 hours longer than the average incandescent light bulb. Known for landscapes, steps, and stairways.
That is a lot of science and information, but what does it all mean? Well, while the majority of these bulbs are commonly known the most cost effective and energy saving is the LED. Though the price of each light bulb may be set higher than it’s competitors, in the long run, it will outlast them all. It is the safest and most cost efficient of them all.
Even though Halogens may set that cinematography mood for art shows, it wouldn’t be the best for your home. In fact, with today’s technology some LED lights can be synced with an app on your phone thus you can change the color to a wide variety of colors. So picture this, your home as you walk through it, its light by white light and the energy bill for the month is down half of what it was because you switched all of your light bulbs over to LED lights. It seems to me that not only is that an ending you would have in a good movie but your house could look as though it holds an art gala not a family of six.