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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cool Daylight vs. Warm White: Light Bulb Shopping Should Not Be This Complex

Quick quiz: what colour comes into your mind when you hear the following words:
  • Cool Daylight
  • Warm White 
Now, I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "daylight", for some reason I get a picture of this thing appearing in my head:

You're certainly doing your job today Mister Sun.

That's right, our old friend the sun. Now, I know the sun isn't actually yellow, but when I hear the word "daylight", the colour I would most likely pair with it would be "yellow" - the colour of the sun as it appears from Earth. Daylight = yellow. Simple, eh?

It's going to get a bit complicated now, dear reader, but try to stay with me - when I hear the word "white", I (for some reason) think of the colour white. I dunno, maybe I'm strange that way, thinking of the colour white when I hear the word white.

I'm weird like that, thinking of this colour when I hear someone say "white"...

Anyway, you would think this type of logic (daylight=yellow, white=white) would be easily transferred to light bulbs, but oh no. If you buy a "Daylight" light bulb, you get a light that looks like this...

Yep, that colour reminds me of daylight!

... but if you buy a "White" light bulb, you get a light that looks like this:

And that colour reminds me of white!

Does this not seem absolutely retarded to anyone else? Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to make "white" light bulb give off a yellow light? And since when has any person looked at the sun and thought "If there's one colour that reminds me of, it's white"?

(Yes, I realise that the packaging in these photos gives you a slight clue as to what colour the light emits, but the brand I bought is a rare exception, most brands are not colour-coded)

Because I clearly have no life, I asked the lady at the hardware store why white bulbs were called daylight and yellow bulbs called white, and she responded it had something to do with the chemical reaction. Oh, very useful. Maybe we should stop labeling our drinks as water and milk instead label them as H2O (Hydrogen and Oxygen) and H2OCaPMgFeMoMnCuC (Hydrogen, Oxygen, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Molybdenum, Manganese, Copper, Carbon).

I get it, companies. You want brands that have a distinctive name, sound attractive. That's why you can't just buy "red" paint, there's fifty trillion shades, like midnight red, passionate red, menstrual red, and so on. But even paint manufacturers aren't stupid enough to call their red paint "passionate blue" just because it involved a blue chemical at some point, it would be extremely irritating to the consumer. So why is nobody calling light bulb manufacturers out on this? When I pointed out the confusing labeling to the lady at the hardware store, she looked at me like I was the idiot.

It's just ridiculous. No matter what the reason, the fact we're labeling white light bulbs "daylight" and yellow light bulbs "white" has to stop.

Ugh, I've had enough. I'm off to go get a drink of H2OCaPMgFeMoMnCuC.

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