Don’t you think that getting up in the morning when it is pitch black outside just feels all wrong? It seems like some sort of cruel punishment to force our bodies out of the warmth of our beds while the street lights are still turned on.
And yet, there is something about that moment when I’ve quietly made my way downstairs, focused entirely on getting coffee and getting it quickly, and I reach to turn on the first lamp. It’s almost magical.
I NEVER turn on overhead lights in the morning. Frankly, I refrain from turning them on unless absolutely necessary. My husband may or may not occasionally mutter the word ‘hermit’ under his breath at me. 😉
But, there is just nothing like the soft, slow illumination of a room. Its like the difference between waking your children up by gently rubbing their backs and whispering, “It’s time to wake up honey” and barging in with a bull horn shouting “WAKE UP!”.
I think the only thing that tops turning on lamps in the morning is when I get to turn on the lights of the Christmas tree before everyone in the house wakes up and watch the darkened room begin to glow.
Since I may have a slight lamp obsession (do NOT look in my attic!), it seems like I am constantly buying light bulbs. And when stores started only carrying LED bulbs I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled.
They just never quite looked the same, you know? And the glow from my lamps wasn’t quite as…well…glowing. It was ruining my early morning mojo.
So I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to try out the Cree LED bulbs. They look and light up just like regular ol’ incandescent bulbs but use 85% less energy and last 25 times longer (yes 25 times!!). And best of all (at least in my book), they don’t take forever to come on. You know what I’m talking about right? So many other LED bulbs do that slow warm up that has you second guessing whether or not you actually flipped the light switch!
I’ll admit, I was a skeptic. I was one of those who was scooping up every last ‘normal’ light bulb I could find thinking that if there was every a light bulb apocalypse, I would be the hero with my fully stocked light bulb bunker.
But, it looks like I’ll have to postpone digging that underground bunker in my back yard because these are amazing!
And we want YOU to get to enjoy their amazing-ness too so we’re offering you the chance to win $70 worth of Cree Light Bulbs which, believe me, will go a LONG way!
Enter to win here:
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As we ‘fall back’ into winter, it’s even more important to keep our homes warm and cozy and whether you’re a hermit like me and love the glow of lamp light or you want to turn on every overhead light you can, using the right kind of bulbs will make all the difference!
Find Cree LED Bulbs at your local Home Depot.
*Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Cree Bulbs and while I was compensated for this post, all opinions are 100% my own. You can read our full disclosure statement here.*
Angelia W. says
I am so with you on the lamps!! My husband always rolls his eyes at me when I say they add ambiance to the room 🙂 Men, they just don’t get it. I am almost out of my stash of the old lightbulbs and so confused about which kind to get next. Thanks for the product details and the opportunity. Love the blog!
Lisa Brown says
I don’t really do anything different for the winter, except take out the throws for the soft and chairs.
I would love to try these bulbs. I love your blog. Thank you for the giveaway.
Heather King says
Plenty of throws by the sofa!
I LOVE these lightbulbs and have been gradually replacing all the bulbs in our home with them. I also love their larger bulbs for my canned lights in the kitchen. Expensive, but the light is warm and soft and the bulbs are guaranteed to last 10 years. I save the packaging with the guarantee and staple the receipt to the packaging and store with my other warrantees.
I put cozy throws all around on the couches and burn lots of candles.
Jean from Georgia says
The Cree bulbs have been advertised at Home Depot and I think I will try them. Glad to know there is no delay when turning on the light. Thanks for the post and for sharing your pretty lamps.
I bring out the soft, snuggly blankets!
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
I would love to get all light bulbs that reflect the daylight spectrum. Taking pictures for the blog indoors is a challenge especially with the dark dreary days. I never turn on overhead lights — they just seem too much “in your face”.
I usually associate warm & cozy in the home with soup or meatballs simmering on the stove. I never considered the idea of using lighting for that warm & cozy feeling, especially in the morning. I think I will give that a try. Thank you for the inspiration!
Devra aka ThePomeroyLife says
My husband is a lamp user; says they are more ambient than overhead lighting. He just recently decided to switch us to LED bulbs, but they are so pricey he says we have to switch gradually. lol! These bulbs would make his day, and the best part is – he works at Home Depot and could easily pick them up!
I love to have a fire in the fireplace and cuddle up in nice warm blankets.
Donna H says
I like to cozy up my home with comfy throws and candles . I love your blog and home decor ideas !
I like nice warm cozy blankets around the house.
Rosa G. says
This is the second review I have seen for these bulbs….so I will try them. We keep warm blankets all around the house and usually have a cup of hot chocolate before bed!
I am almost always baking something this time of year. It makes me feel cozy walking into a warm kitchen with something delicious in the oven!
Robin C says
Totally agree about NOT turning on overhead lights when they are lamps. Anxious to try these CREE LED bulbs because I am not a fan of the regular LED.
Gina DeSantis says
I’m with you … I love the light from a lamp to make the house feel cozy in the winter. And I turn the Christmas tree lights on firs thing in the morning too … best way to enjoy a cup of joe. I pull out all sorts of flannel blankets and pillows to make the house feel more warm and cozy in the winter. Thanks for the giveaway!
I absolutely dislike overhead lighting too. I have not tried the CREE LED bulbs yet, love the chance to win them – Thanks!
Diva Kreszl says
I am so with you on the lighting issue, I too prefer some nice ambient light to glaring bright light. I have yet to try these Cree bulbs but will definitely look into them, thanks for sharing !!!
Sherry Tune says
I would love to try these, I have been like you, hoarding the regular bulbs. I hope to win so that I can try these out.
Sharon K says
A fire in the fireplace and warm throws on some chairs and couches!
Cool bulbs,nice blog!
I’m an overhead light gal (I need it for my sewing) but hubby prefers the lamplight. Would love to tr the Cree LED bulbs. Thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway.
terri B says
I love using our cute little space heater and warm cozy socks!!
I like bright rooms, but I also enjoy the quietly lit space. So I get it.
I switch out my throw pillows to some that are more warm and inviting and I also switch out the bedding from coverlets to quilts.
I like to cozy up on the couch with a warm blanket and a hot beverage and watch the fire in the fire place. That is simply the best for me. I totally agree that lighting makes all the difference in how you wake up.
Karen J says
Soft light.. from lamps or candles works everytime.
Fire in the fireplace, Pottery Barn throw on the couch and vanilla candle burning. Works for me every time!
Bailey Dexter Parr says
I love the feel of being surrounded by soft lighting and a light scent from my favourite scented candles, so cozy!
Cozy blankets around the house and a fire in the fireplace.
I love lamps & mood lighting myself and am a bit of a lamp hoarder too ha
I don’t think overhead lighting should be used for anything but bowling alleys lol
I make my home feel warm & cozy in the winter, by bringing out nice, soft & fluffy blankets. I also think candlelight(battery operated or real) adds alot of “warmth”!
Thank you for the chance to win these!
Richella Parham says
I’m thrilled to read this post, and so happy to know that you’re working with Cree. Cree is headquartered in my hometown!! I hope they’ll bring you to Durham sometime. . . I would so love to show you around our beautiful city.
I’m a lamp girl, too, and I haven’t made the switch to LED. Thank you so much for the review of these light bulbs. I’d love to win!
Melissa M says
I love having a fire.
Love LED and natural light! What a great product!
Judy E says
I love lamps! Prefer them to the overhead lights as they are so much kinder, I think. I’d love to try these bulbs!
Warm woolen blanket, fire & coffee.
Big pillows and throws and warm beverages such as hot chocolate or hot apple cider.
Anne Marie Carter says
I like to use crochet throws and candles to set a cozy mood.
Definitely lamps and hot beverages!
carol clark says
candles going or some oil i put out and some nice comfy throw covers and always peppermint laying around
Amy Reed says
Break out the faux fur pillows and throws – so soft and cozy for the colder temps!
Debra C says
Throws and candles.
Nancy Sharp says
I love lots of light. My husband likes a smaller electric bill. This is the second post I’ve read about these so it looks like I’m going to have to try them. LET THERE BE LIGHT!
I love all your lamps I also have them everywhere because we live in an old home an there is none in the ceilings
Cheryl Blatchley says
Listen to soft music with soft lighting, sip hot chocolate, tea or sweet latte, and curl up with a warm blanket and a good book! Now that’s relaxation! The right lighting and music sets the mood in any room of the house! Love your blog!
I use lamps & cozy throws!
Throws everywhere so people can pick up if they feel chilly
Jana Coley says
We keep blankets around to snuggle under if we feel cold.
Cheryl Ann says
My favorite for that cozy feeling is the fragrance of orange spice tea on the stove, a fire in the fireplace, and a good light by my favorite chair to read by. I can’t wait to try Cree lighting!
I like to add cashmere throw and change the color of light bulb.
I agree with you about the original LED lights, not a fan. I’ll definitely give these a try.
Rhonda A Johnson Fortner says
Decorating and lighting candles warm snuggly blankets hot drinks and my fake fireplace heater !
Slowly,but surely,changing out all of our light bulbs. We have high ceilings so long life bulbs would be Great!! Thanks for the offer!
This year I hope to add a gas fireplace insert but mostly I enjoy a good cup of coffee and some warm sweats and a comforter or throw to snuggle with on the couch when I have time to watch a little TV. And some good baking smells never hurt. I love fall baking with the deep smells of cinnamon and pumpkin and spices of all kinds. Not to mention apples and darker flavors like coffee and chocolate.
I love the light and add warmth of candles plus good smelling Wallflowers from Bath & Body.
It helps to know what people think of those Cree lights since I’m also one the hoards normal light bulbs!
I light candles more often in the fall and winter and will put out thicker throws.
Joanne A says
I agree. Lamps tucked in corners give off a nice glow and have a welcoming feel to them, instead of the brightness of pot lights. I also like the warmth and glow from our fireplace. It’s such a cozy feeling to tuck into a comfy chair with dim lights and a fire. I keep a soft blanket close to my chair for those early mornings. My toes get cold. Lol
I love pumpkin spice candles and rosemary with lemon simmering on the stove. Bring out the low lamps and warm cookies? Yes, please!
denise low says
I just like watching t.v in the dark. Sometimes I turn on the fireplace.
Dandi D says
I love sitting by the fireplace, but unfortunately we don’t have one at our house.
I live in Florida, so there really isn’t a winter, but I love making our home feel cozier, just by switching out summery pillows for cozy fabric ones, changing out accessories, such as filling a glass jar in my kitchen with apples instead of lemons, etc.
i love a cozy fireplace and soft, warm, fuzzy throws available for snuggling!!
Fire in the fireplace always makes the house feel cozy.
Lisa Mothersead says
I like that morning time, too, when I turn on my kitchen chandelier dimmed to just the right amount of light. Your lamps are so pretty, as are your homes. Thanks for the giveaway drawing!
Kay Brodine says
I totally agree with you on the lights. I do not like overhead room lights!! I am also obsessed with lamps. I am always finding a lamp I can’t live without. I want to try the Cree bulbs because I do not like the other new bulbs. No ambiance at all. Thanks for the info….
Martha Franks says
I like soft light too! Hate overhead lights unless I’m working in kitchen. Would love to win cree lights.
Kelly Kimmell says
Flameless candles are always a must in the winter at our house.
I LOVE A NICE WARM FIRE AND MY GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS KEROSENE LAMPS. THAT’S ENOUGH LIGHTING FOR ME. JUST CURL UP IN FRONT OF THE FIRE WITH MY PUPPY DOGS AND SIP ON A YUMMY CUP OF HOT COCOA OR SPICED CIDER. COZY, COMFY, WARM AND INVITING.
Becky Weber says
We like to get cozy with a wood burning fire in wood stove!
Jennifer H. says
I love candles and lots of soft throw blankets.
Sharon Lynn says
Candles with the smell of fall and winter and warm blankets 🙂
Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless You 🙂
Betsy Barnes says
I add a few throw pillows and warn, fuzzy throw blankets in my living room. Also during the colder months, I cook a lot of meals in the slow cooker. Great comfort foods warms my whole family 🙂
Pam Ballard says
I love having my fireplace going with my favorite scentsy in the warmer. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway.
Pamela H. says
Oh, my! I want to make different light shades — using the frame to tie on various white/cream fabric — fun!
My favorite way to make my home feel warm and cozy in the winter is with lots of blankets, throws, and candles. I’ve been wanting to try the Cree bulbs. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to possibly do just that! 🙂
Lisa L says
Pumpkin spice candles and lots of soft blankets.
Ashley C says
I love snuggling up under soft blankets and lighting some of my favorite candles
Sally P says
Love a fire in the fireplace – sooooo cozy 🙂
Jenny scheldberg says
I like to make a stovetop potpourri of oranges and cinnamon. It’s heavenly.
Sharon McIntyre says
A nice fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate, dimmed lights to enjoy the fire better. I love the winter!
PENNY SITTEN says
Love the fireplace & snuggling on the couch
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
We love the Cree light bulbs around herefor more reasons than one!!…Love your lamps!! Great giveaway!
Apple pie & snowflake candle scents in different rooms & plenty of firewood for the fireplace.
Kelly D says
I like to decorate with candles, and put warm throws on the couches.
Judy Lyle says
Cozy winter means the smell of evergreen and something that has been cooked that contains cinnamon. Plus a book and blanket!
Terri S says
I’m always simmering cinnamon sticks, orange rinds and different spices this time of year. It makes the house smell so good and adds moisture to the air.
Melanie C. says
Just bought a few of these and live them but will have to save up for some more (unless I win)
Marie Valum says
We have started using Cree bulbs, even switched to them in our travel trailer!
Karen Sue says
We have a fireplace space heater – I just turn the flame portion on and snuggle with throws. Really cozy
Heather B says
A nice fire going in the old wood stove and lots of throws on the sofa.
Tina F says
I love to have scented candles going some pillows on the floor and couch and throws on the couch and chairs The lights are on but very dim
kristen mcclary says
we bring out our holiday blankets and i usually always have something yummy in the crockpot filling the air during the holiday season
Kaye Killgore says
Cozy blankets, warm drink, and a good book
Tonya Dreese says
firepit and warm cozy blenkets
Carla S. says
Love our cozy fireplace, soft lights, and some of my hand crocheted afghans tossed around to snuggle under. Mmmm, nice.
I like draping throws and blankets.
Your lamps are so pretty. The shade are so nice. I love lamps. I would like to try these new to me light blubs from Cree. Thank you, Chris
oops I forgot to say that being cozy curled up in a comfy chair with a good reading lamp behind me so I can read a good book, while sipping tea on a cold morning.
I like to use lamps instead of overhead lights and lots of candles.
I’m a light bulb fanatic and would love to try these out!
I put out extra red and plaid throws all over the living room and basement. I also love to light candles during winter.
Sean C says
During Fall and Winter, I love baking once a week so the house smells yummy. And, I also love having holiday movie nights with the children and hot cocoa.
I love to cozy my home by pulling out my throws & baking.
betty n says
I like making hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks in the crockpot. The house smells good all day. I also get out the throws and some fall candles.
i love my lamps and tables.
During the winter I think it helps to be active with the curtains and blinds – open wide to let in the light, then close them up to shut out the dark and cold!
Sherri Howell says
I love thw look and feel of lamps, throws, and candles to warm up the house
A fire going in the wood stove 🙂
thanks for the giveaway
Brooke Ann says
Lots of blankets and throws with great smelling candles!
My favorite way to make my home feel warm and cozy in the winter is with candles, a fireplace, and seasonal throws on the couch and chairs.
Laying quilts around the furniture to cozy up with