Dec 06, 13
One of the best parts of the Christmas season? Untangling that mass of Christmas lights, climbing the ladder and creating your own lighting display year after year for all the neighbors to enjoy. But before your home will rival that of even Clark Griswold, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily transform your home into the gem of the neighborhood.
Below you’ll find a few steps that will transform your home into the talk of the town this and every Christmas.
What Kind of Lights? – First, determine what kind of lights you’ll be using. Icicle lights give the illusion of, well, icicles by utilizing varying lengths of drops, usually spaced six inches apart. Going for that classic look? Try using C7 or C9 bulbs to line your roof, or even the ridgeline of your roof for a unique touch. After deciding what kind of lights you’re going to use, you’ll need clips to hang them. We recommend using all-in-one clips, as these work with lots of types of lights (for a demonstration of these clips, see the video below).
Test Your Lights – The last thing you want to do is spend hours hanging your lights, only to discover half of them don’t work, so make sure you test them before hanging them. If you have any sets with missing or burned out bulbs, ensure you replace the bulbs with those from the same type of set. For example, if you’re replacing bulbs on a set of 50 lights, only use replacement bulbs from a set of 50 lights with the same amperage, as both sets use different voltages and could cause premature burn out. Also, avoid connecting light sets of differing numbers of lights. You don’t want to connect a 35-light set to a 150-light set, as the milliamps are different and you could face a premature burnout or even a fire. Now this only applies to incandescent mini lights, not LEDs or C7 or C9 bulbs.
Hang Your Lights – Once you’ve decided which lights you’re going to string up and where you’re going to hang them, it’s time to grab your gear and get to it. Timers are all-around great products, but they can play an especially vital role in reducing your electricity costs during the holiday season. If you’re going to use a timer, it’s recommended to have the lights kick on at dusk, and shut off either at midnight or at dawn. This eliminates those days when you forget to unplug your lights when heading off to work or forgetting to plug them in at night. To make the whole light installation process faster, easier, and safer, it’s a good idea to install the clips on your lights while on the ground. While you’re on the ladder, avoid standing on the top rung and stretching too far. Christmas won’t be as much fun with a dislocated shoulder or a broken arm. The saying “measure twice, cut once” not only applies to carpentry, but to holiday lighting as well. Measure how much distance you’re going to need for your lights. There’s nothing worse than a bare spot on your roof line.
When hanging your lights, the most important thing to remember is to have fun and be creative. On that note, we’d love to see your lighting displays, so send us pictures of your decked out homes on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!
Ottawa—As of December 3, 2013, Leapfrog Lighting’s product line will give 1000Bulbs.com customers a quality spec-quality lamp choice—bulbs traditionally specified by lighting designers, architects, retailers and galleries.
“Leapfrog Lighting fills that special need, for customers who require the most consistent quality, such as lighting designers and architects,” explained Jeremy Foster, Director of Marketing at 1000Bulbs.com. “We’re pleased to be able to provide our customers with a premium spec-quality line of lamps. We were impressed with the level of testing and quality control at Leapfrog Lighting.”
“We are excited about our new relationship with 1000Bulbs.com,” said Stephen Naor, CEO at Leapfrog Lighting. “1000Bulbs.com is nationally recognized for customer service and product. Its client base covers nearly every application category in lighting.”
Many users—beyond the professional designers and architects—demand the total light quality of spec-quality lamps. At a time when the lighting industry is discussing adding color rendering standards to LED lamp certification, Leapfrog Lighting goes beyond this standard to include testing for optical performance, color consistency and glare factors.
“We recognized that Leapfrog Lighting lamps have a slightly higher price for LED bulbs, but we decided to work with Leapfrog when we considered the overall quality, particularly for spec applications.” said Mr. Foster of 1000Bulbs.com
Leapfrog Lighting’s Mr. Naor explained that lighting is a major factor in the enjoyment of life and productivity of environment. In retail and commercial environments, the value of low-glare, even light distribution and consistent color are all equally important to workplace productivity, morale and satisfaction. “Leapfrog Lighting’s mission—our entire focus as a company—is to provide the most uncompromising performing LED lamps for commercial, industrial and retail applications,” said Mr. Naor.
The current Leapfrog Lighting product line, carried by 1000Bulbs.com, includes PAR20, PAR30, PAR38 and MR16 lamps that provide industry-leading output power through high-efficiency LED source and driver electronics. The innovative lens design creates a pleasing, glare-free light suitable for use in all indoor and unexposed outdoor down-lighting applications. The lamps also deliver the high CRI and ultra-consistent color temperature control critical to multi-lamp applications in hotels, restaurants, schools, office buildings, museums, galleries, retail operations and other public spaces. With a life expectancy of 40,000 operating hours, these UL-registered lamps will provide more than 27 years of service at 4 hours per day.
1000Bulbs.com is an award-winning Internet-based lighting retailer. The company offers everything from simple, household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting systems. Nationally recognized for growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction, 1000Bulbs.com is an influential force in the lighting industry. Follow @1000Bulbs on Twitter for the latest company announcements.
About Leapfrog Lighting:
Leapfrog Lighting, is best known for specialized commercial-application LED light bulbs, for applications where consistent quality is important, such as: retail and display, interior and architectural design applications, industry and commercial space, facility management, hospitals, galleries and museums. Follow @LeapfrogL on Twitter for the latest company announcements.
LED Market Background:
LED lamps are expected to achieve 25.8% market share in 2013 according to Digitimes research in “Trends in LED lighting market.” (http://www.digitimes.com/Reports/Report.asp?datepublish=2012/2/13&pages=RS&seq=400&read=toc) Many industry insiders, according to GreenTech Efficiency (http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/The-Path-to-an-80-Percent-Market-Share-for-LED-Lights), believe an 80% market share is feasible by 2020
Nov 29, 13
If you’re an avid participant in the madness that is Black Friday shopping, then you know how much of a nightmare it can be; the long lines, the ruthless shoppers – it can be a draining experience. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials on everything from light bulbs to Christmas decorations, 1000Bulbs.com has a little something for everyone – and you won’t even have to leave the house! Highlighted below are only a few of these great deals that are going on now and will extend through Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013.
ETi 5W – 35W Equal A19 LED – $2.99
For those of you that are currently making the switch to more energy-efficient lighting, you know how difficult it can be to find quality LED lighting at an affordable price. This ETi 5-watt A19 LED bulb will give you just that. Using only 5 watts, this bulb produces a warm white light and is an energy-efficient alternative to standard 35-watt incandescent bulbs. Featuring a standard A19 shape, this bulb will easily replace incandescent bulbs in fixtures like table lamps and hanging pendants. Because it produces the same wattage as an incandescent using less energy, the ETi LED will also save you money on energy costs. Now that’s a pretty great Christmas gift.
25% Off Holiday LED Wax Candles – Starting at $6.90
Part of decorating for the holidays is all about creating the right atmosphere. For some people, a component to creating that cozy Christmas feeling is having holiday candles everywhere from fireplace mantles to dining room tables. To give your home the same warm glow without the potential fire hazard, flameless LED wax candles will work just as well. Starting at only $6.90, these battery-powered holiday candles feature a soft glow flicker flame and a convenient timer option. Receive 25 percent off when you enter the coupon code “CANDLE25” at checkout.
6 ft. Pre-lit Christmas Tree with 200 Clear Lights – $39.95
If you’re looking to snag a great deal on a new Christmas tree this year, you’re in luck. This Barcana 6 ft. Timberline Pine Christmas tree eliminates the hassle of wrapping and unwrapping light strings. Constructed of classic PVC tips, this tree is incredibly easy to store and will last you many holiday seasons to come. Originally sold for the retail price of $149.99, you can get this tree while supplies last for only $39.95.
30% Off All Halogen Automotive Headlights – Starting at $3.63
Having replacement headlight lamps on hand is always a good idea, especially during the winter months. Driving through snow (or any kind of weather for that matter) without rear or front-facing headlights is never a good idea. Starting at just $3.63, all halogen headlights at 1000Bulbs.com are 30 percent off their original price using the coupon code “HEADLIGHTS”. By entering the make, model, and year of your car, our new Bulb Finder will help you find the perfect light for your automobile.
For a full list of our Black Friday items, visit www.1000bulbs.com/blackfriday. Have any more questions about our products? Give us a shout in the comments below or you can contact us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, shoppers are already browsing the Internet for quality products at drastically lowered prices. Internet lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com will be offering light bulbs, automotive headlights, Christmas decorations, and more at discounted prices starting on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. All deals will be extending through Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013.
For shoppers looking to find high-quality lighting for a fraction of the original cost, 1000Bulbs.com is having Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials on a selection of LED and halogen light bulbs. For the price of $4.49, 1000Bulbs.com will be selling the ETi Foreva A19 LED bulb which uses 8.5 watts, the equivalent of a 50 watt incandescent bulb to produce warm white light. Additionally, the ETi 5-watt A19 LED bulb will be on sale for $2.99. With a light output that matches 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs, the energy-saving ETi LED light bulbs are ideal for residential lighting applications such as table and desk lamps. The standard A19 shape of the ETi LED bulbs allow them to easily replace incandescent bulbs currently in household fixtures, saving customers money on their electric bills with their lower wattage consumption and impressive lifespan of 30,000 hours.
In time for Christmas, prices on select holiday lights and decorations have also been lowered. Starting at $6.90 each, these safe Flameless LED Wax Pillar Candles can be bought for 25 percent off their original price using the coupon code “CANDLE25″.
For customers wanting to light commercial spaces, a selection of Philips PAR20 and PAR30 halogen bulbs will be discounted as well. Originally $2.99, the Philips 50-watt PAR20 halogen spot light will be available for $1.99. With a rating of 3,000 life hours, this long-lasting halogen bulb is ideal for a number of applications, including office, retail, and display lighting.
Just in time for Christmas, prices on select holiday lights and decorations have also been lowered. Among the holiday decorations on sale are flameless LED wax pillar candles. Sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, the soft, glowing flicker flame of these candles will create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. Starting at just $6.90 each, these safe, flameless candles can be bought for 25 percent off their original price using the coupon code “CANDLE25”. To keep these battery-powered LED candles lit, Rayovac AA batteries can also be purchased for only 25 cents each.
To see all of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals offered from 1000Bulbs.com, visit: http://www.1000bulbs.com/blackfriday
About 1000Bulbs.com: 1000Bulbs.com is an award-winning Internet-based lighting retailer. The company offers everything from simple, household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting systems. Nationally recognized for growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction, 1000Bulbs.com is an influential force in the lighting industry.
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