When it comes to motor vehicle safety, having top quality, high-performance lighting is of the utmost importance. Providing this type of safe and reliable lighting is EiKO, a globally recognized lighting company known for having an impressively broad selection of products. Internet retailer 1000Bulbs.com is expanding their existing partnership with EiKO to include a wide range of automotive lighting for domestic cars, motorcycles, and snowmobiles.
Founded in 1978, EiKO has built their reputation on manufacturing specialty lamps and high technology lighting for electrical, commercial, automotive, audio visual, medical, stage and studio, and photographic industries. With six strategically placed warehouses throughout the United States, EiKO ensures that products arrive to distributors, like 1000Bulbs.com, within 48 hours of purchase. Outside the U.S., EiKO has offices located in six different countries, selling their products to a global market through distributors all over the world.
1000Bulbs.com is now offering a line of EiKO’s automotive lamps such as miniature indicator lamps for vehicle interior and exterior lighting, halogen headlight capsules, sealed beam headlights, motorcycle lamps and snowmobile lamps.
This line of original automotive lighting is designed to meet or exceed the performance of each vehicle’s original lights. EiKO’s halogen headlight capsules use high-performance tungsten filaments, producing a brighter, whiter light. Miniature automotive metal-based lamps feature a nickel-plated brass base to prevent corrosion over time and guarantee reliable performance. The incandescent and halogen sealed beam lamps offer quality optics for better visibility.
In conjunction with an expanded partnership with EiKO, 1000Bulbs.com customers will soon be able to shop for EiKO automotive lighting using the 1000Bulbs.com Automotive Bulb Finder. Currently in the development stages, this bulb finder will allow customers to enter the year, make, and model of their vehicle and the appropriate automotive bulbs will be filtered to fit the customer’s specifications. In addition to making your bulb buying process simple, 1000Bulbs.com is also committed to offering quality products at affordable prices. This is why all EiKO automotive bulbs that can be found using the 1000Bulbs.com Automotive Bulb Finder, will be sold for a lower price than in local retail stores.
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.
Let’s face it. As lighting efficacy standards continue to change, traditional incandescent bulbs are struggling to keep up. While incandescent bulbs themselves are not being outlawed, they are being made to abide by the guidelines of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. This congressional mandate states that light bulbs now need to use 25 percent less energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. households could save nearly $6 billion on energy costs in the year 2015 by following these standards alone. In this post, we’ll show you why making the switch to energy-efficient lighting is worth considering and how it can save you money!
LEDs and CFLs
For over a century, incandescent light bulbs have been the go-to lighting source for household fixtures. Their inexpensive price tag and classic shape have made many people hesitant to give unfamiliar bulbs like LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) a try. However, these bulb types not only meet EISA requirements, but will produce the same amount of lumens (brightness) for less wattage and, therefore, consume less electricity.
CFLs are simply smaller versions of the fluorescent tubes you see in businesses and warehouses. Typically, a CFL uses about one-fourth of the wattage of a comparable incandescent and uses 85 percent less energy to illuminate itself. CFLs can also last up to ten times longer than a standard incandescent with a 1,000 hour lifespan. Some of you may be put off by using this twisty light in fixtures with an exposed bulb, but don’t worry! CFLs now come in a variety of shapes, including the classic A-shape of an incandescent.
LED bulbs are becoming increasingly popular for their low energy use in everything from residential lighting applications to street lighting. These lamps not only use up to 85 percent less energy, but can last anywhere from 25 to 30 years because they have no filament to burn out. Although current LEDs on the market tend to be on the pricey side, they will eventually make up for their initial cost in annual energy savings.
“How Much Money Will I Save?”
So, how much money can you save by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs? It all depends on how much your utility company charges you per Kilowatt hour (kWh) and the wattage of your bulbs. By following a simple formula, you can compare what your current bulbs and energy-saving alternatives would cost you annually.
Let’s say you have 40 light bulb sockets in your home all using 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. Let’s also assume that you use 2,000 hours of electricity from these fixtures annually and that your utility company charges you $0.11 per Kilowatt hour.
40 (Number of Bulbs) x 60 (Wattage of Bulbs) = 2400 Watts (Total Wattage)
2400 (Total Wattage) / 1000 = 2.4 Kilowatts
2.4 (Kilowatts) x 2000 (Hours of Usage Annually) = 4800 Kilowatt/Hr
4800 (Kilowatt/Hr) x $0.11 (Cost of Energy per kWh) = $528.00 per year
Now, let’s say you are planning to switch your original bulbs out with 14-watt CFL bulbs that are 60-watt incandescent equivalents. Using the same information, such as the hours of usage and the amount you are charged per Kilowatt hour, it would look something like this:
40 (Number of Bulbs) x 14 (Wattage of Bulbs) = 560 Watts
560 (Total Wattage) / 1000 = 0.56 Kilowatts
0.56 (Kilowatts) x 2000 (Hours of Usage Annually) = 1120 Kilowatt/Hr
1120 (Kilowatt/Hr) x $0.11 (Cost of Energy per kWh) = $123.20 per year
As you can see, the annual cost of running incandescent bulbs ($528) compared to an energy-efficient alternative ($123.20) can be substantial. Also, because incandescent bulbs have a much shorter life than CFLs and LEDs, replacing them will only add to your annual energy costs. While replacing all of your incandescent bulbs with these energy-savers might cost you more initially, the amount of money you save on your energy bills over time will more than make up the difference!
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It was bound to happen sooner or later. Your worst fear has come to life: there’s a broken bulb in your fixture. Your mind is bombarded with questions: What do I do? How do I fix it? Relax. We here at 1000Bulbs.com are going to show you how to remove that broken bulb. Safely, too, I might add, without requiring stitches or sending electricity coursing through your body.
Dealing with a Broken Light Bulb with Glass
Before you start handling bulbs and fixtures, make absolutely sure the electricity is turned off. Your body, more specifically your heart, doesn’t handle electricity too well. If you’re working with a lamp, unplug it, and if you’re working with a fixture, turn the power off at the circuit breaker.
Protect yourself. Wear mechanics gloves or gardening gloves, not latex gloves as the glass from the bulb will most likely cut through these types of gloves. Make sure to protect your eyes as well. Throw on some safety goggles, or if you’re fresh out of safety goggles, a nice pair of Oakley’s will do the trick.
When dealing with a broken bulb that still has glass around the base, grab the bulb as close to the base as possible. Even though you’re wearing gloves, it’s still best to avoid shards of glass ending up stuck in your gloves. Once the broken bulb is removed, simply throw it out. (Note: the above steps still apply even if you’re dealing with a CFL , but instead of throwing it away in the trash, dispose of it properly.)
What should you do if you don’t have gloves of any kind? Don’t worry. A potato will do just fine. Cut a potato in half, and carefully use one half to grab the bulb. The bulb’s glass will grip the potato, allowing you to twist the bulb out of its socket.
Dealing with a Broken Light Bulb with No Glass
You might be so fortunate as to come across a bulb that has all of the glass missing, and all that’s left is the base. Great. Thankfully, there’s a simple trick to removing the base from a fixture. Grab a pair of needle-nose pliers and open them inside the base and turn, to the left of course. You may need to tighten and retighten the bulb, sort of wiggling the base, before it comes out.
Last but not least, ensure a proper clean up. After you’ve swept up the glass, consider using the sticky side of tape to catch the finer pieces of glass that your broom missed.
That’s pretty much it. Just remember to use extreme caution when handling glass and electricity. Were there any steps we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or drop a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!
“High pressure sodium,” “metal halide,” and “conversion bulbs.” Any of these ring a bell? No? No worries; we’ve got you covered. So what are the differences between these bulbs and when do conversion bulbs come into play?
First things first. Metal halide bulbs, sometimes shortened to just “MH” and high pressure sodium bulbs, sometimes shortened to simply “HPS”, are in a family called High Intensity Discharge bulbs, or “HID” for short. The bulbs in this family produce a large amount of lumens, which is why they’re used for public spaces, like stadiums. This family also includes mercury vapor bulbs and the lesser-used low pressure sodium bulbs, or “LPS.” Now, there are those who wouldn’t necessarily group the LPS bulbs into the HID family, but for all intents and purposes, they’re part of the family. While we won’t get into the minute details of how these bulbs work, we will give you a snapshot of how these bulbs create their intense light.
High Pressure Sodium
As the name suggests, there’s lots of pressure in these bulbs, and, well, they contain sodium, but in a liquid form. When electricity pulses into an HPS bulb, to the tune of 2,500 to 3,000 volts for a duration of around 1 microsecond, an arc is created within the ceramic arc tube in the bulb and the heat this arc generates causes more sodium to vaporize and enter the arc. As temperatures increase, more and more sodium enters this arc, until eventually giving off the yellow light we’ve come to know. Also, this arc tube gets hot. Really hot. We’re talking about temperatures around 1,300 degrees Celsius. HPS bulbs are typically found in street lights and highway lights, and their yellow light serves a very distinct purpose: to attract fewer bugs. While these bulbs are used for public lighting, they’re not the best choice for task lighting, as they have a low CRI (color rendering index) and give off very yellow light.
GE ConstantColor Chromafit 93357
Unlike their HPS counterparts, metal halides are actually very good for task lighting for two reasons. One, they usually have a very good CRI, and two, they have a crisper color and white light. Both of these traits translate into making objects look better. For example, let’s say you’re at a Ferrari dealership. You know why that car looks so great, besides the fact that it’s a Ferrari? That’s the metal halide bulbs that have your jaw on the ground. The arc tube in an MH bulb is composed of quartz glass and contains mercury and combinations of metallic halides, which are what produces light. The arc tubes operate at very high temperatures and are under severe thermal stress. This is why either one or both ends of the tube are coated with a reflective powder designed to balance the temperature fluctuations and reduce the stress. Look for MH bulbs in warehouses, car dealerships, parking lots, and stadiums.
Now here’s where conversion bulbs come into play. Let’s say you’re using a metal halide fixture during the vegetative stage of your hydroponics grow, but you want to switch to an HPS fixture during the blooming stage. Instead of using two separate fixtures, you can just pop in a conversion bulb. Conversion bulbs offer you two big advantages. One, they save you money by being versatile enough to switch between fixtures. Two, if you’re strapped for space in your grow area, these bulbs give you the best of both worlds by not requiring two separate ballasts, but still giving you the advantages of both fixtures.
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The days of using candles or torches to light homes are long gone. Today, we simply flip the switch and light just… appears. But what happens between the time you flip the switch and the time your light bulb illuminates the room? This week, we’re headed back to the basics: how an incandescent light bulb actually works.
What’s Happening in There?
Think back to middle school science. Remember the terms “electron” and “nucleus”? Well, these two play a very important part in the science of lighting. Electrons, which are negatively charged particles moving around an atom, have different levels of energy, and are dependent on a few things, such as their speed and distance from the nucleus. Electrons have different levels of energy, and as a general rule of thumb, those with greater energy are farther away from the nucleus. The process of how atoms emit light is complex, but in simple terms, this is what happens: the atom collides with a moving particle, exciting the atom and causing an electron to jump to a higher energy level. When this occurs, the electron returns to its original energy level and releases this extra energy as a light photon.
Anatomy of a Bulb
So we’ve given you an overview of how light is emitted, but what makes up a bulb? Fortunately, incandescent light bulbs have a pretty simple make up. Look at the picture of this incandescent A19 bulb to the right. Most incandescent bulbs have a medium base, which is just a fancy way of saying the bulb screws into a fixture. Notice the coil at the top of the glass mount. This filament is typically made up of tungsten metal. While the coil itself is only about an inch long, if you were to stretch the coil out, it would be a little over six feet long. Supporting the 6-foot coil are generally about 3-5 support wires, while a gas fills the bulb. Sometimes, Krypton gas is used to extend the life of the bulb.
Electrons + Filament = Light
Now that we’ve covered how light is created and what makes up a bulb, it’s time to look at what actually happens when you flip the switch. Electricity flows from the contacts to the filament, and while the current is coursing through the wires to the filament, the electrons constantly collide into the atoms that make up the tungsten filament. Due to these constant collisions, the atoms that make up the filament vibrate (simply put, the electric current heats up the atoms), causing the bound electrons in the vibrating atoms to be temporarily boosted to higher energy levels. Once these electrons release their extra energy as photons, they return back to their original energy levels.
Keep in mind that incandescent bulbs are very energy inefficient. In fact, 80 percent of their energy is released as heat, while only the remaining 20 percent is given off as actual visible light. Want to know how something else works? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Within the confines of the 1000Bulbs.com website exist a little over 34,000 products, and of those 34,000 products are our antique bulbs. These bulbs are great replications of the bulbs used in the 19th and 20th century. We’ve put together a few of our antique bulbs that are sure to add a classic touch your home.
Edison Style: Looking for a bulb that’s true to Thomas Edison’s original bulb? Well, look no farther. The bulbs’ clear face further adds to the authenticity and warm tones, with the Tungsten filament clearly visible. The shape of these Edison style bulbs isn’t too far removed from the traditional A19 shape we have today, and they look great in antique pendant lights or in chandeliers, or in an antique lamp in study.
Antique Light Bulb Co. L4070
Decorative Chandelier: These decorative chandelier bulbs not only look just like those used in the early days, but some of these bulbs have a carbon filament inside them, reminiscent of some of the earliest bulbs produced. Providing a soft, warm glow you can’t get from a standard incandescent bulb, these bulbs are perfect in an entry way chandelier or in an antique wall sconce.
Tubular Antique Bulbs: Not that the previous types of bulbs haven’t been unique, but these tubular antique bulbs are really special. Coming with many different faces, from inside frost, to clear, to smoke, and each face gives each bulb its own unique feel. These bulbs can be used in many fixtures, from wall sconces to chandeliers, but are also great in movie theaters and themed restaurants.
Antique Light Bulb Co. L4080
Radio Style: These radio style bulbs recreate the vacuum tubes used in classic radios and mimic bulbs used in early 20th-century lighting. Available in carbon or tungsten filaments, these bulbs typically have a medium base, making them compatible with a number of fixtures and applications, ranging from pendant lights to themed restaurants.
Keep in mind, these antique bulbs aren’t designed for task lighting. Instead, they’re designed for creating, warm inviting tones, and to supplement existing light, not really for lighting your garage.