Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Jul 25, 14 Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Although incandescent light bulbs typically have lifespans from 1,000 to 3,000 hours, many people have light fixtures in their home that burn through bulbs at a much faster rate. If you’ve had to replace light bulbs in the same fixtures time and time again, this week’s entry is for you. While burned out bulbs are sometimes the fault of defective products, often this blame is misplaced. Why not rule out other causes and possibly save yourself the expense of a new light? Below are a few common reasons light bulbs routinely burn out.

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10 LED Lighting Terms: Explained

Jul 21, 14 10 LED Lighting Terms: Explained

We’ve covered standard lighting terms before, but LEDs have a set of terms of their own.  The barrage of foreign jargon and acronyms on LED data sheets can leave a lot of people floundering between numbers and flashy buzz-words they aren’t used to.  So here’s a short list of 10 important industry terms and what they mean to help you make a more informed decision when you’re picking out your next LED light bulb.

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Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Jul 18, 14 Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Metal halide (MH) bulbs are a popular type of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp. Metal halide bulbs emit very powerful, bright white light and generally have a higher color-rendering index (CRI) than other HIDs. They can be used either indoors or outdoors but are best used in applications that take advantage of their energy efficiency and high CRIs, such as parking lots, sports game lighting and automotive headlamps. There are many kinds of metal halide bulbs, along with many industry terms that may make it difficult to select the bulb you need. That’s why in this week’s entry, we define and discuss some important factors you should consider when purchasing a new HID metal halide light bulb.

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Christmas in July Giveaway

Jul 11, 14 Christmas in July Giveaway

1000Bulbs.com is proud to announce its “Christmas in July Giveaway” contest, set to begin today, July 11th and end at midnight on July 31st. Our grand prize includes four boxes of 35 clear LED Christmas lights, one box of 35 Multicolored LED Christmas Lights, two boxes of 175 multicolored garland lights, 150 multi chasing Christmas lights, 8 circular peppermint ornaments; 3 shatter proof ornaments and 3 snow blankets! This is our biggest prize yet, so don’t miss out!

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Advantages of LED Christmas Lights

Jul 11, 14 Advantages of LED Christmas Lights

With Christmas in July promotions in full swing, now is an opportune time to purchase LED Christmas lights. But why should you use LED Christmas lights as opposed to traditional lights? For starters, one of the best times to take advantage of LED savings is over the holidays. Leaving regular Christmas lights on for 10 hours a night over 2-3 months can cause your energy usage, and thus your electricity bill, to noticeably rise. However, LED Christmas lights demand far less electricity than incandescent lights—up to 33% less, according to Consumer Reports. But LED Christmas lights not only use less energy and cost less money; they also offer several other advantages over their incandescent predecessors. So let’s take a look at the reasons why you should upgrade your Christmas lights to LED this holiday season.

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Light Bulb Ban: The Late Great T8 700 Series

Jul 07, 14 Light Bulb Ban: The Late Great T8 700 Series

This past January, EISA brought us the final phase out of 60-watt incandescent bulbs. But two years ago, the phase out program removed some halogen PAR lamps, T12 linear fluorescent lamps, as well as some less popular 2-ft. and 4-ft. T8s. The T8 700 series fluorescent lamps were just shy of the chopping block on the previous phase out, but were given a two-year extension.  On July 14th, 2014, all T8 700 series fluorescent lamps will fail to meet the new minimum energy ratings and will no longer be produced.  The new ratings increased the minimum allowable values for lumen efficacy (lumens-per-watt), wattage, and minimum color rendering for each lamp.  The 700 series of fluorescent T8s has terrible color rendering (averaging in the low 70s) while the newer 800 and 900 series of lamps deliver more vibrant color saturation at CRI levels of 80-85.

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