Is Artificial Light Ruining Your Sleep?

Apr 18, 14 Is Artificial Light Ruining Your Sleep?

If you’ve been waking up tired or groggy, the reason could be beyond not being “a morning person.” After eliminating medical reasons, you may want to examine your pre-sleep exposure to certain types of light. Consider a few questions: Do you have bright, cool lighting in your bedroom?  Do you sleep with your TV on? Are you on your computer or tablet within a few hours before going to bed? If you answered “yes” to any of these inquiries, you already know where this is going. But how can these factors cause poor sleep? Let me explain.

The Circadian Rhythm and Blue Light

Most people have at least heard of the concept of a circadian rhythm. For those who haven’t, it’s our internal clock: a 24-hour cycle of biological, mental, and physiological processes. These processes include cognitive performance, mood, and most importantly here, sleep and wakefulness. Although circadian rhythms are hardwired into our nature, external cues called “zeitgebers” can alter these rhythms. Temperature, medicines or drugs, exercise, eating and drinking patterns, as well as light are all zietgebers.

daylightWithout question, light is the zietgeber with the biggest impact on our sleep cycle. This is because for millions of years, before anyone could even fathom the idea of a light bulb, the light/dark cycle of the earth was the way by which we lived our lives. We had to hunt and be active during the day (when we could see everything) and sleep by night when we could not. Throughout our evolutionary development, being alert and awake during the daytime was how we survived, and this notion gradually became part of our natural instincts.

Fast forward to today – a world with the advent of the light bulb. As it turns out, not only natural daylight has the ability to affect our sleeping patterns. Studies have shown that artificial sources can have a significant impact on our sleep as well – more specifically, sources that emit light in the same hue as middle-of-the-day sunlight.

Yellow-orange light (left) Neutral light (center) Blue light (right)

Yellow-orange light (left) Neutral light (center) Blue light (right)

So, what is the hue of midday sunlight? It is blue light in the color temperature spectrum of 5000K and above. Some overhead light sources, along with your televisions, laptops, and phone screens, emit light in this spectrum. Remember, for millions of years blue light meant daylight – not an episode of The Tonight Show or a game of Angry Birds. Although our conscious minds know the difference, our bodies and biological clocks don’t – so when we turn on bright, cool lights or use our electrical devices late into the night, the blue light from these sources triggers our mental alertness, making it harder for our bodies to fall asleep.

On a chemical level, blue light has come to regulate our secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone. When we are exposed to blue light, we limit the production of melatonin and stay alert and awake. When we are not, our melatonin production rises, and it becomes easier to sleep. 

How To Mitigate Blue Light

You may be thinking “Yes – I have been exposing myself to blue light at night. Other than going to bed earlier, what can I do to achieve better sleep?” No worries – we’ve compiled a few pointers.

  • Use Lights with a Warm Color Temperature (2700K-3000K)
    Evocative of the dim glow of fire, orange-yellow light tends to have a calming effect and does not interfere with melatonin production. These characteristics make warm light the best kind of lighting for your bedroom, especially when you’re laying down to catch some Zzzs.
  • Dim Your Lights
    Lowering your light level can also help. Using a light switch dimmer would be ideal, but if you don’t have a dimmer, you could simply turn off your main light source and use a lamp instead. If you’re watching TV or using some another electronic device before bed, dim the screen down to lessen the effects of the light.
  • Limit Electronics Usage before Bed
    Turning off your television or laptop (and consequently removing the barrage of blue light from your eyes) about an hour or two before bed will give your body some time to get back into sleep mode.
  • Expose Yourself to Plenty of Natural Blue Light during the Day
    This will help normalize your sleep cycle – it works both ways!

Of course, we’re not suggesting that blue light is all bad: it has its perks, too. In a previous article, we discussed how cool blue light can be ideal in classrooms or workplaces due to its energizing nature. We’re merely suggesting it stay out of the bedroom at night – where it doesn’t belong.

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T8 LED Bulbs Now Available at 1000Bulbs.com for Low Prices

Feb 27, 14 T8 LED Bulbs Now Available at 1000Bulbs.com for Low Prices

As the developments in LED technology continue to grow, so does the need for affordable, energy-efficient lighting. Wanting to provide LED lighting that is both high-quality and low-cost, Internet retailer,1000Bulbs.com is now offering 4-foot retrofit T8 LED bulbs at low prices from trusted brands including ETi, Green Creative, PlusRite, Precision Lighting, and SunSun Lighting.

While many consumers expect LED lamps to cost upwards of $30, 1000Bulbs.com is offering T8 LED bulbs for low prices ranging from $19.99 to $29.99. With rated lifetimes of up to 50,000 hours, these T8 LED tubes will drastically cut maintenance costs by eliminating the need for frequent lamp replacement. In addition to being long-lasting, the T8 LED tubes will maintain their quality of light. Customers can expect to see no more than 25 percent lumen degradation over the course of the rated lifetime of a T8 LED sold by 1000Bulbs.com.

T8 LED Bulbs, T8 LED Tubes, great for the office.

T8 LED Bulbs

Not only will these T8 LED tubes significantly reduce maintenance costs, they will also help save money on energy bills. While a T8 fluorescent tube consumes about 32 watts of energy, T8 LED tubes cut that amount by almost half, using only 18 watts of energy. Not only do LEDs operate on less energy, they also produce half the heat for the same amount of light as fluorescent equivalents. As light fixtures produce less heat, home and business owners will be spending less on the heating and air-conditioning portion of their energy bill.

The minimal energy consumption, low cost, and long rated life of these T8 LEDs means that consumers will quickly see a return on their investment. According to the 1000Bulbs.com Energy Savings Calculator, customers can expect to make up the cost of an 18-watt T8 LED lamp in approximately 28 months and save up to $77 in maintenance and energy costs over the life of the lamp.

Available in color temperatures ranging from warm white (3000K) to stark white (5000K), these T8 LEDs are able to provide the same color temperatures as fluorescent T8 lamps. LED T8 tubes cannot be directly installed and do not require a ballast in order to operate. This eliminates ballast compatibility issues as well as maintenance costs that come from running off direct line voltage. In the near future, 1000Bulbs.com will offer 2-foot and 4-foot T8 LED tubes that can be directly installed, providing quicker installation without the need for a licensed electrician.

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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1000Bulbs.com
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Which Bulbs Are Exempt from the Light Bulb Ban?

Jan 08, 14 Which Bulbs Are Exempt from the Light Bulb Ban?

Now that the collective freak-out over 100-, 75-, 60-, and 40-watt general service incandescent light bulbs being banned by the EISA has started to dissipate, it seems that many have been left wondering if the ban includes all incandescent bulbs. Thanks to some of your feedback, we’ve realized that many people aren’t aware which types of incandescent bulbs are exceptions to the new rules.

First, according to Section 321 of the EISA, the only type of incandescent bulb that may no longer be manufactured is one that’s intended for general service applications, has a medium screw base (E26), emits between 310 and 2,600 lumens, and operates in the range of 110 and 130 volts. These general service bulbs can still be bought. However, as 1000Bulbs.com CEO Kim Pederson mentioned in an interview with NBC, they are selling fast. Below is a full list of incandescent bulbs with plenty of stock that will continue to be produced in 2014 and beyond.

Appliance bulbs – Any bulb that is designed for household appliances such as an oven, refrigerator, microwave, etc. is exempt. Appliance bulbs usually operate at 40 watts or less and are designated and labeled for a specific application. However, many brands have already begun replacing incandescent appliance lamps with LEDs in newer models.

candelabra bulbs

Satco A3682 25W Candelabra Bulb

Candelabra bulbs – Have no fear! The skinny, flame-shaped bulbs you use in your chandeliers and wall sconces are exempt as long as they consume 60 watts or less. Candelabra bulbs have smaller screw-in bases, usually classified as E12 or E11, and are also available in LED options.

Rough service bulbs – If you just can’t let go of the standard A-shape of the incandescent bulb, you’re in luck. Rough service bulbs look and work exactly the same as the banned general service bulbs; the only difference is that they include a few extra filament supports and are intended for use in heavy-duty applications in industrial environments. These exempt bulbs are available in a variety of wattages and are an almost identical replacement for traditional incandescents.

Bulbrite 75W Black Light

Bulbrite 106975 75W Black Light

Bug lamps, black lights, and colored bulbs – Good news: You can still use incandescent black lights and colored bulbs to light those awesome Halloween parties you have every year. Yellow incandescent bug lamps use a special coating to block wavelengths that attract bugs so you won’t be swarmed by flying insects every time you have friends over for a nighttime backyard barbecue. Bug lamps typically have heavy-duty filaments that make them last longer in outdoor environments.

Reflector lamps – While there are exempt incandescent reflector lamps, they still have to abide by a few guidelines. The reflector lamps not affected by the light bulb ban are as follows:

  • BR30, BR40 and ER40 lamps rated at 65 watts (including 65BR30 and 65BR40)
  • ER30, BR30, BR40, and ER40 lamps rated at 50 watts or less
  • R20 lamps rated at 45 watts or less

More exempt light bulbs:

  • 3-way bulbs
  • Antique Edison bulbs
  • Silver bowl light bulbs
  • Shatter-resistant lamps (includes shatter-proof and shatter-protected lamps)
  • Showcase lamps
  • Traffic signal lamps
  • Plant grow lights
  • Vibration service lamps that use a maximum of 60 watts
  • Marine lamps
  • Marine’s navigation lamps
  • Mine service lamps
  • G-shaped bulbs with a diameter of 5 inches or more
  • T-shaped bulbs that use no more than 40 watts and are longer than 10 inches
  • B, BA, CA, F, G16-1/2, G-25, G-30, M-14, or S lamps using 40 watts or less

 

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1000Bulbs.com Expert Clarification on EISA Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

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As the New Year quickly approaches, the start of the last phase-out of incandescent light bulbs is also drawing nearer. Beginning January 1, 2014, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce the same 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, commonly used for residential applications such as floor lamps, table lamps, and track lighting. Although these restrictions were put in place to push consumers toward more energy-efficient lighting solutions, retailers like 1000Bulbs.com will continue to sell the incandescent light bulb.

In December of 2007, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), also known as the “Energy Bill.” Among other government mandates that aim to cut down the country’s energy consumption, the EISA of 2007 orders that a light bulb meet certain efficiency requirements in order to be produced and sold by manufacturers. Under this new law, incandescent screw-based bulbs must have a comparable lumen output, or brightness, while using less wattage, or energy. Bulbs must also be 60 to 70 percent more efficient than present incandescent light bulbs.

The light bulb laws of the EISA first began to take effect in January 2012, when 100-watt incandescent, screw-base bulbs could no longer be produced as inefficiently as they had been. The following year, in January 2013, 75-watt incandescent bulbs also began their phase-out. Starting January 1, 2014, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs that do not meet the new efficiency standards.

There are many myths associated with the light bulb ban. One of these myths is that incandescent bulbs are disappearing from the marketplace forever; this is untrue. Although light bulb manufacturers will cease production of incandescent light bulbs that fail to meet the new efficacy standards imposed by the EISA, customers should not be worried about finding them after the New Year. These banned bulbs will still be available for sale through retailers, such as 1000Bulbs.com, for six months to a year, or until all existing inventory has been sold. This means that customers will still be able to stock up on remaining incandescent bulbs for quite some time after production has stopped.

In addition, 1000Bulbs.com will still be working with manufacturers to continue to produce incandescent lighting. By adding extra supports around the filament, the incandescent bulb will fall under the category of “rough service.” Working in the same way as traditional incandescents, these sturdier rough service bulbs have a similarly inexpensive price tag and will be available in all wattages. Whereas brick-and-mortar businesses will stop re-ordering incandescent light bulbs after the New Year, 1000Bulbs.com will continue to provide the incandescent bulbs that consumers have become accustomed to using in their household fixtures.

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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. Follow @1000Bulbs on Twitter for the latest company announcements.

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1000Bulbs.com Honored by Dallas 100 Award from SMU Cox School of Business

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For the seventh consecutive year, internet lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com has been honored by the Dallas 100™ Awards, placing 44th amongst 100 of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the Dallas area for the year 2013. Co-founded in 1990 by the SMU Cox School of Business and the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Dallas 100 Awards are now in their twenty-third year of recognizing the growth of independent companies and the entrepreneurs behind them.

In order to qualify for the Dallas 100, a company must meet criteria based on a number of factors such as legal status, location, sales history, credit report, and character. The guidelines for this year’s awards are as follows:

  •     Are independent, privately held corporations, proprietorships or partnerships (not subsidiaries or divisions of a parent company) as of May 1, 2013. Must have at least 3 years history and not be a non-profit organization,
  •     Be headquartered in the Dallas Metroplex area,
  •     Have sales of more than $500,000, but less than $75 million in fiscal year 2010,
  •     Have a three-year sales history which reflects growth during the three-year sales period, and
  •     Have a credit report and character satisfactory to the Dallas 100, determined at the sole discretion of the Dallas 100.

Founded in 1995 as Service Lighting and Electrical Supplies by CEO Kim Pedersen, 1000Bulbs.com now has one of the largest selections of lighting products in the country. Having recently expanded to include home décor lighting, designer furniture, antique model replicas, automotive lighting, and hydroponic supplies, 1000Bulbs.com now has over 30,000 products on its website. “We’ve come a long ways, but have much further to go,” says Pedersen. “We’re consistently striving for the best experience for our customers and not resting on just being a good retailer.”

Since first being recognized by the Dallas 100 Awards in 2007, 1000Bulbs.com has increased its annual sales by 83 percent, continuing to establish itself as an influential force in the retail lighting industry. Now employing over 200 workers, 1000Bulbs.com occupies more than 220,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in Garland, Texas.

About 1000Bulbs.com:

1000Bulbs 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.

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Paul Coppage
1000Bulbs.com
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1000Bulbs.com Launches Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Early

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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.

Feel free to leave a comment or reach out to us on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus!

Contact:
Paul Coppage
1000Bulbs.com
972-288-2277 Ext: 157
pcoppage(at)1000bulbs(dot)com

 

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