Sep 17, 14
LED light bulbs have been on the market for years and despite their many benefits, many have resisted making the switch. For some, price was the biggest thing them back and when you’re used to buying incandescent bulbs for around a dollar and then have to spend over $15 to get the latest and greatest technology there is a lot of room for pause. Over time this issue has been addressed with many standard shaped LED bulbs on the market for well under $10.
Another critique of household LED lighting has been the design. Early LED bulb manufacturers wanted to infuse the futuristic concept into the design hoping that it would capture attention and that sales would follow. While several of these lamps gained traction, there was something missing and it was the look and feel of a traditional incandescent bulb. Recent introductions in the market have address this with a shape and base which comes close but they were missing a very important aspect.
The lens of the bulbs are frosted instead of clear so that the internal parts so the focus is on the light being emitted instead of the components inside. This all changes with the introduction of LED filament bulbs. The lens is clear and what you see are filaments that look very similar to bulbs people have been purchasing for decades. Filament LED light bulbs not only open the door to clear standard shaped LED lighting but there is another benefit which is an increase in efficacy.
Efficacy can best be understood in terms of lumens per watt. A traditional incandescent 40 watt bulb usually have 200 – 300 lumens which is only 4 – 8 lumens per watt. A comparable 40 watt equal LED filament bulb only uses 4 watts and has an output of 310 lumens which translates into 65 lumens per watt – a tremendous improvement. With prices starting around $10, these bulbs allow consumers to decide if they are ready to invest in LED lighting without having to make the compromises other standard shaped LED bulbs ask for in terms of the price and design.
This marks a tremendous advancement in lighting and opens the door for more changes to come in the future. Stay tuned for further updates and share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.
Jul 30, 14
For many people, it would be difficult to imagine living in a world where artificial light does not exist. Since the invention of light bulbs in 1879, the use of artificial light sources in everything from street lamps to table lamps has become a major part of the way we live our lives. While man-made light serves many important purposes, specifically in regards to public safety and technological advances, excessive and improper use of it has led to light pollution. The negative consequences of light pollution are many, but there are ways they can be prevented.
Jul 07, 14
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.
Jun 12, 14
In an effort to educate clients and customers about LED lighting as it continues to become a prominent force in the lighting industry, Internet retailer 1000Bulbs.com has released an educational document titled “Understanding LED Drivers.” Written in collaboration with and approved by experts in the field of lighting, this 1000Bulbs.com original document provides a detailed overview of LED driver technology.
Apr 25, 14
It can be scary moving to a new house or apartment, particularly if the establishment is old to the neighborhood. Sometimes the doors creak a little more than you’re used to, or the cabinets don’t shut all the way, or the appliances fail to operate correctly. When I first moved to my new/old apartment, I faced all of these minor annoyances. However, none were as alarming as one peculiar phenomenon: every time I used my microwave, the lights would flicker and dim down until my food was done cooking. While my meal was always properly warmed and the lights always went back to normal, it was still a little unsettling. Was this indicative of some larger problem? Below, we’ll review the cause of my situation, as well as some other common reasons house lights go dim (other than your light dimmer switch, of course!).
Apr 18, 14
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.