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.
Feb 27, 14
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.
Jan 08, 14
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.