Jul 26, 13
With energy efficient lighting on the rise, people are beginning to turn to LED bulbs for their lighting needs. However, some of you may have a disregard for these bulbs due to various reasons. So, before you return your “defective” light bulbs, here are a few things you should know about them.
LEDs are directional.
Because they consist of flat chips, the light of LED bulbs generally faces one way. Some brands will focus the light outward or create with a lens that bends the light, making their LEDs omnidirectional.
There is a difference between R bulbs and PAR bulbs.
R (reflector) bulbs contain a diffuser, eliminating glare and softening the edges of the light. This makes these bulbs great for indoor use. PAR (parabolic aluminized reflector) bulbs do not have a diffuser. Instead, they are open and contain an aluminum reflector in the shape of a parabola. This allows the light to shine further and create a spotlight effect, making them perfect for outdoor use.
The LED wattage equivalent to an incandescent isn’t important.
When you see the wattage of your LED bulb equates to a particular incandescent, that number only matters when you are trying to compare energy savings. The important number to look for is the lumen output. Lumens determine the brightness of your bulb, so you want to be sure to verify that the lumen output of your new LED bulb is the same as, or close to, the lumen output of your old incandescent.
True 100W equal LED A19s do not exist… yet.
They don’t. I know what you are thinking. “I just saw a category for LED A19s on your site.” Yes, that is true; however, a standard A19 features a lumen output of 1600 lumens. LED bulbs create too much heat to allow for 1600 lumens. “But I thought LEDs don’t get hot,” you say. They do; however, they contain cooling components such as heat sinks, fans, or cooling liquids to dissipate the heat, moving it away from the light source and making the bulbs cooler than other standard bulbs. Philips has produced a 100W equal A21; however, the size can cause issues when used in task lighting as it can be too big for a lamp’s harp.
If your LED bulb fails before expected, it could be due to component malfunction, not the LED chip.
Did your bulb die before the average rated life listed on the packaging? Before you claim the bulb to be damaged, consider the fact that there are many components to an LED bulb. If one of them goes out, the chip won’t run. Another thing to consider is that the average rated life is an average amount of hours. When the bulbs were tested, 50% stayed lit through that amount of time; some went out before, and some went out after.
There is such a thing as too warm.
Be sure to check the color temperature of your LED bulb. If you end up with an LED that is 2400K or under, the light output will have a pink hue. However, if you like the color pink; LED bulbs with a low color temperature could work just fine.
Your LEDs are not faulty. Your timers and dimmers aren’t, either.
For night time lighting, many people use timers to turn their decorative LED lights on at a certain time every night and off in the morning. Some people like to create ambiance, so they use dimmers to tone down the lighting. So, what’s with the flickering and glowing? Decorative LEDs operate at a low voltage, so much so, that there is an extra amount of current that continues to leak through. The extra voltage is what keeps the lights on even after you have turned them off. To stop this voltage leak through, add a 120-volt incandescent bulb. The bulb will absorb the extra current, allowing your lights to turn off completely.
You can still buy 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
For those of you who cannot part ways with your 100-watt incandescent bulbs, do not fear! While they were “legislated out” of existence, the makers of your favorite bulbs have found a way around the legislation, allowing them to continue making the 100-watt bulbs. They have started making them with an additional filament support; which, in turn, classifies them as “rough service,” making them exempt from the legislation.
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Jul 12, 13
As decorative lighting is part of our overall home decor, it is important to make sure we have the best bulbs in our fixtures. Here are the top ten decorative light bulbs on our site, each with their own characteristics that make them great.
Gold Swirl B11 Antique Bulb
This B11 gold swirl antique light bulb creates a warm glow, reminiscent of 20th century lighting. It is made of gold frosted amber glass with a hand-wound tungsten filament inside of it, magnifying its vintage appeal. The intricate design of the lamp allows the bulb to be shown, adding distinction to your decorative light fixtures. Because it operates at 20 watts, this antique bulb creates a soothing light, ideal for night time lighting!
Golden Smoke Flame CA11 Antique Bulb
Bring a rich ambiance to your interior design with the 12.5-watt CA11 golden smoke flame antique bulb! The decorative incandescent lamp is created from hand-blown amber glass and has a bent tip that sits on top of it, enhancing the lamp’s candle-like appearance. The candelabra base and gold frost finish make this bulb perfect for decorative chandeliers. For a romantic atmosphere, try this golden smoke vintage bulb!
Also available: 20-watt Golden Smoke Flame Antique Bulb
A Different Kind of White
Satco S3369 F15 Aurora Colored Glass
Satco S3369 F15 Aurora Colored Glass
With aurora colored glass, the Satco S3369 F15 bulb adds sparkle to your chandelier. The decorative incandescent lamp operates at 40 watts and is rated for an average of 1,500 hours. It features a medium (E26) base, offering you the freedom to use it in a variety of lighting applications. Give your chandelier the stunning touch it needs with this aurora-finished lamp!
Bulbrite 411006 S6 Silicone Tip
If you want something unique, try the Bulbrite 411006 S6 frosted silicone tip bulb! The bulb has a flame-like appearance, adding a dramatic effect to your hall lighting. It operates at 6 watts with a life expectancy of 1,500 hours. The silicone covering makes the bulb shatter-resistant, assuring the bulb’s durability. With a distinctive appearance, this candelabra lamp is perfect for your decorative lighting needs!
The Top LEDs
Archipelago Dimmable LED CA10 Decorative Torpedo
Archipelago Dimmable LED CA10 Decorative Torpedo
Starting at only $9.98, the 3-watt Archipelago decorative torpedo is an ideal choice for high chandeliers and sconces. The long life makes it perfect for hard to reach fixtures, as less maintenance is required. This driverless, bent tip LED bulb has a candelabra base and replaces a 25-watt incandescent lamp. Give your decorative lighting a longer life with this decorative LED torpedo bulb!
Archipelago Dimmable LED G16.5
If you prefer decorative globes to torpedo bulbs, try this Archipelago G16.5 LED globe! Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, the 3-watt globe has a 2700K color temperature and replaces a 25-watt incandescent. It has a long life of 50,000 hours and is CSA listed for use in wet locations (enclosed fixtures only). Whether it’s used in a hall chandelier or an outdoor lantern, this decorative globe is sure to give off a beautiful white light throughout its lifetime!
A Touch of Color
Bulbrite 410303 Clear CA5 with Flicker Flame
Bulbrite 410303 Clear CA5 with Flicker Flame
The Bulbrite 410303 CA5 flicker flame bulb imitates the flicker of a real flame. Operating at 130 volts, the decorative incandescent lamp has a rated life of 2,500 hours and features a candelabra base. The bulb can be used indoors or out, adding ambiance to your decorative lighting. For an authentic look in your sconce, lantern, or chandelier, try the Bulbrite flicker flame lamp!
Satco S3243 Petite CA5 Frost/Yellow Tip
Embellished with a yellow tip, the Satco S3243 petite CA5 frosted bulb is brings a splash of color to its surroundings. The bent tip bulb has a brass candelabra base and is rated for a 1,500 hour life. Add a colorful and nostalgic touch to your decor with this Satco yellow tip bulb!
For other colors, be sure to visit our colored decorative bulbs category!
TCP 10714C-51K Torpedo CFL
If CFL bulbs are your preferred choice for lighting, this TCP 10714C-51K torpedo CFL bulb is the way to go! Great for indoor and outdoor use, it operates at 14 watts and has an average life of 8,000 hours. The 5100K color temperature creates a bright, white light, equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent lamp. With a candelabra base, this lamp is perfect for chandeliers, lanterns, and more!
TCP 1G2004C Globe G20 CFL
TCP 1G2004C Globe G20 CFL
Part of the InstaBright family, the 4-watt TCP 1G2004C G20 CFL globe bulb is a wonderful replacement for 25-watt incandescent lamps. The 2700K bulb reaches full brightness faster than other CFLs, enhancing its overall performance. For a bright, energy efficient lighting option, choose the TCP CFL G20 globe!
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Jun 28, 13
New to 1000Bulbs.com, the Uttermost Co. features an eclectic product line with a variety of products suited to different styles. The company prides itself in making quality home accessories at a reasonable price. From elegant to industrial, simple to whimsical, the Uttermost line of products has something for everyone. Products featured in the picture include the Uttermost 71018-8 Bermuda wool rug, the Uttermost 23051 wing chair, and the Uttermost 26337-1 crystal leaf table lamp.
The UL listed Uttermost lighting line has fixtures for every room in your home. Each lamp, pendant, chandelier, and sconce has been hand leafed in either gold or silver with layers of glazes and stains. While the fixtures are handcrafted, they are designed to be paired with the Uttermost mirrors and wall art, using the same finishes to help you coordinate matching sets for your different rooms. Looking for something funky? Check out the Uttermost 26293 tiger stripe table lamp or if you want something more traditional, try the Uttermost 26292 distressed table lamp.
Designed for functionality and style, the Uttermost furniture line features a wonderful selection of chairs, tables, benches, and shelves. Each piece of furniture is finished by hand, giving you a uniquely crafted work of art for your living room, game room, or foyer. If you are interested in something playful, try the Uttermost 24168 Dice accent table or the Uttermost 23605 small cow print bench.
Uttermost 32234 Proud Papa Painting
With a variety of designs, Uttermost has a beautiful line of decorative home accents for you to choose from. Some of the most popular pieces include the Uttermost mirrors and wall art. Hand-finished so no two pieces are alike, the mirrors and wall art are both visually stunning and remarkably unique, enhancing any room with your personal style. Along with the mirrors and art, the Timeworks decorative clocks add a captivating appeal, combining a timeworn finish with modern designs. For a rustic addition, try the Uttermost 06664 rustic wall clock, or for something more unique, check out the Uttermost 12793 adjoined circle wall mirror.
Hand-tufted or hand-knotted, you will be sure to find the perfect rug in the Uttermost collection of rugs. The rug collection contains a variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to find the ideal choice for your bedroom or living room. Want a rug that is neutral, yet still has a fashionable look? Try the Uttermost 71023-9 Devonshire wool rug. For something that is a tad simpler, check out the Uttermost 73018-5 Danube hand tufted viscose rug or the Uttermost 71000-5 Barhara hand woven reversible rug.
Uttermost has wide selection of gorgeous home decor. With something for everyone, it’s impossible not to find something you will absolutely love. If you are interested in more information regarding Uttermost products, leave a note in the comments, or write us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!
Jun 21, 13
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter (if you don’t then you definitely should), you’ll know that we wanted to hear your lighting questions. Well, you talked and we listened. Below, you’ll find a few questions that we picked and answered.
“What’s the safest and easiest way to install driveway lighting?” – Kelli Erholm
We sell hundreds of items to accent your driveway, from rope lights, to landscape bullets, even pathway lights. Want to add a little peace of mind with security lights? We sell those, too. How about adding a touch of sophistication and safety to the steps leading up to your house? Check out our step lights. Even though we provide an extensive amount of bulbs and fixtures at the best prices around, we do not install those bulbs or fixtures. For the safest and easiest way to install driveway lighting, seek the services of a lighting professional.
“Why does it take the energy efficient bulbs so long to get to their maximum lighting potential?” – Penny Jo Eishen Luna
Great question here, Penny. The answer is not such an easy one and is quite technical, actually. Let me first start by saying that LED (light emitting diode) bulbs have virtually no start up time, and the warm up time you speak of primarily exists within the realm of compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. So why does it take CFLs so long to warm up? The short answer: it takes time for the electrical current to heat up the cathodes (filament) to their full brightness. It should be noted, however, that not all CFLs take a frustratingly long time to heat up. Take this 14-watt CFL bulb from TCP for example. This bulb features “insta brite” technology, which brings the bulb to its full brightness, well, instantly.
“Still looking for a cost-effective replacement (hopefully LED) for the 4-foot fluorescent ceiling fixtures.” – Daniel Meyer
Not really a question, but still interesting nonetheless. Well, Daniel, we will carry Plusrite LED replacement tubes to replace the 4-foot fluorescents you were asking about and expect these to arrive sometime in July. However, these aren’t meant for residential use and are recommended for professional installation only, as these bulbs can be dangerous if installed improperly and present challenges such as shunted vs. unshunted tombstones and ballast compatibility. Also, these lamps are directional and aim the light downward, so these are not direct replacements for some standard fluorescent fixtures. However, LED technology is progressing on a daily basis, so it shouldn’t be too long before there’s a residential LED tube.
“How can we realistically compare the color and brightness of CFLs in real world examples?” – Bobby Gwiazdzinski
Well, Bobby, the question you’re asking has to do mainly with color temperature and lumens, both of which are explained in detail in an earlier blog post. However, you would compare different CFLs by these qualities in two ways. First, color temperature. Bulbs with a color temperature of 2700K have a warm white color to them, similar to that of standard incandescents, while bulbs with a higher color temperature have a whiter light, like daylight. Secondly, lumens. The higher the lumen output of a bulb, the brighter the bulb. So as far as comparing is concerned, that’s really a matter of opinion. Find a few bulbs that you want to try, test them out, and see which you like best. If you’re using a 60-watt incandescent, check out this 13-watt CFL.
“How can you tell what kind of light output you get from a fluorescent bulb?” – Assunta Sue Nigro Galeno
Excellent question here, Assunta. If you’re talking about lumens, consider looking into purchasing this light meter. The light meter allows you to test the intensity of light coming from a bulb, which will help you determine if you have too much light or not enough. Now, this particular meter is used to measure the intensity of light coming from grow light reflectors, but it’ll still work for your purposes.
We thank you for submitting your questions. We enjoyed reading all of them and responding to them. If you have any more lighting questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus accounts!
Troy Lighting Arcadia Vanity
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s the first place you go when you wake up, and the last place you see before you go to bed (aside from your bedroom, of course). It’s also one of the rooms sure to be visited by guests. As one of the most frequented rooms in your home, you want to be sure that the bathroom has a comfortable feel with great lighting. Here are some stunning designer lighting collections to beautify your bathroom.
Kendo Collection by Troy Lighting
This remarkable Kendo collection of bathroom sconces is inspired by the Japanese martial art of Kendo. The Troy B2763 large bathroom sconce features three light fixtures with opal glass shades. They sit on top of wrought iron, sword-like horizontal bars with a bronze finish. This Asian-inspired vanity light creates a soothing ambiance and is perfect to mount above a vanity mirror. Add the Troy B2761 single light fixture for a perfect set!
See Also: Troy B2762 Medium 2-Light Sconce
Winston Collection by Hudson Valley Lighting
Hudson Valley Aged Brass Vanity Light
Vintage in appearance, the sconces from the Winston Collection add a unique twist to your bathroom lighting. The Hudson Valley 880-AGB vanity light features a single light fixture, complemented by an aged brass finish. The wall plate is adorned with five circular elements, adding intricacy to its design. Pair two on both sides of the vanity, or stagger three between two his and hers framed mirrors.
See Also: Hudson Valley 880-PN Polished Nickel Vanity Light
Plateau Collection by Kenroy Home
With an elegant and simple appearance, the Plateau collection of bathroom sconces brings an ambient glow to your vanity. The Kenroy Home 03375 vanity light will add sleek geometric forms to your vanity and is distinctively designed to be placed with the shades up or down. This four-light fixture has an oil-rubbed bronze finish with amber marble glass shades, a contrast that enhances the aura the light gives off.
See Also: Kenroy Home 03373 Small 2-Light Sconce, Kenroy Home 03374 Medium 3-Light Sconce
Troy Raffia 4-Light Vanity
Raffia Collection by Troy Lighting
Bring tranquility to your bathroom with the Raffia Collection! The Troy B2204WB bathroom wall sconce features four candle-like fixtures with wheat glass shades, encompassed with a sheer raffia shade to soften the light. A wrought iron mounting with a weathered bark finish keeps the fixtures in place. For soothing, yet appealing bathroom lighting, try the Troy Lighting Raffia collection!
See Also: Troy B2202WB Small 2-Light Sconce, Troy B2203WB Medium 3-Light Sconce
Interested in other vanity lights? Let us know in the comments, or send us a note of Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!
May 31, 13
There’s something enchanting about antiques. Perhaps, it is their value, or maybe it is the way they carry history with them. It could even be the way they are reminiscent of those summers at grandma’s house. Many people love to put vintage decor in their homes, adding an antiquated touch to different rooms. While it is fun to add distinction to a home, it can sometimes be stressful finding the perfect piece of decor to complement the rest of the room. Here are a few things we carry that can enhance that timeworn finish you desire.
Vintage Light Fixtures
Of course! We have plenty of antique lamps, sconces, and pendants for you to choose from. With a wide variety of colors and styles modeled after the early 20th century, the possibilities are endless. From industrial wire cage pendants to vintage pharmacy lamps, we have plenty of fixtures that are suited to fit you. Pair a saucer shade wall sconce with an iron desk lamp, or create a matching set of wire cage pendants and sconces. Add the Uttermost decorative glass jugs to complement the archaic look.
Vintage Model Cars, Boats, and Planes
Some of the timeless classics that children enjoyed long ago are being brought back to life through the Authentic Models reproductions of flight models, model cars, and model ships and boats. The handcrafted reproductions are made with authentic materials such as wood, leather, and aluminum, magnifying the extraordinary exquisiteness of these beautiful pieces. These vintage models add a nostalgic, yet refined charm to any room.
Vintage Board Games
Venetian Tic Tac Toe
From dominoes to marbles to tops and more, our new collection of Authentic Models’ board games is sure to bring a classic elegance to your home. Crafted of authentic materials, these vintage board games are reminiscent of childhood games, but come with a mature, new finish, adding a sophisticated appeal to a den or office. Try your hand at Venetian Tic Tac Toe, or entertain with the sleek portable roulette board. What were once a thing of the past, are now a thing of the present with these vintage games.
Let’s not forget that with your antique style, you will need antique light bulbs for a complete look! We have plenty of bulb shapes and wattages to embellish the antiquated appearance you are trying to achieve. Whether you are interested in buying your fixtures already made, or interested in making your own, we have plenty of fixtures, supplies, and decorative accents to help you achieve your vintage design.
If you have used any of our products to make an antique design, tell us how it came out in the comments or send us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!