Perhaps your tree is looking a lot like the one from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Maybe you’re tired of lugging in that live tree year after year and tired of constantly sweeping up pine needles. Maybe you’re tired of refilling the water when your cats decide the Christmas tree’s water is better than their actual water. Whatever the reason, we’ve got all types of artificial Christmas trees that are sure to make spirits bright for many holidays to come.
Unlit and Pre-lit Christmas Trees: These types of trees are the staple of Christmas decorating, and offered in many different sizes, diameters, andvariations. Worried about an unevenly lit tree? Then check out our wide selection of pre-lit Christmas trees. Since pre-lit trees come with either warm white or multi-color lights, they don’t really give you the option to switch up the lights year to year. If you’re looking for that freedom, then look into our unlit Christmas trees.
Flocked and Frosted Christmas Trees: For those of you with mild winters, you know that snow is a rare occurrence. With that in mind, create your own white Christmas with our flocked and frosted trees. The branches of these trees are frosted and covered in “snow”, giving the trees a wintery look just like the outdoors. Coming in unlit and pre-lit options, these trees will bring that special Christmas feel to your home year after year.
Upside Down Christmas Trees: Yes, we have upside down Christmas trees. Just like the name suggests, these trees are, well, upside down, and come in a few different varieties. From chandelier trees to corner quarter trees, if you’re looking for a new spin on Christmas, these trees give you just that.
Palm and Tinsel Christmas Trees: These Christmas trees take “untraditional” to a whole new level. Feel like having a tropical holiday? Our pre-lit palm Christmas trees are sure to add island flair. While our palm Christmas trees will transform your living room into an island escape, our pre-lit tinsel trees will give you a more flamboyant Christmas. Made from the same material as PVC tinsel, we’ve got the colors you need for your holiday décor.
Half and Quarter Christmas Trees: Tight on space? Is accidentally knocking off ornaments from your Christmas tree getting old? Then our half trees may just be for you. Never heard of a half tree before? It’s designed to save space by lining up flush against the wall, while still giving you a tree to decorate and enjoy. The same applies for our corner trees. These tress specifically fit in the corner of a room, giving you more operating space, but still giving you a Christmas tree to enjoy.
What kind of tree are you planning to use this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
When it comes to motor vehicle safety, having top quality, high-performance lighting is of the utmost importance. Providing this type of safe and reliable lighting is EiKO, a globally recognized lighting company known for having an impressively broad selection of products. Internet retailer 1000Bulbs.com is expanding their existing partnership with EiKO to include a wide range of automotive lighting for domestic cars, motorcycles, and snowmobiles.
Founded in 1978, EiKO has built their reputation on manufacturing specialty lamps and high technology lighting for electrical, commercial, automotive, audio visual, medical, stage and studio, and photographic industries. With six strategically placed warehouses throughout the United States, EiKO ensures that products arrive to distributors, like 1000Bulbs.com, within 48 hours of purchase. Outside the U.S., EiKO has offices located in six different countries, selling their products to a global market through distributors all over the world.
1000Bulbs.com is now offering a line of EiKO’s automotive lamps such as miniature indicator lamps for vehicle interior and exterior lighting, halogen headlight capsules, sealed beam headlights, motorcycle lamps and snowmobile lamps.
This line of original automotive lighting is designed to meet or exceed the performance of each vehicle’s original lights. EiKO’s halogen headlight capsules use high-performance tungsten filaments, producing a brighter, whiter light. Miniature automotive metal-based lamps feature a nickel-plated brass base to prevent corrosion over time and guarantee reliable performance. The incandescent and halogen sealed beam lamps offer quality optics for better visibility.
In conjunction with an expanded partnership with EiKO, 1000Bulbs.com customers will soon be able to shop for EiKO automotive lighting using the 1000Bulbs.com Automotive Bulb Finder. Currently in the development stages, this bulb finder will allow customers to enter the year, make, and model of their vehicle and the appropriate automotive bulbs will be filtered to fit the customer’s specifications. In addition to making your bulb buying process simple, 1000Bulbs.com is also committed to offering quality products at affordable prices. This is why all EiKO automotive bulbs that can be found using the 1000Bulbs.com Automotive Bulb Finder, will be sold for a lower price than in local retail stores.
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.
Let’s face it. As lighting efficacy standards continue to change, traditional incandescent bulbs are struggling to keep up. While incandescent bulbs themselves are not being outlawed, they are being made to abide by the guidelines of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. This congressional mandate states that light bulbs now need to use 25 percent less energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. households could save nearly $6 billion on energy costs in the year 2015 by following these standards alone. In this post, we’ll show you why making the switch to energy-efficient lighting is worth considering and how it can save you money!
LEDs and CFLs
For over a century, incandescent light bulbs have been the go-to lighting source for household fixtures. Their inexpensive price tag and classic shape have made many people hesitant to give unfamiliar bulbs like LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) a try. However, these bulb types not only meet EISA requirements, but will produce the same amount of lumens (brightness) for less wattage and, therefore, consume less electricity.
CFLs are simply smaller versions of the fluorescent tubes you see in businesses and warehouses. Typically, a CFL uses about one-fourth of the wattage of a comparable incandescent and uses 85 percent less energy to illuminate itself. CFLs can also last up to ten times longer than a standard incandescent with a 1,000 hour lifespan. Some of you may be put off by using this twisty light in fixtures with an exposed bulb, but don’t worry! CFLs now come in a variety of shapes, including the classic A-shape of an incandescent.
LED bulbs are becoming increasingly popular for their low energy use in everything from residential lighting applications to street lighting. These lamps not only use up to 85 percent less energy, but can last anywhere from 25 to 30 years because they have no filament to burn out. Although current LEDs on the market tend to be on the pricey side, they will eventually make up for their initial cost in annual energy savings.
“How Much Money Will I Save?”
So, how much money can you save by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs? It all depends on how much your utility company charges you per Kilowatt hour (kWh) and the wattage of your bulbs. By following a simple formula, you can compare what your current bulbs and energy-saving alternatives would cost you annually.
Let’s say you have 40 light bulb sockets in your home all using 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. Let’s also assume that you use 2,000 hours of electricity from these fixtures annually and that your utility company charges you $0.11 per Kilowatt hour.
40 (Number of Bulbs) x 60 (Wattage of Bulbs) = 2400 Watts (Total Wattage)
2400 (Total Wattage) / 1000 = 2.4 Kilowatts
2.4 (Kilowatts) x 2000 (Hours of Usage Annually) = 4800 Kilowatt/Hr
4800 (Kilowatt/Hr) x $0.11 (Cost of Energy per kWh) = $528.00 per year
Now, let’s say you are planning to switch your original bulbs out with 14-watt CFL bulbs that are 60-watt incandescent equivalents. Using the same information, such as the hours of usage and the amount you are charged per Kilowatt hour, it would look something like this:
40 (Number of Bulbs) x 14 (Wattage of Bulbs) = 560 Watts
560 (Total Wattage) / 1000 = 0.56 Kilowatts
0.56 (Kilowatts) x 2000 (Hours of Usage Annually) = 1120 Kilowatt/Hr
1120 (Kilowatt/Hr) x $0.11 (Cost of Energy per kWh) = $123.20 per year
As you can see, the annual cost of running incandescent bulbs ($528) compared to an energy-efficient alternative ($123.20) can be substantial. Also, because incandescent bulbs have a much shorter life than CFLs and LEDs, replacing them will only add to your annual energy costs. While replacing all of your incandescent bulbs with these energy-savers might cost you more initially, the amount of money you save on your energy bills over time will more than make up the difference!
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It was bound to happen sooner or later. Your worst fear has come to life: there’s a broken bulb in your fixture. Your mind is bombarded with questions: What do I do? How do I fix it? Relax. We here at 1000Bulbs.com are going to show you how to remove that broken bulb. Safely, too, I might add, without requiring stitches or sending electricity coursing through your body.
Dealing with a Broken Light Bulb with Glass
Before you start handling bulbs and fixtures, make absolutely sure the electricity is turned off. Your body, more specifically your heart, doesn’t handle electricity too well. If you’re working with a lamp, unplug it, and if you’re working with a fixture, turn the power off at the circuit breaker.
Protect yourself. Wear mechanics gloves or gardening gloves, not latex gloves as the glass from the bulb will most likely cut through these types of gloves. Make sure to protect your eyes as well. Throw on some safety goggles, or if you’re fresh out of safety goggles, a nice pair of Oakley’s will do the trick.
When dealing with a broken bulb that still has glass around the base, grab the bulb as close to the base as possible. Even though you’re wearing gloves, it’s still best to avoid shards of glass ending up stuck in your gloves. Once the broken bulb is removed, simply throw it out. (Note: the above steps still apply even if you’re dealing with a CFL , but instead of throwing it away in the trash, dispose of it properly.)
What should you do if you don’t have gloves of any kind? Don’t worry. A potato will do just fine. Cut a potato in half, and carefully use one half to grab the bulb. The bulb’s glass will grip the potato, allowing you to twist the bulb out of its socket.
Dealing with a Broken Light Bulb with No Glass
You might be so fortunate as to come across a bulb that has all of the glass missing, and all that’s left is the base. Great. Thankfully, there’s a simple trick to removing the base from a fixture. Grab a pair of needle-nose pliers and open them inside the base and turn, to the left of course. You may need to tighten and retighten the bulb, sort of wiggling the base, before it comes out.
Last but not least, ensure a proper clean up. After you’ve swept up the glass, consider using the sticky side of tape to catch the finer pieces of glass that your broom missed.
That’s pretty much it. Just remember to use extreme caution when handling glass and electricity. Were there any steps we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or drop a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!