How to Choose Lighting for Paint Colors

Jan 22, 14 How to Choose Lighting for Paint Colors

So, you’ve just finished painting your bathroom the perfect shade of light blue that took you weeks to decide on. Washed in natural light, your bathroom looks like a calming seaside oasis. But when you turn the lights on at night, it completely loses its soothing affect. Why? Chances are the lighting you currently have installed is all wrong for your new paint colors.

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Lighting Updates to Make Before Selling Your Home

Jan 17, 14 Lighting Updates to Make Before Selling Your Home

It’s been said that “a room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world.” We would have to agree. Having stylish décor and a great floor plan is one thing, but not having the right lighting to show it off can render it null and void. This is why, when you’re in the market to sell your home, it’s important to make any necessary lighting renovations that may help seal the deal. Not only will having a well-lit home make your space look more appealing, but potential buyers will be glad about not having to make these lighting updates themselves. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home any time soon, making these updates now could help increase your home’s value in the future. Below are a few lighting upgrades that may help you sell your home.

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Lavish Lamps: A Quick-Tip Guide to Table Lamps

There was once a time when table lamps were simply a way to light a room. Now, not only do they make for great task lighting; they also create a sense of comfort and add to the inspired look of the rooms they are placed in. At 1000Bulbs.com, we have a great collection of lamps with different designs and color schemes for you to add to your decor. Here are a few table lamps that can enhance the look and feel of the unique style of your home.

 

For an Elegant Appearance

Bling your home with one of these radiant lamps. Ideal for living room and bed side tables, these lamps are sure to bring a sparkle to any room they are placed in!

Uttermost 26894 Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Uttermost 26894 Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Arteriors 49629-868 – Shimmering Glass Table Lamp

Uttermost 26894 – Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20118BS – Elegant Table Lamp

Uttermost 26440 – Dark Ceramic Table Lamp

Uttermost 26987 – Modern Table Lamp

 

 

For a Nature Inspired Ambiance

Add an extra touch of nature to your living room or den with one of these nature inspired lamps. These lamps have a rustic simplicity and are made of natural material like wood, sand stone, and more!

Arteriors 48572-701 Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

Arteriors 48572-701 Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

Uttermost 27416 – Twisted Tree with Birds Table Lamp

Arteriors 15404-936 – Driftwood Table Lamp

Uttermost 27960 – Rustic Table Lamp

Arteriors 43136-109 – Silver Branch Iron Table Lamp

Arteriors 48572-701 – Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

 

For a Splash of Color

Give your room a color splash with one of these intriguing lamps. Finished in bright colors like green and turquoise, these lamps will be sure to add a sensational pop to any neutral colored room!

Flambeau TA1104 Alluring Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1104 Alluring Table Lamp

Arteriors 17416-543 – Hand Thrown Terracotta Lamp

Uttermost 26347 – Elegant Table Lamp

Arteriors 17392-541 – Porcelain Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1104 – Alluring Table Lamp

Arteriors 17323-354 – Glass Table Lamp

 

 

For a Simple Style

If you are looking for something casual, try one of these simple lamps. The lamps are finished in neutral tones, yet have a charming and simple design to them.

Kenroy Home 20685DB Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20685DB Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Arteriors 16321-240 – Wood Table Lamp

Uttermost 26481 – Fluted Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20685DB – Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Arteriors 17297-210 – Optic Glass Table Lamp

Uttermost 26253 – Bronze Table Lamp

 

For an Industrial Look

Are metal, industrial-type designs your thing? These lamps lamps have just the edge you’re looking for. Made of materials such as steel and iron, these lamps are perfect for your edgy style!

Lazy Susan 626011 Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Lazy Susan 626011 Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Arteriors 46264-373 – Brass and Wood Table Lamp

Lazy Susan 626011 – Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Arteriors 46649-220 – Open Iron Table Lamp

Uttermost 27989-1 – Glass Table Lamp

Arteriors 46673 – Iron Table Lamp

 

 

For a Little Touch of Folly

Unique in style, these lamps bring a whimsical charm to any bedroom, living room, or den. Intricately designed for a distinguishing touch, these lamps are sure to embrace your eclectic style.

Flambeau TA1016 Abstract Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1016 Abstract Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1016 – Abstract Table Lamp

Arteriors 43139-113 – Iron Spine Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1017-S – Vintage Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20105CBS – Modern Table Lamp

Uttermost 26417 – Hammered Scroll Table Lamp

 

For a Vintage Revival

Trying to retrofit everything in your home? Check out these vintage lamps! Influenced by 20th century modern styles, these lamps are sure to bring a vintage charm to your home.

Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20090SMB – Retro Table Lamp

Uttermost 27427-1 – Ceramic Table Lamp

Hudson Valley L125-AGB – Crystal Table Lamp

Arteriors 49823-316 – Glass Sphere Table Lamp

Uttermost 26462 – Glass Table Lamp

 

 

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Beam Angle Explained

Jan 18, 13 Beam Angle Explained

Reflector bulbs are more than just floodlights and spotlights. Like any light bulb, they come in shapes and technologies to fit any application. Two cases in point are the PAR and the MR16. These common bulbs, whether halogen, CFL, or LED, are highly specified, containing engineered surfaces that control the beam of light to an angle so precise it takes seven different classifications just to explain their possible uses!

Very Narrow Spot (VNSP)

The very narrow spot is just like it sounds. At 7 degrees or less for an MR16 or 15 degrees or less for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts an intense, focused beam without a square inch of wasted light. Bulbs with a VNSP beam angle are often used to highlight a small statue or figure on display in a museum or in a jewelry store to make diamonds “pop.”

Narrow Spot (NSP)

landscape lights

Photo by RBerteig (flickr)

Like the very narrow spot, the narrow spot is most popular in commercial applications. At 8 to 15 degrees for an MR16 or 16 to 30 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a beam slightly less focused than a VNSP. Look for bulbs with an NSP beam angle in retail settings highlighting a special or sale item or in landscape bullets illuminating a sign or garden feature.

Spot (SP)

The spot, though primarily used in commercial applications, also shows up in homes from time to time. At 16 to 22 degrees for an MR16 or 31 to 60 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a medium-sized beam. Bulbs with an SP beam angle are used in stores to highlight a special or sale area or outdoors to illuminate an architectural feature.

Narrow Flood (NFL)

Fireplace Spot Light

Photo by ell brown (flickr)

Businesses and homeowners alike find uses for the narrow flood. At 23 to 32 degrees for an MR16 or 61 to 90 degrees for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts a medium-wide beam. Stores use an NFL beam angle to highlight a display table, while homes might use this bulb in recessed eyeball lights to illuminate a painting over a fireplace mantle.

Flood (FL)

This true “floodlight” has wide variety of applications. At 36 to 45 degrees for an MR16 or 91 to 120 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a wide beam. Bulbs with an FL beam angle can be seen in everything from pendant lights in coffee shops to recessed lights in living rooms.

Wide Flood (WFL)

Need a lot of light? There are worse options than the wide flood. At 46 to 59 degrees for an MR16 or 121 to 160 degrees for a PAR lamp, the wide flood has a dispersed beam to cover a large area. Bulbs with a WFL beam angle are common in many general illumination applications from motion-sensing lights above garage doors to recessed cans in auditoriums and movie theaters.

Very Wide Flood (VWFL)

recessed lights

Photo by mccun934 (flickr)

The very wide flood finds its way into specialty applications, more often than not. At over 60 degrees for an MR16 or over 160 degrees for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts an extremely wide beam. Bulbs with a VWFL beam angle are used to illuminate without highlighting any particular object or area. They’re good options for outdoor flood lighting and low-ceiling recessed lights.

Keep in mind these designations vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some brands, like Ushio, throw them out altogether for their simpler system of “narrow,” “medium,” and “wide.” Also note that just because a bulb may have a commercial application, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it in your home. Use reflectors to make your walls a canvas for your lighting ideas, and be sure to share those ideas with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest!

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How to Identify Halogen and Xenon Bi-Pin Bulbs

Jan 11, 13 How to Identify Halogen and Xenon Bi-Pin Bulbs

So one of the bulbs in those little “puck” lights under your kitchen cabinets or the light in your desk lamp has burned out. You may have even had a burn-out with a landscape bullet light. Once you figure out how to get the fixture apart, you find a tiny bulb with two pins you don’t recognize. Now what?

Sure, you can throw the entire fixture out and just get a new one. That may be easier, but it definitely won’t be cheaper. What happens when the bulb burns out again (which it certainly will)? Are you going to just keep buying replacement fixtures?

Relax. We at 1000Bulbs.com have you covered. Identifying and replacing your existing bi-pin xenon bulb (sometimes called ’2-pin bulbs’ or ‘T-bulbs’) is easier than you think. Just follow these five simple steps:

Step 1: Measure the Pin Spacing

How far apart are the pins from each other? You can figure this out by getting a ruler and measuring the space between the pins. The space between the pins is measured in millimeters. Write this measurement down as it will help you find the right base type.

Step 2: Determine the Bulb Voltage

Check the fixture housing or socket and see if there is a label that tells you the voltage of the original bulb. The label will most likely have a UL or CSA symbol. If it’s not on the fixture, try to find it on the bulb itself. When you find the voltage, write it down. If you can’t find the label or the label doesn’t list the voltage, don’t worry. You may still find the correct bulb with some tips coming up in step 4.

Step 3: Check the Pin Type

Now check the pins on your existing bulbs. Are they straight or looped? Most bi-pin bulbs will have straight pins, but there are also bi-pin bulbs that have looped pins. Knowing if the pins are straight or looped will help you to further narrow down your bulb selection. Along with your pin measurements and voltage, make sure to jot down if your pins are looped or straight.

Step 4: Find Your Bulb

Now that you’ve got the bulb spacing, pin type, and (hopefully) voltage, it’s time to find your bulb. If you measured 4 millimeters between pins, that means you have a G4 base bulb, which comes in 6, 12, or 24 volts. If your measurement is just a hair wider than 6 millimeters, you have a bulb with a G6.35 base, which comes in 12, 24, or 120 volts. A measurement of 8 millimeters means you have a G8 base xenon bulb, which only comes in 120 volts. Looped pins spaced 9 millimeters apart means you have a G9 base bulb, which also only comes in 120 volts.

Step 5: Install Your Bulb

After you’ve figured out what bulb you need, installing it is simple. Your fixture has a glass lens that fits over the bulb. After you remove the lens, insert the new bulb into the socket and replace the lens. Be careful not to touch the bulb itself, as the oils on your fingers will damage the bulb, shortening its life and maybe even causing it to melt. Some bulbs come with a wrapping around the bulb to prevent damage when installing them. If your bulb didn’t come with a wrapping, wear gloves or use something to wrap around the bulb, but be sure to remove the wrapping after you install the bulb.

That’s all there is to it. Remember, replacing your bulb is much cheaper than replacing the whole fixture. While replacing the bulb may not be as easy, after a few times, you’ll get the hang of it. If you have any questions about these bulbs or just questions in general, don’t be shy! Drop us a comment in the box below or reach out to us Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus.

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