Jul 19, 13
There’s been a buzz around here at 1000Bulbs.com as of late, created by the arrival of some incredible LED MR16s. These aren’t just any MR16s. No, these Soraa bulbs are truly raising the bar in efficiency and brilliance. In fact, our own CEO Kim Pederson has expressed his excitement for these products. So what separates these bulbs from the rest of the pack?
The Soraa Difference
On the outside, Soraa MR16s look just like any other LED, but the technology packed inside is where it’s at. Soraa claims their MR16s feature technology that’s a whopping two years ahead of other MR16s. Soraa LED MR16s feature LEDs crafted from pure gallium nitride substrates, which is referred to Gallium Nitride on Gallium Nitride, or GaN on GaN for short.
GaN on GaN?
So what does this GaN on GaN technology actually mean for you? A lot, actually. For starters, Soraa’s LED MR16s give you superior beam characteristics, including crisp shadows and minimal light spill, giving you a precise, controlled beam of light. In fact GaN on GaN crystals are up to 1,000 times more precise than any other LED crystal. Also, this technology gives you superb color rendering, meaning whites will be whiter, reds will redder, and colors will be more vibrant and rich.
The Design Difference
Apart from the technology that brings you unprecedented light, the design of Soraa LED MR16s brings you unprecedented versatility. Soraa MR16s feature an “origami” driver circuit, which is designed with components used in extreme temperature environments, such as automotive environments. This feature allows the bulb to be operated at temperatures much higher than other MR16 lamps and gives you very efficient thermal dissipation. Take the Outdoor line for example. The bulbs in this family are designed to work in all types of light fixtures, including enclosed, sealed, and unventilated fixtures.
How Can Soraa Lamps Help Me?
The sun has a CRI (color rendering index) of 100. Soraa’s LEDs have a CRI of 95. The high CRI of these LEDs create brighter brights and whiter whites, while colors become more vibrant. This is what makes these bulbs perfect for track lights in museums and art galleries or track lights in retail stores, as they make colors pop, stand out, and become more vibrant than ever before. Not only are these lights great for commercial use, but they’ll look great in your home’s track or recessed lighting.
Still not convinced? Check out the video below and see the Soraa difference for yourself. Tell us how you plan to use these bulbs on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!
Jul 05, 13
In this edition of Light Post, we’ve collected some great lighting stories from around the world, from LEDs lowering suicide rates in South Korea, to fireworks safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Independence Day. So, post up in your favorite spot and enjoy Light Post.
Bridge Equipped with LED Lights and Sensors Lowers Suicide Rates
South Korea has seen their suicide rates double over the past decade, giving them the title of having one of the highest rates in the world. However, Cheil Worldwide has equipped the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, where dozens of South Koreans jump every year with 2,200 sensors and LEDs within the bridge railings. The sensors detect when someone comes close to the railing, and the lights flash messages of hope, such as “How have you been?” and “What is troubling you?” Are the lights and positive messages working? Cheil Worldwide reports that suicide rates on the bridge have declined by 77 percent.
Purses and Handbags with Built In Lights?
This one goes out to all the ladies out there: tired of digging around in your purse, never being able to find the things you need quickly? Wish you had a light at the bottom of your purse? Well, you’re in luck. Glass Handbag, who announced they’ll be opening a corporate office in New York City in August of 2013, sells luxury handbags and clutches that have built in lighting systems to combat this nuisance. Many of these battery operated lights are water resistant have long lives of 25,000 hours.
Audi Introduces Matrix LED Headlamps
The German manufacturer is once again changing the face of LED headlamps with the announcement of their Matrix LED headlamps. These revolutionary LEDs increase driving safety by utilizing a camera to adapt to oncoming traffic and road topography data supplied by a GPS system. By using the camera, the matrix becomes dimmer, or part of the matrix is extinguished, until the oncoming car passes. The system uses the on-board GPS to navigate corners and other road features. For example, as the car approaches a corner, the lights are moved in the direction of the curve, right before the driver turns the steering wheel. This new system will be installed on the A8 models to be released later this year.
Fireworks Safety Tips
It’s hard to believe it’s already time to break out the fireworks and celebrate the fourth of July with family and friends. We here at 1000Bulbs.com love a great fireworks show, but here’s some tips to ensure you’re holiday celebrations go on without a hitch.
- Before buying or using any fireworks, make sure they’re legal. Also, look into any burn bans that may be in effect.
- Never place any part of your body over the item you’re trying to light. Fuses may burn quicker than expected, and the results could be disastrous.
- Make sure that adults supervise firework activities, even sparklers. Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt some metals.
- Keep a bucket of water or a water hose handy in case of the unexpected. Fireworks may tip over during their display.
- If fireworks fail to light, don’t pick them up or try to relight them. Douse them (and all spent fireworks for that matter) with water.
- Finally, please don’t point fireworks of any kind of people. You’d be surprised how fast bottle rockets travel and how much they hurt.
We’d love to see your fireworks display! Post your pictures and videos to our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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!
Apr 26, 13
Do you know what percentage of homes in America utilize energy-efficient bulbs? How is one of America’s largest cities keeping tabs on its energy use? For the answers to these questions and interesting lighting news, read on!
More U.S. Households Using LEDs and CFLs
According to recent data by E Source, the energy efficiency trend is gaining a lot of ground here in the U.S., as more and more households are using compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LED). E Source reports that 87% of households use at least one CFL or LED, while 77% use three or more. What factors decide who uses which type of bulbs and how many of these bulbs are used in households? E Source uncovered some interesting findings. For example:
• The percentage of households using multiple LEDs or CFLs goes up as annual income increases.
• Homeowners are more likely to use multiple LEDs and CFLs than renters.
• Older adults are more likely to use multiple CFLs, while younger adults lean more towards LEDs
Rachel Cooper, research manager at E Source, raises interesting speculation: “These findings lead us to wonder, ‘What would saturation levels look like if these energy-efficient bulbs-particularly LEDs-were more affordable?’”
Philips’ LED Bulb Could Replace Fluorescent Bulbs
LED technology is rapidly advancing, quickly changing the face of energy efficiency by offering longer life hours and considerably reduced electricity usage. LEDs first replaced CFLs, and now they’re replacing… fluorescent bulbs? That’s right. Philips has announced a prototype LED that could save the U.S. billions of dollars annually by replacing fluorescent bulbs. This new bulb only consumes 5 watts of energy, but produces a whopping 200 lumen per watt, far superior to the 100 lumen per watt fluorescents can produce. Philips estimates that with the new LED, the U.S. would save an astounding $12 billion a year while preventing the release of 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Philips said it plans to deliver commercial and industrial versions of the bulb to the market by 2015, with consumer products quickly following.
UCLA Publishes Electricity Usage Map
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has created an innovative way for Los Angeles to monitor how it uses electricity, block by block, allowing the city’s planners and Department of Water and Power to develop more finely tuned programs aimed at high energy users or low-income neighborhoods to improve energy efficiency. The map uses census and land use information to show how income levels affect electricity use and the differences between electricity usage of single family, multi-family, and commercial buildings. The map can even give usage projections for high heat days.
Conroe ISD Receives $15,000 to Upgrade Lighting
Conroe Independent School District (CISD), located in Conroe, TX (near Houston) has been recognized by Entergy Texas, Inc. for participating in their SCORE program and rewarded CISD with a $15,000 check to upgrade the district’s lighting. The goal of the SCORE program is to provide energy performance benchmarking, technical assistance, and cash incentives to help schools save energy and money. The $15,000 prize will go a long way for the district’s lighting upgrade, with CISD saving more than $28,000 in annual energy costs, the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 30 homes for a year
How many energy efficient bulbs do you have in your home? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window
Have you ever wondered why actors have a stunning appearance in movies? Yes, they get airbrush make-up and the concept of photoshop does exist in the world, but the reality is; it is all about the lighting! Since the earliest movies, lighting has always been an essential part in film making with advances in lighting technology making all the difference.
In the Beginning: They Stayed Outside
In the late 1800s, film makers had not acknowledged the use of artificial lighting in film. The standard was to shoot during the day in a set that had either, an open roof or a glass ceiling. While natural light is the best light source, this methodology put a hindrance on filming anything at night or indoors; therefore, by the early 1900s, artificial light sources came into play.
In the 20th Century: Grace Kelly was Glowing
The main source of artificial lighting in film at that time was arc bulbs, the predecessor to HID bulbs. Used with a reflector, the bulbs created a bright light and allowed for directional lighting, enhancing parts of the set that needed to be highlighted. These lights also made for good spotlights, casting a brighter light on one side of the actor’s face (key light), and a softer light on the opposite side (fill light), to eliminate unflattering shadows. A third back light would be used to create the effect of a halo around the actor’s head. In the 1920s, incandescent bulbs started to become a growing sensation in studio lighting, as they produced a better color temperature, required less electrical and man power, and did not emit the humming sound the HID bulbs did.
In the Present Day: Lighting Comes in Various Forms
Today, there are so many new lighting technologies, all of which get used on film sets today. We’ve already covered HID and incandescent, but many of the other forms include halogen and xenon lamps, fluorescents, LEDs, and HMI bulbs, a technology coined by OSRAM SYLVANIA. Generally used with ballasts, the film-specific HMI bulbs are very popular bulbs used in the film industry, winning OSRAM an Oscar in 1987 and a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2007.
Fun Fact: On movie sets, mashed potatoes replaced ice cream in sundaes as the ice cream would melt quickly, due to the lighting.
DIY Lighting Kit for Home Movies
Make your own film light kit! You need these items:
- Broom Stick or Mic Stand (the mic stand does have support at the bottom)
- LED or Incandescent Bulb
- Wax Paper (optional)
- White or Light Poster Board (optional)
Insert the bulb into the reflector and attach the reflector to your stand of choice. It’s that simple! Use the wax paper to diffuse (soften) the light if needed. For added reflection, place the poster board where it is needed.
Be sure to check out the lighting techniques the next time you are at the movies! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to write us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!