Aug 02, 13
So you want to add under cabinet lighting to your kitchen, or perhaps add accent lighting to your deck or patio, but you’re not sure what kind of lighting to use, rope light or tape light. Both have their advantages, but which one works best for you?
Rope Light: Rope light is a great, versatile tool that’s used in many accent lighting applications. From adding a fun touch to your deck to adding a warm tone to restaurants, there’s not a whole lot you can’t do with rope light. While rope light offers tons of advantages, there’s a few things you should know. For starters, rope light can be tricky to maneuver in tight spaces (not to mention rope light can’t be bent at a 90-degree angle without breaking the wires inside) , and even the smallest diameter rope light can present challenges when it comes to concealment. Available in 12-volt, 24-volt, and 120-volt in LED and incandescent, these higher voltages give you the freedom to create virtually any lighting scheme you can imagine. With that being said, rope light can only be cut into certain sections, and the amount of these sections changes from size to size. Also, rope light gets hot, very hot, so this must be taken into consideration when deciding where to put your rope light. Rope light is generally more expensive, and it also does not offer the RGB (red, green, blue) option, therefore somewhat limiting your color options.
LED Tape Light
Tape Light: Tape light is sometimes called LED strip lights, and for a good reason. Tape light looks exactly the way it sounds: flat. The shape of tape light has some serious advantages. For one, due to its shape, it’s much easier to work with than rope light, and fits into tighter spaces much easier, too. Also, tape light is super easy to install, especially with L-shape connectors for 90-degree turns, since all you have to do is peel off the adhesive backing, and, that’s it. What’s more, LED tape light is cheaper than rope light and offers multiple colors, including RGB color changing tape light. So with all these positives, it certainly seems like tape lights don’t have many drawbacks. Well, there’s a couple, but the biggest is tape lights have a very limited run, 16-feet for a 24-volt strip to be exact. While this is perfect for those small projects, if you’re looking to light your whole kitchen, things could get messy because every section requires its own power source, and you’re going to be left with a wad of cables to power those sections.
Which is better? Well, neither one is outright better than the other. Both have their advantages over the other. However, both are suitable for damp locations, but they cannot be submerged. So the bottom line here is this: if you need to light 100 or so feet, rope light is the definite winner there, but if you’re looking to light small sections with quick, simple installation, then look at tape light.
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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!
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!
May 17, 13
As customers of 1000Bulbs.com, you applaud us on our amazing prices, outstanding customer service, and our wonderful products. At the same time, have you ever wondered if we use our own products? As consumers, you are probably curious as to what we use. Personally, I am a fan of the collegiate Christmas trees. Nothing represents you more than a Christmas tree featuring your university colors. Here are some other favorites of our staff at 1000Bulbs.com.
MaxLite 71211 Plug-and-Play LED Lightbar
Paul G., VP of Business Development
“I have recently remodeled my kitchen; the MaxLite 71211 plug-and-play LED lightbar is easy to install under cabinets and is completely connectable to additional units. I tested low profile fluorescent strips and rope light, and could not find a more pleasing solution aesthetically than the warm glow produced by these fixtures. I am enjoying even, ambient light on 30 feet of granite counter, approximately 4 feet wide, while using only about 24 watts. With LED life expectancy, I am sure this will be a maintenance-free selling feature when we finally decide to downsize.”
Satco S7303 G25 CFL
Beth H., Inventory Planner
“I have a 6-light vanity fixture over my bathroom mirror. It’s always dark, which makes doing hair and make-up challenging. I tried a few bulbs and nothing seemed to be bright enough. I finally found the Satco S7303 CFL bulb, and I absolutely love it! They start off kind of dim when first turned on, but they get brighter once they warm up. My eyeshadow colors, lipsticks & glosses look awesome under these lights. I have recommended these bulbs to friends and family and they love them, too.”
Blue LED Icicle Lights
Adrian L., Customer Service Representative
“For Christmas, I used these blue LED icicle lights on the inside of my windows. My son and I love the color blue, so I figured he would enjoy these draped around the house during the Christmas season. These lights are very bright and visible from a distance. We both truly enjoyed these lights and can’t wait until we can use them again next Christmas.”
Clear A19 Antique Light Bulb
Vivian C., Proactive Customer Service
“I used this antique A19 bulb to make a vintage reading lamp for my friend; it’s pretty bright! It gives off a warm output (240 lumens), but it seemed a bit brighter than the description given. I also used our brass wire cage to add to vintage look of the bulb itself. I loved it; it was the perfect bulb for my special project!”
Charity’s Palm Tree
Charity W., Account Manager
“I have used several of our products but I have to say rope light is one of my favorites. I created a palm tree on my fence with green and amber rope light. It is easy to shape into different figures and attaches to most any type of surface. The most popular size is 1/2-inch because you could find accessory pieces easier, but 3/8-inch is easier to mold into more intricate patterns. Either way you will get a nice light design.”
Benona K., HR Manager
“I like my cool white LED rope light. I have it installed underneath my kitchen cabinets. Since it is energy efficient, I leave it on all the time. It gives me extra light on my counter tops for preparing meals and it doubles as a night light when I feel the need for a midnight snack.”
What are some of your favorite products? Let us know in the comments section or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!
May 10, 13
In an earlier post, we discussed some very useful things few people probably realized we sold, such as batteries and fly and insect control. In this post, we’ll cover five more things you’ll be surprised to know we sell.
Moving? Need to send Christmas presents across the country? We have boxes in all sorts of shapes and sizes for your moving and shipping needs. From cubic, long or tall, we have the boxes you need to pack your dishes or send last minute gifts.
Satco S703001 Bulb Changer
Have some bulbs that are burned out in your recessed cans, but are just out of reach? Luckily we sell bulb changers and extension poles that make changing hard to reach bulbs such as PAR, MR16, and R lamps quick and easy. To replace a bulb, simply place the suction cup on the face of the bulb, unscrew it, and screw in the new bulb.
Battery Operated Lanterns and Flashlights
Instead of fumbling around in the dark, trying to light your gas lantern, switch to battery operated lanterns instead. These types of lanterns provide all the benefits of traditional lanterns, but without the dangers of gas lanterns. For more personalized light, check out our wide selection of flashlights, too.
Safety Glow Light Sticks
Glow light sticks provide simple, small illumination for many uses. Looking for safety light sticks to carry with you when you’re out on the water? Our personal marker lights are great for strapping to life jackets and are U.S. Coast Guard approved. From light sticks that are flare alternatives to impact light sticks, we have the glow light sticks that you need.
Xodus BL200 In-Cabinet Light
In-cabinet lights are reliable in many areas of your home and provide you with a solid beam of light when you need it most. This versatile light is motion-activated and even has an on/off switch, making it ideal for simple task lighting in pantries, above sinks, and in closets. This light runs off C batteries and installs in a flash.
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