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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Apr 12, 13
By now, you know that 1000Bulbs.com sells household light bulbs, ballasts, Christmas decorations, stage and studio lamps and much more. But hidden deep within the confines of the 30,000+ items on the website are five things I’m pretty sure you would be surprised to come across on 1000Bulbs.com.
Everyone needs batteries, and luckily we have lots of them. We have AA, AAA, D, C, rechargeable batteries, 9 volt, and watch batteries. Oh, and we also carry marine and snowmobile batteries, too. No matter what kind of batteries you need, chances are we have them.
Fly and Insect Control
Paraclipse Insect Inn Ultra II
Tired of mosquitoes buzzing in your ear? Luckily, there are lots of options to stop these winged pests in their tracks. We have fly and mosquito traps that attract these pests with lights and scents, trapping thousands of them on replaceable cartridges. When one side of these cartridges fills up, it automatically advances to a fresh side; until the whole cartridge needs to be replaced.
Night lights are a great way to illuminate certain areas of your home without disturbing others and also prevent you from stumbling in the dark. From night lights outfitted with a moon wearing a nightcap to directional LED night lights, 1000Bulbs.com has what you need to get that glass of water at two in the morning without stubbing your toe on the coffee table.
Deck Marker Lights
Xodus BL670D Deck Marker Light
Summer is right around the corner, and that means barbecues and outdoor entertaining. That’s where deck marker lights come in. These lights are used to provide ambiance and illuminate steps, preventing accidents. Place these on your deck, patio, or even on your house.
Pre-Paid Light Bulb Recycling
Hopefully you wouldn’t throw paint, motor oil, or anti-freeze in the trash. Well, light bulbs, batteries, and computer electronics are no different. Our pre-paid recycling boxes and pails make it easy to be environmentally responsible. Simply fill out the pre-paid shipping label and ship it off.
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Mar 15, 13
In part one, we discussed the different types of lights and their respective coverage. In this part, we’ll look at the different types of fixtures more closely, helping you choose the right reflector for your growing needs.
Once you’ve chosen your bulbs, you have to choose a fixture to give you maximum reflectivity and coverage. There are about four types of grow light fixtures to choose from: high bays, strips, open air HID, and enclosed HID.
Imagine lighting fixtures in a warehouse. The high bays used for indoor growing are just modified versions of those warehouse fixtures and come in HID, CFL, and linear fluorescent versions. The HID and CFL high bays are great for starter grows, and are only suitable for growing a few plants due to small coverage areas. On the other hand, linear fluorescent high bays are an ideal choice for T5 fluorescent grow lights, as they have larger coverage areas and operate two to eight individual bulbs.
Linear fluorescent strips are only suitable for growing compact rows of vegetables or herbs, as they only operate one or two lamps.
Open Air HID
These types of fixtures are the most common type of grow light because they produce high lumens, have great coverage, and provide sufficient cooling. Open air HIDs include wing fixtures and parabolic fixtures.
Similar to open air HID fixtures, enclosed HID fixtures include air cooled and “cool tube” fixtures. However, these types of HID fixtures offer two distinct advantages over the open air HID fixtures. One, the bulb is protected by a tempered glass lens, which protects your plants and grow area from glass in the event of a bulb malfunction or thermal shock from overspray of water or other liquids. Two, the fixture offers better cooling. Both types of the enclosed fixtures feature flanges on either end for external cooling, allowing you to send a constant stream of air past the bulbs, therefore keeping both the bulb and your plants at a safe temperature.
Types of Timers
Now that we’ve covered the types of grow light fixtures, we’ll discuss the different types of timers and their importance in your grow project.
Just like you and me, plants require sleep. Generally, plants need 15 to 18 hours of light a day during the growth phase and 10 to 12 hours of light during the flowering stage. For the remainder of the time, your lights should be off. You can accomplish your plants’ lighting needs in a few ways: by manually turning your lights on and off (not really recommended) or by utilizing a simple plug-in timer. Manually turning your lights on and off isn’t recommended for one reason: you may forget to turn them on, or you may forget to turn them off, both being detrimental to your plants’ health. The answer to you plants’ lighting needs is a plug-in timer, offered either in digital or analog format.
Analog timers are generally cheaper and somewhat easier to use than digital timers. These types of timers have a dial that turns throughout a 24-hour cycle and trippers that turn the lights on and off. You place one tripper at the time you want your lights on, and another when you want your lights off. When the timer hits these trippers, the lights either turn on or off. However, most types of analog timers lose time when there is a power outage.
Digital timers are definitely the recommended type of timer for your grow light project. These timers work pretty much the same way as analog timers, but offer a few key advantages over the analog timers. For one, they solve the problem of losing time when there is a power outage. These timers have battery backups that remember the time and set points should there be a power outage. Additionally, many of these timers are self-adjusting, resetting themselves for daylight savings time and even calculating sunrise and sunset times based on the time of year.
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Remodeling your home soon? We have a great selection of lighting fixtures for every room in your home. Everyone has a personal style, so we have made a mini survival guide with a few fixtures to cater to a few distinct styles. Before we go through the different styles, here is a small guide to knowing what fixtures are best where:
Pendant- best placed in a dining area or a living room
Chandelier- best used in an entry way
Vanity Lighting- best used in bathrooms
Table Lamps- best used in offices, living rooms, or bedrooms
Vintage Fixtures: For Those Who Love the 20th Century
Do you live your life wishing your home looked like Lucy and Ricky’s? We have plenty of antique style fixtures to make your home have a 20th century feel.
Hudson Valley Vintage Pendant
Pendant- Hudson Valley 8001-HN-MM3 Medium Vintage Pendant
Chandelier- Arteriors 89415 Large Iron & Shell Chandelier
Vanity Lighting- Nuvo 60-311 (8 Light) Vanity
Table Lamps- Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp
Industrial Fixtures: For Those Who Love Their Lofts
Love the modern look of those big, open, not quite finished loft spaces? Give your home the look you desire with one of these industrial fixtures!
Nuvo Vanity Light
Pendant- Lazy Susan 225033 Wire Rose Pendant
Chandelier- Hudson Valley 729-OB Chandelier
Vanity Lighting- Nuvo 60-922 (2 Light) Vanity
Table Lamps- Hudson Valley L433-PN Pharmacy Desk Lamp
Elegant Fixtures: For Those Who Love Pizzazz
Elizabeth Taylor loved all things dazzling. Do you share her passion? Browse through some of these elegant fixtures to give your home the sparkle it needs.
Pendant- Golden Lighting 8981-3P Echelon Groom Pendant
Chandelier- Quorum 664-24-514 3 Tier Luxurious Chandelier
Vanity Lighting- Hudson Valley 6104-PN Vanity Light
Table Lamps- Kenroy Home 20118BS Elegant Table Lamp
Simple Fixtures: For Those Who Love the Basics
Is K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) your life motto? We have a wonderful array of classy and simple fixtures designed for your style. Take some time to see if these are right for you!
Arteriors Table Lamp
Pendant- Quorum 857-4-95 Sleek Pendant
Chandelier- Nuvo 60-2811 Chandelier
Vanity Lighting- Kenroy Home 03393 Vanity Light
Table Lamps- Arteriors DR12035-598 Cannes Hand Finished Table Lamp
Unique Fixtures: For Those Who Love Whimsy
Trying to find a unicorn? Unfortunately, we do not have one, but we do have plenty of unique fixtures for you to browse through. See if any of these interesting fixtures are best for your needs!
Arteriors Wood and Iron Chandelier
Pendant- Troy F2805 Medium Pendant
Chandelier- Arteriors 89559 Wood & Iron Chandelier
Vanity Lighting- Hudson Valley 4474-BB Vanity Light
Table Lamps- Arteriors 19205-375 Nautical Table Lamp
Interested in some other fixtures not mentioned? Let us know in the comments section or leave us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!
Mar 01, 13
In part 1 of this series, we discussed the types of fire alarms and the advantages of each. Here, we’ll discuss a few essential fire safety accessories and where to place your alarms.
Alarm relay modules are great tools to link your smoke, CO, and heat alarms to auxiliary devices, such as sirens, strobe lights, door closers, exhaust fans, etc. When one of the alarms sounds, the alarm relay module activates your connected auxiliary devices. These devices are excellent for providing additional warning in the event of an emergency.
Strobe lights are another great tool for providing early warning for fire and CO dangers. Strobe lights must be connected to smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm sounds, it activates the strobe light, giving off an intensely bright light.
Even though strobe lights are designed for those with hearing impairment, they can still be used in homes without hearing impaired individuals, especially for those who may have a hard time being woken up by fire or CO alarms. Since they are not designed to detect any fire or CO threats, these are not standalone devices.
Alright, so you’ve decided which fire alarms are right for you, but where do you put these alarms for maximum efficiency?
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends you put smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Since many fatal fires typically start late at night or early in the morning, the USFA also recommends installing alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas. Installing alarms inside and outside is especially helpful if you have heavy sleepers in your home or sleep with the bedroom door closed.
For large houses, make sure you have more than the recommended number of fire alarms. Put these in living rooms, studies, and other non-sleeping areas. Also keep in mind that smoke and deadly gases rise, so fire alarms should be installed at proper levels. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on placement height.
For an example of fire alarm placement, check out this diagram.
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Everyone has heard the adage “my dog ate my homework.” Educators would say this is an excruciatingly poor excuse for not doing homework. However, “my dog ate my lamp, so I couldn’t do my homework” may soon become a legitimate excuse.
Thanks to some incredibly creative artists, the lighting world has a new addition, edible lamps. A sweet treat and good for the environment, these lamps definitely bring a new, distinctive quality to lighting.
Lumière au Chocolat
Lumière au Chocolat
Delicious, scrumptious, and delectable, all words to define a lamp. What’s so tasty about a lamp? The idea that it is made of chocolate is a start. A Swedish designer by the name of Alexander Lervik worked with LED specialists from Saas Instruments to create the Lumière au Chocolat (Chocolate Lamp), which was on display at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Influenced by the concept of polar nights, the lamp, as solid trapezoid of chocolate, is completely dark when turned on. As the heat from an incandescent bulb hits the chocolate, it starts to form holes, allowing more light to pass through. Once the chocolate thoroughly melts down, it slowly forms back into solid pieces for a delectable treat. Perhaps this lamp isn’t ideal for homework; it could be a wonderful addition to a restaurant’s dessert menu.
BITE ME LED desk lamp
Not a chocolate fan? No worries! New York based designer Victor Vetterlein’s BITE ME bioplastic LED desk lamp is made from natural, non-toxic ingredients including agar (a gelatin formed from sea algae), flavoring, food coloring, purified water, and vegetable glycerin. Coming in flavors of apple, blueberry, orange, and cherry, this lamp resembles a fruit roll-up with the solidity of plastic. The lamp includes an LED circuit board with an adhesive strip to be placed on the underside of the lamp and two power cords, one to be connected to a low voltage power converter and the other to a USB port. Once the lamp becomes a terrible bore, toss it in your backyard as compost or eat it, of course. Simply wash the lamp with organic soap and warm water and soak it in water for an hour; it will soften and have the consistency and taste of a fruit snack.
Time to Eat
Roald Dahl would be proud; we’ve gotten a step closer to Willy Wonka’s “world of pure imagination.” While we haven’t quite gotten to the full-fledged chocolate waterfall or 3-course meal gum, we do have edible lamps. Interested in one of the two, or both? Unfortunately for all of us, these lamps are not currently for sale, but we’ll be standing in line next to you when they are.
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