Staff Picks: Favorite Items from your 1000Bulbs.com Staff

May 17, 13 Staff Picks: Favorite Items from your 1000Bulbs.com Staff

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!”

Rope Light

Charity's Palm Tree

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.”

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Five More Things You Probably Didn’t Know We Sold

May 10, 13 Five More Things You Probably Didn’t Know We Sold

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.

Corrugated Boxes

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.

Bulb Changers

Satco S703001 Bulb Changer

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.

In-Cabinet Lights

Xodus BL200 In-Cabinet Light

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.

Which of these items are you planning to use? Tell us in the comment box below, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus!

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Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know We Sold

Apr 12, 13 Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know We Sold

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.

Batteries

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

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

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

Deck Marker Light

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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Grow Light Basics, Part 2: Types of Grow Fixtures and Timers

Mar 15, 13 Grow Light Basics, Part 2: Types of Grow Fixtures and Timers

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.

High Bays

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.

Strips

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.

Enclosed HID

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

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

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.

How’s your grow project coming along? Tell us in the comments below or leave us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Frantic about Fixtures? A Quick-Tip Guide to Home Interior Lighting

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

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

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.

Quorum Chandelier

Quorum Chandelier

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Fire Safety 101, Part 2: Accessories and Placement

Mar 01, 13 Fire Safety 101, Part 2: Accessories and Placement

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.

Relay Modules

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

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?

Placement

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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