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Light bulbs are available in a variety of Caps and Bases, so we have compiled a comprehensive listing of the most popular types to help you select the correct one. To view our listing of caps and bases please click here. If you are still unable to locate the cap type for your particular Light Bulb then please call us on: 01869 362222, email us or for instant expert advice use our “Live Support Online” facility.
Traditional incandescent light bulbs waste a lot of their energy by turning energy into heat rather than light itself. Energy saving light bulbs work in the same way as fluorescent tubes – an electric current passes through gas in a tube, making the tube’s coating glow brightly. This means they use less energy and are cool to the touch. Although energy saving light bulbs cost a little more to buy than their old technology equivalents, they save you money in the long run by reducing the amount of electricity you use. The calculator below details the annual savings you can
Have you noticed that some lights, such as traditional incandescent bulbs, emit a warm, yellowish light, while others emit a cooler, almost blue light? Don’t worry – your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Different bulbs emit light at different colour temperatures. What is colour temperature? Let’s find out. Colour temperature describes the appearance or tint of a particular light. Most bulbs emit a white light, but this white light can range from warm to cool. Think of colour temperature like you think of paint, where there are seemingly endless shades of white to choose from. In the same vein,
Some bulbs last longer than others. In the light bulb industry, the lifespan of a bulb is referred to as “Average Rated Lifetime Hours” (ARL). Average rated lifetime hours indicate how long it takes for a certain percentage of light bulbs in a test batch to fail, and are measured and labelled using hours and an “L rating”. For example, if 100,000 bulbs were tested and 70,000 bulbs (70%) failed after 1,000 hours, this bulb would have an average rated life of 1,000 hours at L70. Here are a few more examples: Another important aspect to take into consideration is
The importance of buying a branded light bulb cannot be overstated. There are four leading manufacturers of light bulbs in the world today: Whilst there are of course a number of very reputable and respected smaller manufacturers of light bulbs throughout the world. These main four account for a considerable percentage of the consumption across the globe. The reason for this of course is the same as with any other product. The key factors in purchasing any item for any consumer is the knowledge and comfort that in the event of any difficulty or problem with the item, the manufacturer and
Not all light bulbs can be tossed in the bin. Energy efficient bulbs like CFLs and some LEDs contain materials that are harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly, which has lead lawmakers to create new legislation that aims to make properly disposing of electronic waste easier for consumers. This legislation, called the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, is now UK and European law. WEEE requires producers – not consumers – to pay for the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment. This means that retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment, including
Selecting the correct beam angle of any Light Bulb is very important. The enclosed interactive beam selector allows you to see exactly how important. A beam angle is measured in degrees, and that refers to the width at which the light emanates from the bulb. The angles vary considerably depending on the type and style of the bulb, so to help you select the most suitable option we have divided our bulbs into four main categories, Narrow, Medium, Wide, and Very Wide beam. The most common beam angles for the domestic home are 24-26 degree (medium) or 36-38 degree (wide). Beam angles