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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
All light bulbs have a specific burning colour temperature measured in Kelvin degrees, as you can see from the charts below. The colour temperature is very important in respect of which type of light source produces the colour appearance required.
In the light bulb industry, the Average Rated Life of any light bulb is defined by how long it takes for a percentage of the light bulbs in a test batch to fail. For instance, if 100,000 bulbs were tested and after 1000 hours, 70,000 (70%) of the bulbs had expired. This product would have an average rated life of 1000 hours at L70. There will of course have been many failures during the initial 1000 hours and likewise there would have been a number of lamps lasting well in excess of 1000 hours. The two important factors when understanding
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
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge. The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Recycling reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill. We are obliged under these regulations to
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