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how to measure light bulbs
Light Bulb Buying Guides

Measuring your light bulbs is a simple process, and it’s one that’s important if you’re trying to replace a bulb and have lost the original packaging or are in the process of upgrading to energy efficient LEDs. After all, you need to be sure that the new bulb you select is going to fit into your fixture. If you’ve never had to measure a light bulb, you may be wondering what measurements you need to take, and where exactly to start your measurements from. Let’s take a look: Measuring the Bulb The glass or plastic upper part of the light

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ultimate guide led lights how to buy leds
Ultimate LED Guide

In many ways, buying LED bulbs is the same as buying traditional light bulbs because they both offer the same bases and caps and are available in similar shapes and colours. But while there is a lot of overlap between LEDs and traditional bulbs, there are also a few key differences you should keep in mind when you’re deciding what LED lights to buy, such as: 1. Your light fixture’s base type 2. Bulb shape and beam angle 3. Brightness 4. Colour temperature 5. Bulb placement Let’s take a closer look at how to buy LED bulbs: 1. Base Type

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what big box stores wont tell you about led lights
Bright Ideas

You’ve probably heard a lot about light emitting diodes (LEDs) in recent years, and you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. LED technology is constantly evolving and improving, offering customers more and better options, but it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Before you make the switch to LEDs, there are a few things you should know. We’ve asked our resident experts a few questions to shed some light on the things big box stores won’t tell you about LEDs. Why are LEDs more expensive? LEDs actually aren’t any more expensive than other

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ultimate guide led light bulbs
Light Bulb Buying Guides

Today’s most efficient way of illuminating and lighting is undoubtedly LED. When compared with older lighting technologies such as Incandescent, Halogen and CFL bulbs, you will find that LED is by far the most energy saving and smart solution.

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how to find the right lightbulb
Light Bulb Buying Guides

Your light bulb options have changed since incandescent bulbs were discontinued and replaced with energy-saving bulbs. If you are undecided about what type of lamp to buy, keep reading!

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guide buying halogen light bulbs
Light Bulb Buying Guides

Halogen lamps, like traditional incandescent lamps, use a tungsten filament, but they’re also filled with a small amount of halogen gas (such as iodine or bromine) in a capsule. Keep reading to learn more. Sarah LevisonSarah is a long-time employee of the Lightbulb Company, with a background in hospitality and a keen awareness of the important role lighting plays in our everyday lives. She has worn many hats at our company over the years, developing an extensive knowledge of lighting and the lighting industry. She is passionate about working with customers, understanding their needs, and providing them with the best

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LED Lumens to Watts Conversion Chart - The Lightbulb Co. UK
LED LightingLighting 101

Lumens are the new unit of measurement for brightness in light bulbs. In the past, the strength of light bulbs was measured in watts, which is actually a measure of power. Consult our conversion chart to learn more about lumens.

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light bulbs caps bases
Lighting Tools & Resources

The cap or base of a light bulb joins the bulb to the lamp socket in order to provide an electrical connection. Your lamp or fixture’s socket will dictate which cap or base a light bulb needs in order to fit, but there are a number of different base types and sizes to choose from, and it’s not always easy to determine which type is right for your fixture. To add to the confusion, different fixtures often feature different types of sockets. Purchasing a bulb with the wrong cap or base is a common mistake. There are a wide variety

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light bulb average rated lifetime hours
Lighting Tools & Resources

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

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are branded light bulbs better
Lighting Tools & Resources

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 a number of very reputable and respected smaller light bulb manufacturers throughout the world, these main four account for a considerable percentage of light bulb consumption across the globe. But are branded light bulbs really better? Let’s take a closer look at three reasons why you should consider purchasing branded light bulbs: Superior research, experience, and production volume High standard of craftsmanship and quality control Warranties and product guarantees Superior Research, Experience, and Volume

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