Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Philips K19 Director Light Bulbs No Longer Available

It's sad but true.  With the energy restrictions put in place by the government, we are loosing the K19 Director Bulbs.  There has been back stock until recently but they are now gone.

While there may be direct replacements for this unique light bulb there are some options that will work for almost all applications.  

We have put together a list of suggestions beyond even the above suggest for you to review. This guideline will tell you all the pros and cons to each option so you can make an intelligent decision for your needs and wants!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

60 Watt Traditional Light Bulbs Going Away in 2014

Due to the Energy Efficiency laws the incandescent light bulb will no longer be able to be produced starting in January of 2014.  There are many options that are cost effective and available today.  One of the most popular options is the Philips 43 watt Halogen traditional A19 light bulb.  It produces the same amount of light with less energy and is dimmable.  Available in frosted and clear finish.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Cost Effective 120 Watt Flood Light Replacment

Kobi Electric has released a new 26 watt R40 (BR40) LED light bulb that produces the same amount of light or more  than the 120 watt BR40 light that has been discontinued.   It is has a long life of 25,000 hours and is available in Warm White or Cool White color temperature (non-dimmable).

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Correct Way to Dispose of Halogen Light Bulbs

We often get calls from customers wanting to know the proper way to dispose of light bulbs.  It really depends on the type of bulb as to the requirements or the proper way to "trash" them once they don't put out light any longer.

We have recently been getting calls in relation to disposing halogen light bulbs.  The make up of a halogen bulb is basically the same as an incandescent.  Some manufacturers call them incandescent bulbs.  But these bulbs are the ones that have been used for many many years and do not contain any gasses that will escape from the bulb once broken.  It's those gasses that can cause environmental damage.

As a result, there is no need to dispose of halogen bulbs in any way other than making sure that shards of glass don't cut anyone.  Throwing these in with your regular garbage is just fine.  

Monday, September 23, 2013

22 Watt A21 LED Light Bulb

Philips releases LED light bulb to replace 100 watt traditional incandescent.  The Philips 22 watt A21 Light Bulb which is actually a little more than your old 100 watt bulb.  This gives you 78 watt in savings for every bulb you replace and it has a 25,000 hour average rated life.  The A21 bulb is about ½ an inch taller and ½ an inch wider that the A19 bulb most people use in their lamps.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Cost Effective 60 watt Equivalent Philips A19 LED Light Bulb

Philips has released a new traditional design (A19) 10.5watt LED light bulb with a lower price point.  It is designed to replace a 60 watt bulb but it produces a crisp white light (3000K) similar to halogens. The light bulb has a 20,000 hour average life rating.  You still get the Philips quality but now it is more affordable.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Philips releases AirFlux technology LED light bulbs

Philips has developed a new line of LED lights with their new AirFlux technology.  It has allowed Philips to make a lighter LED light bulb but still be able provide optimal cooling efficiency.  In some cases it may weigh nearly half of what older technology LED’s weigh.  These guys are dimmable and they are the size that would replace a typical PAR38 bulb.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Philips has released an 18 watt Outdoor Rated PAR38 LED light bulb and wet location use.  You now have a reliable replacement for those high wattage outdoor flood lights.  The new light bulb replaces a 100 watt halogen PAR38 flood light.  It is designed to give you 15 years of life (45,000 hours of average rate life) which makes it ideal for those hard to reach areas. 

Law Affects Traditional Halogen Lights

The middle of 2012 many of the older technology halogen lights were discontinued due to the regulations in one of the efficiency laws. Halogen lights of 40 watts and higher were affected. Philips has developed a new EcoVantage line of Philips halogen light bulbs that meet the newer guidelines and will provide you with the same quality light you are used to with the older halogen bulbs. You will also gain some energy saving with the new lights due to their higher efficiency levels.

LED Effecting Garage Door Opener?

We have had some feedback from customers stating that when they have replaced their LEDs to use in Garage Door Openers their garage door remote stops working. In some rare cases the LED light seems to be interfering with the receiving unit and is blocking the signal from the remote. If this happens make sure that the radio antenna on the receiver (the wire sticking out of the opener power unit) is not touching or very close the LED light bulb. This is a rare problem with an easy fix. This is not a scientific or technical recommendation.  Simply one that we have had with customers and are sharing how we helped them correct the issue.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Philips Releases A21 LED Light Bulb

Philips has released an EnduraLED A21 light bulb that uses 17 watts of energy and is equal to a 75 watt incandescent. Its long life (25,000 hrs.) makes it ideal for hard get to locations inside your building. The energy savings of 58 watts per bulb and lower maintenance cost can make this LED bulb a perfect fit for many locations in you facility. It also has the advantage of emitting almost no UV or IR light, which makes it not fade colors and avoid spoilage of inventory.

Holly Eddins

Thursday, March 8, 2012

How to Convert Light Output from an Incandescent to a Compact Fluorescent

When you are replacing an incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent there is an easy way to make sure you are getting close to the same amount of light. You can either multiply the CFL wattage by 4 or divide the wattage by 4 on the incandescent and you will be close to the same light output.
13 to 15 watt CFL = 60 watt incandescent
18 to 20 watt CFL = 75 watt incandescent
23 to 27 watt CFL = 100 watt incandescent
38 to 42 watt CFL = 150 watt incandescent
Beyond using this formula to insure that you are purchasing a compact fluorescent with enough light, is to compare lumens from the bulbs you were using to the one you are looking to purchase. Light is not measured in wattage but measured in lumens. The above is a rule of thumb. The lumens are king.

Holly Eddins

Monday, February 13, 2012

Philips 10 Watt LED L Prize Winner

The winner of energy efficiency award by the US Department of Energy is due to be available by the end of February 2012. This Philips 10 watt LED A19 light bulb puts out the same light as a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. It saves you 50 watts of energy and has a CRI of 90, which makes the light look very similar to an incandescent light bulb. It also has the added be advantage of being assembled in the USA.

Holly Eddins

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rare Earth Phosphor Shortage and Fluorescent Light Bulbs

There is now a shortage of rare earth phosphors due to the Chinese limiting production and exports out of their country. Why is this effecting fluorescent light bulbs… (UV, Compact Fluorescents, T12, T8 & T5)? The inside of every fluorescent light bulb is lined with phosphor. The phosphor is what makes the light in fluorescent bulbs and they will not work without it.
The shortage of phosphor has already caused disruption in the production of many types of fluorescent light bulbs which is already causing delivery issues. Consumers will also experience price increases for all styles from 10 to 50 percent or possibly more depending on how long the shortages continue.
At Light Bulb Market, we will stay committed to stocking as many Compact Fluorescent, UV and Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs as possible. Let us help you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lumens & Light Quality in Philips LEDs

There is lots of talk going on in the marketplace about LEDs and the quality of them and does it really matter from one brand to another.

The quality from one light bulb to another can certainly be seen by a normal homeowner. Light Bulbs are a delicate item. There are defective ones. There are generic brands. All the big brands are in the game. All in all though, there is a difference in quality. Buying the cheapest no name light bulb is not always going to be the best bet for you!

We've been getting questions lately about the lumen output and light quality of the Philips LED bulbs. Because these bulbs are rated to last 40,000 hours, there is not data for the life of the bulb yet.

A January 2011 report of 10 bulbs at 3000 hours showed that there was no lumen depreciation and no color shift at that time. So, that is very good!!! This test was based on the Luxeons Royal Blue which is part of the interior technology of the Endura LED lamps. Then at 6000 hours the luxeon LED's inside the Endura perform at 99% which far exceeds the requirements set by Energy Star!

Energy Star requirements are only 91.80 for residential and 94.1% for commercial and outdoor residential. The rate in which a LED's color is effected is dependent on how the bulb is cooled.

Holly Eddins

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Depression and Light Therapy

First off we do not tout nor claim to be experts in this field. It is very technical, hard to conclusively determine and just plain out of our league.

Having gotten that out of the way, I read a very interesting article recently on using certain types of light and rhythms to combat the effects of depression. The article specifically dealt with elderly or folks over 60. I'm not sure I would consider that elderly these days but whatever.

It's not a conclusive test but it really goes deep in testing whether or not this idea is valid or not. Wanted to share it with our readers. Let us know your thoughts as well!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

60 Watt G25 Natural Light Philips Light Bulbs Discontinued

Another Natural Light Bulb has found itself on the delisted or discontinued list from Philips. The 60 Watt G25 is the most recent of those.

Currently, the 40 watt G25 Natural Light Globe Light Bulbs are still available. Depending on when you are reading this, please check the link above to see if they are still around.

Customers who have used these bulbs really love the natural light that they emit. We hear things like, "I love putting on my makeup in a bathroom with these lights because when I get outside, I know what I'm going to look like." And "I love using these in my closet as I can tell what clothes actually match each other." And "These bulbs make the paint that I painted my rooms with look like they are suppose to!"

We have no idea as to why Philips is no longer producing these bulbs. Most likely is because they are the dreaded incandescent bulb. But we really don't know. All we know is there is still an option for you if you can go with a lower wattage.

Holly Eddins

Monday, January 17, 2011

Philips 75 Watt Director Light Bulbs - Discontinued by Philips

Are you looking for the 75 Watt K19 Philips Director Light Bulbs? We were just informed today that these bulbs have been Delisted or Discontinued by Philips and no longer available. Bummer. These were a great solution to get higher wattage flood lights for the little bulbs.

What are your options? We still have in stock the 60 watt Director Light Bulb as well as the 40 watt Director bulbs and the 100 watt Director Light Bulbs.

We have no idea if the whole collection is at risk of being discontinued or not. Philips never releases this information before the bitter end. So, for the time being, all we know is that we still have stock in and can get the other wattages of Director Light Bulbs.

Holly Eddins

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lava Lamp Replacement Light Bulb Help

We've been getting a large number of calls with customers who are having a hard time with finding a bulb that will make their lava lamp perform properly. It use to be that many of the Lava Lamps called for 75 watt or even 100 watt R20 flood lights.

As part of a governmental regulation, these bulbs have been discontinued. Now, lava lamp lovers are in a bind. There really is not a perfect replacement for the 100 watt R20 flood light. So, our recommendation is to contact the manufacturer of the lava lamp that you own. They know that the problem exists and will be able to tell you what bulbs you need to use now to activate your lava lamp!

Can't find the manufacturer? Go to the retailer where you bought the lava lamp and ask them about the bulbs or even for the manufacturer's information and let them know why. Retailers may not be readily happy to give out their factory's information.

Holly Eddins

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Philips Pink Softone Pastel Light Bulbs

We've had several folks to fall in love with the color that is put out by the Philips Pink Softone Light Bulbs. It's a bulb that has a soft pink finish to the bulb which casts off a very subtle pink to your light.

For some customers who purchased the bulbs prior to 2010, they might be disappointed with the color of the bulbs now. The beginning of 2010, Philips moved the manufacturing of these bulbs from Mexico to Indonesia and China. As a result, the color has changed just a bit. For new customers to this product, you will probably fall in love with them. But for customers who are attached to the finish achieved at the Mexico factory may not be so happy.

Just know that since the beginning of 2010 these bulbs have not been produced in Mexico and are no longer available anywhere.

Holly Eddins

Friday, November 12, 2010

Philips BR19 and BR25 Spot Lights Discontinued

I'm not sure if it was because of the Energy Conservation mandate or if it was just a product that Philips had delisted along the way. But, you will no longer be able to find any BR19 or BR25 Spot Light Bulbs from Philips.

These were great little bulbs because of their size and function. There are very few flood type bulbs that are as small as this one was. On top of that there are fewer incandescent light bulbs that act as spot lights! That's the real kicker in most cases.

So, where do you go from here? You have some decisions to make. Do you want to stick with an incandescent but you don't need a "spot" light? If so and you were using the BR19, you might consider the R20 Flood Lights or the K19 Director Light Bulbs. Both are very close in size. They don't look anything like what you've been using but there is nothing out there like the bulb we show here to the left. If you were using the BR25 bulb, your options are not as clear cut. It really depends on the size of your fixture as to which direction you can go. Contact us at Light Bulb Market and we can help you sort it out.

If a "spot" is really what you were going for, you are going to be forced to look at halogen bulbs. And the closest thing you are going to get to a spot in the size that you need is a PAR 20 Spot Light Bulb. Again, it is going to look totally different and is going to be about 3/4" shorter than what you are using above (BR19) but it's a spot...... If you were using a BR25 and you need a spot, you can consider the previous item or a PAR 30S Spot Light Bulb which is going to be 5/8" wider and 1/2" shorter. Or you can consider the PAR 30L Spot Light Bulb which is going to be again 5/8" wider and 3/8" longer than the BR25.

Bottom line there isn't a perfect replacement and it's going to be a tough decision....unfortunately.

Holly Eddins

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hz in Relation to Light Bulbs

We often get calls from customers who want us to confirm what Hz a bulb is or needs when researching what they need. In general any bulb being sold on the shelf or on the web in the US is going to work in the US. Honestly, we don't even advertise Hz on our website because the bases are different depending on if a bulb is made for the US or Asia so you don't need to be as concerned what the Hz is. It's if you are crossing the border that you need to be aware of and concerned with the Hz.

US is 60 Hz and Europe & Asia are 50 Hz. Beyond that there are many other variables that you might need to detect to find the correct bulb. But when it comes to Hz, anything 60 Hz will work here at home!

Holly Eddins

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Philips 50 Watt BR19 Light Bulbs are Discontinued

It is quite unfortunately that these bulbs got caught up in the Energy Bill passed in 2005. These 50 watt BR19 bulbs were unique as they were an incandescent that were also a spot light bulb. There are not very many incandescents that are manufactured to be a spot light.

So, what can you do? There are really only 2 options and neither are perfect so you'll need to decide what is most important.

First, there is a 45 watt R20 incandescent light bulb. The shape is similar. They only have 5 less lumens than the 50 watt BR19 and that's not each to tell the difference. The R20 is only 3/16" shorter so the size is pretty similar. Biggest difference??? The R20 is a flood light where the BR19 was a spot light.

So, secondly, if you need a spot and aren't as concerned about the bulb being the same or similar, you can look at a halogen bulb. The 50 Watt PAR20 light bulb. The PAR20 bulbs are going to be 3/4" shorter than the BR19. The beam of spot is the same. 25 degree. The bulbs are very different. The halogen is a heavy bumpy glass to diffuse the lighting. Where the BR19 was a smoother lighter glass. The PAR20 is also going to be a brighter bulb. It has 530 lumens where the BR19 only had 385 lumens.

As you can see, neither is a perfect replacement. But they are the best options available.

Holly Eddins

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Introducing Philips DIMMABLE LED Light Bulbs

The time has arrived when Philips has brought the dimmable LED technology to the states. This technology has been present in European markets but only in the last several days have they been sold in the US.

Advances in the dimmable led light bulbs don't only include the fact that they dim but many of them are also brighter and provide a higher quality of light measured in CRI. The higher the CRI the crisper the light.

They still are not incandescents but when you look at the energy savings, the LED bulbs will be a fast replacement. Check out the following bulbs available currently in the Endura LED collection:

Holly Eddins

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Looking for the 40 Watt F10 1/2 Halogena' Philips Light Bulbs?

Well, we are too. In mid May, Philips ran out of their stock on these bulbs and no one seems to have these in stock any longer. At this point, we estimate that it will be anywhere from August of 2010 to October of 2010 before they come in stock.

It's a bummer but with large companies, there is no way to predict how production schedules are set and when items will arrive in the states and so on and so forth. These 40 Watt F10 1/2 Halogena' bulbs are great for chandeliers and sconces that have room for their size. And they are more energy efficient than their incandescent sister.

If you can wait, they will be totally worth the wait!

Holly Eddins