Monday, August 31, 2009

Can I put a Compact Fluorescent in my shower?

If your fixture is a newer fixture in your shower or in any place that gets a fair amount of moisture, you can use a compact fluorescent inside it. It needs to be a sealed fixture with a cover over the bulb.

Now, it's important to know that if you leave the light on all day or all the time, it will build heat inside the fixture and thus will shorten the life of the bulb.

It's fine to use these bulbs when you are turning them on and off for showers but not so good in enclosed fixtures that you plan to leave on all day.

Holly Eddins

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Looking for an Infrared Flood Light to enhance my Security System.

We have a customer who recently contacted us and was looking for an infrared light bulb to enhance the vision of their infrared security cameras.

All of the infrared bulbs that we are familiar with made by Philips are incandescent and are manufactured to provide heat like for warming puppies and kittens or sauna applications. They are incandescent light bulb and will put out heat as part of their function.

We recommend contacting your security camera manufacturer. Chances are they make a fixture that you can install that will enhance the vision of their cameras.

Holly Eddins

Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm looking for a Philips 13568Y/00.....

The Philips Quartz Infrared Heat Light bulbs - Ordering code 13568Y/00. These are 1600 watt, 144 volt, t3 bulbs with caps on each end and a wire that extends from the side of each cap. It was available in clear and reflector finishes.

Unfortunately, these bulbs are discontinued and no longer available through Philips. Our best guess is that they are making these bulbs and selling them solely to the manufacturers of the equipment that uses them. You should contact the manufacturer of the equipment you are using for the bulbs.

Holly Eddins

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Where can I find an E27 base 220-240 light bulb?

Any light bulb that says it has an E27 base or if it's in the range of 220 to 240 volts is a European light bulb. A regular medium base in America is called an E26 base and our voltage runs more in the range of 120 to 130 volts. Light Bulb Market works with international importers who can obtain those European bulbs for you. If they don't stock them currently in the states, they can be ordered in case quantities. Call them for help.

Holly Eddins

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Does Philips make a PL-L Grow Light Bulb

Does Philips make a Plug In PL-L Grow Light Bulb? No. Unfortunately, Philips doesn't make any plug in light bulbs that are grow lights.

Holly Eddins

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What is an E26 Base?

An E26 base is commonly referred to as a Medium Base. There are many light bulbs across all types of bulbs that are made of a Medium or E26 base. But just know that the 2 terms are interchangable.

Holly Eddins

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What BT15 Light Bulbs come in a Clear Finish?

Philips BT15 Halogena light bulbs come in various wattages. But not all wattages come in both white (shown here) and clear finishes. Only the 60 and 55 watt bulbs come in a clear finish. All other watts only come in this white finish: 70, 75, 95, 100 and 150 watts.

All BT15 Philips Halogen bulbs last for an average of 3000 hours and are 120 volts.

Holly Eddins

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Philips MR LED Light Bulbs

Philips MR LED Light Bulbs that are designed to fit into MR15 fixture and sockets are now available in the states. This is Philips Essential White Series or eW Series.

These bulbs feature are manufactured in 10 and 25 degree beam angles. One would be considered a narrow spot and the other a narrow flood. They also come in two different kelvin: 2700K with 70 CRI and 4200K with 76 CRI.

These MR16 bulb types have a GU5.3 base (Standard MR 16 bi-pin connectors). Their lumens range from 37 to 66 which would be the equivalent to a 20 watt regular MR16. It's The width of these guys is 2" and Overall length is 2.1".

The biggest feature of these is the life span. They will on average last 50,000 hours. That is 10 to 17 times a halogen MR16 average rated life. Considering the cost of both and the life span the cost is about the same. Where you'll see savings is in energy costs and in replacement costs/your time.

Holly Eddins

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why do Light Bulbs come in different colors?

Light Bulbs come in different colors for different taste or lighting needs of consumers. Incandescent light bulbs come in the following: clear, natural light, soft white, inside frost, softone pastel, agro, colored and silicone or tough coated.

Clear bulbs are simply clear glass bulbs. Clear bulbs provide sparkle and reflect nicely off mirrored or chrome surfaces. Soft White light bulbs reduce that glare and provide a diffused illumination. Frosted light bulbs have an inside frost finish on the glass which reduces glare.

Philips Softone pastel finishes provide a hint of color in the room to create a specific mood. Natural Light Philips bulbs provide a light that allows you to see the true color of clothes or furnishings. Colored bulbs are used to create a festive or party atmosphere.

Some incandescents are specifically designed to promote plant growth by producing the appropriate light spectrum for plants to thrive. Silicone or Tough coated bulbs are designed to be shatter proof. It gives the bulbs a little more stability so that they don't break as easily.

Most folks will be using light bulbs described in the first paragraph. We wanted to give you the knowledge you need to make the best decision on the color of light bulb you need/want.

Holly Eddins