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