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.