Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Decoding an LED Bulb

Ever wonder what the LED bulb code means? Let us help you break it down.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Considering LED Tubes to Optimize Plant Growth?

If you are considering LED tubes to optimize plant growth, choosing the correct light source for your needs is essential. And as we all know, natural sunlight is the cheapest source available, however for the horticulture industry, it is not always attainable in sufficient quantities. Therefore, the use of artificial light has become very common in order to increase crop production and quality.

LED lights is a flexible and efficient way to give your plants and crops the light they need to grow. LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) is said to boost productivity in greenhouse and plant-factory operations and reduce energy consumption. LED sources can produce light at the specific wavelengths that optimize plant growth, and a number of universities and commercial enterprises worldwide are pursuing further research on the topic.

Growers like Sustainable Local Foods use LED lighting to produce plants year round while keeping costs down.

How can LED lighting add value to your crops?
- Increased production
- Shortening of the total growth cycle
        - Better plant uniformity
        - Better space utility
- Improved plant quality
- Energy savings
- Better germination rate
- Higher multiplication factor
- Higher survival rate in rooting
- Improved/controlled stretching process
- Accelerated hardening phase

All of which can result in increased profit for you!

View our Grow Lights that are ready to ship!

Because LED technology is ever changing we many not have any listed on our website at this time. Please contact our exceptional sales team to find the right bulb to fit your growing needs at: 1-800-772-5267


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Plant Grow Lights: Which Kind to Choose

Grow lights make it easy to grow plants indoors, and luckily there are many grow light systems to choose from. All are helpful, but each type of grow light offers advantages and disadvantages. Use the guide below to select the best grow light for your needs!

HID Plant Grow Lights
The brightest grow lights are high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. They can be installed anywhere in your home, garage, or greenhouse to supplement existing light, and they can serve as the sole source of light for your plants.

These bulbs pass electricity through a glass or ceramic tube containing a mixture of gases. The blend of gases determines the color of the light given off by each type of lamp. HID lights are twice as efficient as fluorescent lamps; one 400-watt HID lamp emits as much light as 800 watts of fluorescent tubing. All HID lights can run on regular 120-volt household current but they require special fixtures with ballasts.

There are two categories of HID lamps: metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS). Both emit a much more intense light than fluorescent bulbs, which also pass electricity through a gas-filled tube.

MH bulbs emit light that's strongest at the blue end of the spectrum. It's a stark, cool white light that produces compact, leafy growth. Because the light does not distort the colors of the plants and people it illuminates, this type of plant grow light is a good choice for a light display in a living area.

Agrosun gold halide bulbs are color-corrected to give off more red/orange light than regular metal halides. This helps boost flowering in addition to supporting compact foliar growth. Halide bulbs should be replaced about once a year.

HPS bulbs last slightly longer and should be replaced every 18 months. They emit light strong at the red/orange end of the spectrum, which promotes flowering. However, HPS lighting may also produce leggy growth unless used together with daylight or a metal halide system.

High-Intensity Fluorescent Grow Lights
High-intensity fluorescent bulbs are also an excellent choice. Fixtures resemble those of HID bulbs, but they are less expensive, and cool and warm bulbs are available that fit in the same ballast. Choose according to which light is more appealing to your eye.

Fluorescent Grow Lights
Traditional fluorescent tubes are the most economical choice if you're going to use grow lights. They can be used in inexpensive shop light fixtures or multi-tier growing carts.

The light produced by fluorescent tubes is much less intense than the other choices, so you are more limited in what you can grow. If you're just trying to supplement natural light rather than replace it, fluorescent light may be a good option.

Fluorescent tubes come in cool, warm, or full-spectrum. Light from cool tubes has a blue cast, while warm tubes emit a pink/white light. Full-spectrum tubes closely approximate the color of natural daylight. Full-spectrum bulbs are a bit more expensive but many growers consider them worth the price since the color of the light doesn't distort the color of your plants.

Less light is emitted from the ends of the fluorescent tubes than from the center. Plants with lower light needs should be placed under the 3 inches of tube at either end of the fixture.

Fluorescent tubes should be replaced every 18 months if they are being used approximately 16 hours per day.

LED Grow Lights
LED grow lights have been proven to produce larger crop yields and decrease time until harvest, all on top of reducing energy up to 70%.

LEDs provide the perfect lighting for all types of plants and flowers allowing the grower to adapt the light exactly to the needs of various crops, in different cycles, promoting healthy plant growth.

The connection between LED lighting and commercial growers of flowers and vegetables appear to be a perfect match. Whether in a greenhouse setting requiring supplemental light or an indoor setting relying completely on artificial light, electricity cost for horticultural lighting has been the major expense for farmers.

LED grow lights are very simple to install and typically have a 50,000-hour life span, with zero maintenance, which means you won't need to change lamps. Additionally, you don’t need to remove the waste heat generated from the ballast when growing with LEDs.

The initial cost of an LED grow light is considerably more than an HPS or MH grow light, but factoring in all of the benefits, LEDs are a better investment.

Check out the Grow Lights we have in stock:
- 50R20/PL
| 120V | 50W | E26 Medium screw base | R20 shape | Reflector

- 60A19/PG | 120V | 60W | E26 Medium screw base | A19 shape 

Can't find what you're looking for? Call 1-800-772-5267 and ask one of our sales people to help. No matter the kind of light bulb you're looking for, you're likely to find it at Bulb Direct.  

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips to Save You Energy

Looking to Spring clean your home to save energy and cash?
Saving on energy is really that easy! Here are 10 tips to do just that.

1. Dust your light bulbs. 
Over time, dust buildup on light bulbs makes your home appear dimmer than it actually is. Dust them off, and you may be able to use less light.

2. Let the light in. 
With more hours of daylight, you can use natural light from the sun to brighten your home for longer.

3. Upgrade your lighting. 
LEDs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and can last 20 times longer, according to ENERGY STAR. Plus PPL Electric Utilities customers can get instant discounts on light bulbs at participating retailers. We recommend your standard household LEDs:

- LED8.5A19/F/850
- LED9A19/DIM/827K
- LED9.5A19/OMNI/3K

4. Clean inside and out. 
We all want the inside of our fridge to be clean, but don’t forget the outside, too. Check that the area behind your fridge is free of dust or other obstructions. Make sure there is space between the fridge and the wall so that air can circulate. If you have an older refrigerator, clean the refrigerator coils to help it run more efficiently.

5. Recycle your old fridge. 
If you have a spare refrigerator in the garage or basement, you could be wasting $150 in electricity a year, according to ENERGY STAR. And fridges and freezers from the 1970s cost 4 times more to operate. Is there an old model draining the budget in your house?

6. Take a breath of fresh air. 
As the weather begins to warm up, open your windows to cool your home if your health permits you to do so. You’ll save money on air conditioning.

7. Install new filters. 
Inspect, clean or change the air filters every month in your heat pump, central air conditioner or furnace. Some room air conditioners have filters that need to be cleaned or changed as well. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

8. Add some shade. 
If planting is part of your spring plans, consider using plants to provide shade to your home or to help insulate your house. When choosing a spot to plant your tree, make sure it will have plenty of room to grow to full maturity. That includes how close it is to a power line. If you’ll be digging, be sure to call 811 three business days beforehand. Utilities will mark the location of any underground electric, gas or cable lines.

9. Save your seals. 
If you have a sliding door that goes outdoor, make sure the track is clean. Dirt and debris can damage the seal, which would allow cool air or heat to escape your home all year long.

10. Get a professional opinion.
Sign up for a home energy audit or survey to get customized advice to save energy at your home.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Decode a Light Bulb

Ever wonder what a bulb code means? Let us help you break it down.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Want To Improve Your Photography? Here are 10 Photography Lighting Tips & Facts To Do Just That!

 1. The broader the light source, the softer the light.
What does this mean? Well, any source of broad light will minimize shadows, reducing the contrast and suppressing texture. A narrow light source does the opposite. This is because, with a broad source, light rays hit your subject from more directions, which tends to fill in shadows and give more even illumination to the scene.

Tip: Position a portrait subject near a large, bright window that does not receive direct sunlight.

2. The closer the light source, the softer the light.
And well, the farther the source, the harder the light. If you move the light farther away, you make it relatively smaller, and therefore more narrow.

Tip: When photographing people indoors by available light, move lamps closer to them or vice versa for more flattering light.

3. Diffusion scatters light, essentially making the light source broader and therefore softer.
When clouds drift in front of the sun, shadows get less distinct. Add fog, and the shadows disappear. Clouds, overcast skies, and fog act as diffusion—something that scatters the light in many directions. On overcast or foggy days, the entire sky, in effect, becomes a single very broad light source—nature’s softbox. 

Tip: Materials such as translucent plastic or white fabric can be used to diffuse a harsh light source. You can place a diffuser in front of an artificial light, such as a strobe. Or, if you're in bright sun, use a light tent or white scrim to soften the light falling on your subject.

4. Bouncing light acts as diffusion.
Try aiming a narrow light source at a broad, matte surface—such as a wall or ceiling. It not only reflects the light but also diffuses it by scattering it over a wider area.

Now use a shiny reflector. What happens?
The light will stay fairly narrow on the bounce. The most extreme type of shiny reflector—a mirror, will keep the light focused pretty much as narrowly in the reflection.

Tip: Crumple a big piece of aluminum foil, spread in out again, and wrap it around a piece of cardboard, shiny side out. It makes a good reflector that’s not quite as soft in effect as a matte white surface—great for adding sparkly highlights.

5. The farther the light source, the more it falls off— gets dimmer on your subject.
The rule says that light falls off as the square of the distance. That sounds complicated, but isn’t really. If you move a light twice as far from your subject, you end up with only one-quarter of the light on the subject.

In other words, light gets dim fast when you move it away— something to keep in mind if you’re moving your lights or your subject to change the quality of the light.

Also remember that bouncing light—even into a shiny reflector that keeps light directional— adds to the distance it travels.

Tip: Set your camera’s flash (pop-up or hot-shoe) to fill flash for outdoor portraits on harshly lit days. This will lighten shadows on your subject’s face but won’t affect the background exposure—it will fall off by then.

6. Light falloff can be used to vary the relationship between the light on your subject and your background.
If you place a light close to your subject, the falloff from the subject to the background will be more pronounced. Move the light farther from your subject, and the background will be relatively brighter.

The same holds true for sidelighting: With a light close to the side of your subject, the falloff of light across the frame will be more pronounced than if the light is farther away. 

Tip: If your subject is frontlit by windowlight, keep the person close to the window to make the room’s back wall fall off in darkness. If you want some illumination on the wall, though, move the person back closer to it and away from the window.

7. Frontlighting de-emphasizes texture; lighting from the side, above, or below emphasizes it.
 A portraitist may want to keep the light source close to the axis of the lens to suppress skin wrinkles, while a landscapist may want side lighting to emphasize the texture of rocks, sand, and foliage. Generally, the greater the angle at which the light is positioned to the subject, the more texture is revealed. 

Tip: To retain detail in your fluffy pet’s fur, position the light source somewhat to the side rather than straight on. 

8. Shadows create volume.
That’s how photographers describe three-dimensionality, the sense of seeing an image as an object in space, not projected on a flat surface.

Again, lighting from the side, above, or below, by casting deeper and longer shadows, creates the sense of volume. Still-life, product, and landscape photographers use angular lighting for this reason. 

Tip: Try “Hollywood lighting” for a dramatic portrait. Position a light high above and slightly to the side of your subject, angled down, but not so much that the shadow of the nose falls more than midway down the upper lip. 

9. Backlight can be used as highly diffused lighting.
Very few subjects are totally backlit, that is, in pure silhouette, with no light at all falling from the front. A person with his back to a bright window will have light reflected from an opposite wall falling on him. Someone standing outside with her back to bright sunlight will have light falling on her from the open sky in front of her. In either case, you’ll need to increase exposure to record the light falling on the subject—and this light will deemphasize facial texture and dimensionality.

Tip: For spark in a backlit portrait or silhouette, try compositions that include the light source. This can drive your meter crazy, though, so bracket your exposures.

10. Light has color, even when it looks “white.”
This is called color temperature, and our eye/brain computer is very adept at adjusting our perception so that we hardly notice it. Digital sensors and film, though, may record color casts where our eyes didn’t see them.

The color of early morning and late afternoon sunlight is warm in tone, while open shade at midday can be quite bluish. Tungsten light bulbs cast very yellow light. And any surface that light bounces off can add its color.

With digital cameras, you can use the white-balance control to neutralize color casts or to emphasize them—for example, to add a warmer tone to a landscape or portrait. With slide film, you had to choose the right film for the light you’d be shooting in, or compensate with filters.

Tip: Landscapes shot on clear days can be very blue, especially in the shadows. Set your camera’s color balance to Cloudy, which acts as a warming filter for a more golden glow.

The three main types of studio lights are Florescent, LED and Tungsten.
Florescent: These lights are energy efficient but give off a relatively low output of light, usually around 60-100 watts. The bulbs are readily available, cheap and easy to replace.

LED: LED lights are very energy efficient and produce very little heat. They are composed of lots of small “light emitting diodes” (LEDs) and generally last a long time.

Tungsten: Tungsten (or “tungsten halogen”) lights offer the highest output levels but also generate a lot of heat. The bulbs are fairly inexpensive to replace but can change color temperature if brightness levels are adjusted.

For Florescent Lights, We Recommend: 95-FO17/950/24-OS
- T8
- Color temp: 5000k
- CRI > 90
- 17W
- Medium Bipin Base

Click here for the Sylvania Florescent Lamp

For LED Lights, We Recommend: LED7WBR20
- 7W
- 120V
- Color temp: 4000K
- 550 Lumens
- Dimmable

Click here for the EiKO LED Lamp

For Tungsten Lights, We Recommend: EPN-US
- 35W
- 12V
- GZ6.35 base
- MR16 shape

Click here for the Ushio Tungsten Halogen Lamp

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

We Can Now Ship 48" or Larger Tubes

Behind the scenes here at Bulb Direct, our team has been beavering away on trying to provide the best for our customers. We've been listening to you and now have the capacity to ship select 48" or larger tubes. Whether switching from older options or replacing current LED lights, we've got your back!

While the T8 model of lights were originally introduced as fluorescent lighting, we are seeing the benefits of using newer LED T8 lamps instead of the more traditional option. There are many ways businesses can reap the benefits of choosing LED lamps outside of the "saving money and time" and that is through Green Productivity. For businesses concerned with their carbon footprint, LEDs have a major advantage thanks to their incredible energy-efficiency capabilities. Unlike incandescent bulbs that contain mercury, LEDs can also be recycled.

Consumer demand for quality LED replacement products has encouraged the lighting industry and companies like ours to change. Much of this development was due to building and facility managers looking for ways to replace problematic fluorescent tubes with energy-saving, long life solutions. LED fluorescent replacement tubes allow for replacing linear fluorescent tubes, commonly referred to as T8/T10/T12.

These larger tubes are ideal for replacing overhead lighting, upgrading existing retail fixtures, signage, and for custom lighting accents.

We Recommend: HN - Helen Lamp T5HO
Socket Type: T5 - Fixture with Bi-Pin G5 T5 sockets
Power Supply: D - Supports electronic T5 fluorescent ballast
Dimension: 48" Tube
Lamp Wattage: 25W - Replaces 54W, 4ft T5HO Fluorescent Lamp

Features & Benefits
- Directly replaces 54W 4ft T5HO fluorescent lamps
- Supports plug-and-play ballast-driven installation                                 
- Delivers over 3,000 lumens of usable light

- Excellent light quality - CRI>80
- 50,000 hours life
- 5-Year Warranty

We Recommend: Linear T8 Direct
Base: G13

Dimension: 48" Tube
Lamp Wattage: 17W 

Equivalent Wattage: 32WInput Line Voltage: Ballast Dependent     

Features & Benefits
- Dimmable                     
- Energy Saving 46%

- Excellent light quality - CRI>82
- 50,000 hours life                       
- 5-Year Warranty

We Recommend: LED T8 Ballast Bypass
Dimension: 48" Tube
Lumens: 1,800
Lamp Wattage: 15W
Equivalent Wattage: 32W
CCT: 4,000K

Features & Benefits
- O
perates on direct voltage 120-277v, by disconnecting and bypassing the ballast using non-shunted sockets only
- Ultra-high performance LEDs deliver 120 lpw
- Up to 50% instant energy savings
- Excellent light quality - CRI>80
- 50,000 hours life
- 5-Year Warranty 

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