Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Lighting 2012 LED Roundup

Holiday lighting displays seem to outdo themselves every year. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, each December someone passes on a YouTube link to a bigger, better, more over-the-top light show. LEDs and increasingly elaborate control systems have made it easier and easier to get in on the fun. And if you’re like most of us, you probably think at some point while looking at these displays, “What must their electric bill be?” Well, there are reports of bills approaching six figures but it’s those aren’t LED lights, which can save substantially on energy costs.

Without further ado, here are just a few examples of some of the most impressive displays around the country.

Rochester, NY: We’ll start here in our own backyard. The Rochester area is full of great displays, including the famous Colony Lane Circle of Lights. As you can see from the link, residents around here go as all-out as anyone, and there are enough options to keep you busy through the entire holiday season.

Corpus Christi, TX: Another area with a seemingly endless list of houses and locations to visit to get in the holiday spirit. Lots of the houses showcased in the above link look like their owners put more do-it-yourself work into bringing their winter wonderlands to life.

Dyker Heights, NY: This area of Brooklyn is traditionally a destination for holiday visitors to New York City and residents alike. Scroll down in this link for a can’t-miss slideshow of just why that is.

Chesapeake, VA: We couldn’t help ourselves, we just loved this video. We hope you’re not sick of the song yet, and even if you are, you’ve never seen it quite like that. Perhaps the best part? The mastermind behind it says that since he switched to LEDs, his electric bill only goes up $75 for the month.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays from us here at Bulb Direct!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Staying Bright In the Classroom: Back-to-School Bulbs

Even for those non-teachers among us whose days of summer vacation are well past, September never really loses that subtle melancholy feeling. With the passing of Labor Day, barbecues and deck chairs get packed up, warm-weather gatherings are over, and if you’re lucky enough to have a summer house or rental, up go the shutters. But breathe in that newly-crisp air, and shake the sand out of your shoes one last time. There’s plenty to enjoy about autumn and winter. And for those of you who are heading back to a classroom, we’ve put together a list of all the illumination needs you may need to plan for – it goes beyond that overhead track lighting.

Overhead LCDs and LEDs: As we said, we’ll go beyond these – but it’s a great place to start. Making your LED or LCD switch now means that your institution will start energy savings now, and the light provided is often friendlier and more welcoming than the harshness of fluorescents – perfect for a learning environment.

Projector Bulbs: For Powerpoints and other presentations, it’s important to make sure that the projector is working and ready to go, otherwise that could mean a whole lesson plan delayed or down the tubes. Don’t forget, we have LCD projector bulbs available (!

Smartboard Bulbs: Smartboards are probably one of the greatest classroom advances of recent years, and also need bulbs to power their amazing interactivity and educational capabilities.

Microscope Bulbs: Biology classes won’t get very far without lights for their microscopes.

Be sure to comment below with any more classroom light bulb needs, or just your favorite back-to-school memories, and contact us with any questions.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bulb Direct Becomes Coveted ENERGY STAR Partner

Bulb Direct is happy and proud to announce that we’ve become a coveted ENERGY STAR retail partner.  Because we believe in energy efficiency and going green,  Bulb Direct decided to undertake the application process to gain this distinction.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This program is working to help individuals and businesses make wise choices when selecting products and services.  Finding the ENERGY STAR logo on a product gives you the assurances that they are adhering to energy efficiency standards and practices.  These decisions, we believe, will help the environment through increased use of energy efficient products and practices.
Per their website, through ENERGY STAR, Americans have saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars — all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.  The ENERGY STAR energy performance rating system will help Bulb Direct to measure our current energy performance, set goals for the future, and to track our savings.
One of the areas that Bulb Direct has been pushing forward is the knowledge that the use of fluorescent light bulbs can save on energy use.  Artificial lighting accounts for a large percentage of the electricity use in office buildings and homes, using compact fluorescent light bulbs can help to reduce this usage.  Be sure to purchase ENERGY STAR-rated light bulbs and fixtures that use less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they’re not needed.  Check out our website for a variety of energy saving options. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Medical Lighting that Lasts and Lasts

At Bulb Direct, we offer a full line of medical and scientific lamps from the best manufacturers in the business.  If you need a medical bulb for your practice, you know how important it is to have a high quality light source.  You also know how expensive it is to run a business or practice, and that every bit of money saved counts.  

By choosing to purchase LED medical bulbs, as opposed to the traditional halogen ones, you’ll be assured a bulb lifespan that is more than 10 times that of halogens.  LEDs can last up to 25,000 hours (while halogens typically last around 2,000 hours), which means that the higher prices of LEDs will be offset, and they will soon pay for themselves.  When your business is all about treating patients and curing illnesses, the last thing you want to worry about is if the bulbs within your medical equipment will last.  In fact, with LEDs, the bulbs will most likely last longer than the equipment they are in.  Choosing LED medical lighting means you’ll save money and the hassle of changing bulbs, and as a bonus, make a positive choice for the planet. 

Did you know that if a parent puts an LED light bulb in his or her newborn’s bedroom, it can still be going when they leave for college? We think that’s a pretty great example of the long-term benefits of LEDs, and what they can do for you.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Project Yourself

Advertising is as important to a business as are the quality of its products and the dedication of its workers.  A company is nothing if no one knows what it does.  These days, there are so many more methods of marketing than the old, traditional programs, and the best way to reach people is to boldly announce yourself wherever potential customers may be.  One of the most effective and easiest ways to do this is with a portable projector, displaying your images wherever you want people to see them: sides of buildings, walls, public transportation, conferences, events, and more.  

At Bulb Direct, we’re big fans of our supplier OsramSylvania gobo LED projectors, lightweight, powerful tools that display bright, crisp, vibrant images at distances from six to 20 feet.  They are silent, easily installed anywhere, have no UV/IR emissions and low heat output, and have do-it-yourself replacement gobos that can be printed out on transparencies.  Benefits of the LED bulbs include extremely bright, homogonously distributed light, projecting your desired image beautifully, and they are as intense as traditional bulbs, if not more so.  These superior projectors come with a mounting bracket, two gobo holders, sample gobos, and an unterminated 3-foot power cord, as well as a two year warranty.  

Choosing Osram Sylvania’s gobo LED projectors means displaying your business in the best possible light. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lighting the Way to Good Health

Bulb Direct can’t diagnose a sore throat or cure an ear infection, but we can give the doctor the right tools to light up the darkest places. Our complete line of medical and scientific replacement lamps include general lighting bulbs as well as specialty, miniature bulbs for examination equipment. As a full-service distributor of lighting, we carry a wide range of bulbs from major manufacturers, ensuring that we will have the bulb you need.

Our line of specialty bulbs is wide ranging. Specialized examination equipment such as ophthalmoscopes for eye exams, laryngoscopes for throat exams, endoscopes for upper GI tests, and otoscopes for ear exams, to name just a few, require very small and specialized replacement bulbs. You can be sure to find those in our stock too.  Dentists or dermatologists shouldn’t forget about us either! We carry bulbs for their specialized equipment as well.

Beyond specialty bulbs, our general lighting products also come into use in the medical industry: bulbs for overhead lighting fixtures will satisfy nearly any requirement of the medical community. We have bulbs for many types of equipment, including those designed to handle the workload of sensitive areas such as surgical suites. Many doctors rely on head lamps during examinations and surgeries and we have replacement bulbs for those items too. 

Carrying bulbs from all the major manufacturers enables Bulb Direct to be your one stop shipping distributor for all your replacement bulb needs. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Model LED Replacement Bulbs Offer Warm, Natural Home Lighting

With the phase-out of the traditional incandescent light bulb coming soon, LED replacement bulbs are a lighting choice of the future. They are energy efficient, long lasting, and are becoming more affordable. So, why are so many people resisting the changeover? One reason may be that the first LED replacement bulbs gave off a colder, bluish light, which was not at all attractive in home lighting. But all of that is changing with the evolution of LED replacement bulbs, and the newer models have solved the color degradation issue.

Manufacturers have taken on the challenge of making an LED replacement bulb that will satisfy consumers on all points. The choices in LED lighting have greatly expanded with bulbs that will fit standard light sockets, and a wide range of light sizes suitable for every room in the house, as well as outdoor lighting. Bulbs available today are also brighter and come in a choice of color outputs. The warm white option gives off a light that is pleasing, and closer to, if not indistinguishable from, the light we are used to from an incandescent bulb. Without the color distortion, the LED bulb is becoming mainstream.  And, it fits the bill for energy consciousness while still giving off a light we can look good in. 

The LED is getting ready to move in. From bright white to warm white, bulbs are available for every lighting taste. Visit our homepage and check out the newest LED warm white replacement bulbs.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Look For the Mark: Energy Star and Light Bulbs

Those Energy Star labels aren’t just for refrigerators! Did you know that light bulbs can be Energy Star rated as well? But not all of them are. Consumers looking for inexpensive alternatives in the course of making the shift to LEDs or CFLs may find themselves sold short by sacrificing quality for price. These bulbs are typically a bit more pricey than the incandescents and traditional fluorescents that buyers have grown used to, but they have two built-in benefits: with normal use, they can more than make up that difference in both longevity – meaning less frequent replacement; and energy efficiency, meaning lower power bills.

Energy Star bulbs are tested and certified to meet certain efficiency and lifespan requirements. If an unapproved, off-brand bulb burns out too soon, it’s not given a chance to pay back those extra dollars through 10 or more years of electric bill savings. Energy Star-approved bulbs also emit less heat, which can help lower home cooling costs. One further caveat: as newer bulbs hit the market, they may meet Energy Star standards, but not bear the approval yet. This is because bulbs need to be tested to meet minimum usage benchmarks, which for some of the latest models can reach into the hundreds of thousands of hours. This testing obviously can’t happen overnight, but once the standards have been met, these bulbs will receive approval. Your best bet? Visit our home page, and be sure to get in touch with any questions!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Earth Day and The July Bulb Switch

July is a way off, Earth Day is a bit closer, but it’s never too early to start planning – and we advocate energy efficiency year-round. Planning for what? As you’ve probably heard by now, you’ll be seeing some changes on the shelves when you shop for light bulbs, starting this summer. It’s a gradual phase-in, but something to be aware of. As a first step, companies will be ending production of traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs in July, meaning that some of your options will be changing shortly after that.

GE’s website has all you need to know about replacement options, and we’ll sum them up here.
  •  CFLs: Energy-efficient and long-lasting, these bulbs use 75% less power than incandescent.
  •  Energy-efficient Halogen/Incandescents: Meet federal standards for efficiency while providing the closest light output to old incandescent.
  • LEDs: Premium energy efficiency – these can last up to 22 years in your home!
Of course, we’re always here at Bulb Direct to answer any more questions you may have – just get in touch!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Big Move: Just Another Challenge

Stop by Bulb Direct’s warehouse on any given day any you’ll see that we’re not just in the illumination business, we’re in the problem solving business. A medical lab needs lamp replacements in 2 days, a retail outlet is interested in switching over to CFL lighting but wants to learn more, and a home contractor is asking what’s going to happen to their 60-watt bulbs come July. Oh, and it’s lunchtime and the office was expecting sandwiches. Luckily, that’s just another day on the job for us, and our experience and ingenuity allow us to usher each challenge through to a timely and successful completion. Which keeps everyone happy, from our surgical customers to our hungry workers.

Earlier this year, we faced a different kind of challenge: after years of growth, we’d finally outgrown the warehouse we had called home since 1996. It was time for a move. As you might imagine, moving office equipment, computers, and people is hard enough, but we had one other issue to deal with: transporting our full inventory of over 100,000 light bulbs from the old warehouse to the new one. Although the move was just a few miles, it might as well have been cross-country: there’s no halfway solution for transporting fragile light bulbs, whether three miles or 3,000. We came up with a few ideas, but nothing that seemed time-effective, cost effective, or bulb-protective enough.

That’s when Tom Taylor, our Shipping and Purchasing Manager stepped in. As you can imagine, the guy in charge of shipping and purchasing might know a thing or two about moving bulbs. And sure enough, Tom came up with the elegant solution that we ended up choosing: treat our inventory racks themselves as giant shipping modules, lining the shelves with the plastic air pillows that have replaced bubble wrap as the insulation of choice. This way, the bulbs were well-protected and kept intact, and we didn’t have to go through the trouble of taking bulbs from the shelf, packaging them, moving them, and then re-shelving them – which may have led to a few breakages before the move even started. Using Tom’s method, we moved the entire warehouse without breaking a single bulb!

As we’ve settled in to our new facility, we haven’t missed a beat, and as always, we’re here to answer all your lighting questions!