Monday, January 13, 2014

New Regulations End Incandescent Bulb Production

The lighting industry is starting off the New Year with new regulations. Some say it’s a funeral for the incandescent bulb and others say it’s a step forward for a “greener” environment—but the truth is that the production of incandescent bulbs has ended.

Despite having seven years to prepare, only four in 10 people in the U.S. knew the latest phase-out was coming, according to a survey from
Sylvania. The biggest changes have been recent: In 2013, the majority of 100- and 60-watt bulbs began to phase out, and as of Jan. 1, 2014, 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs are no longer in production.

This major change directly affects both our customers and us—and our most pressing concern is keeping our customers supplied with the lighting they need to keep their businesses running at peak performance. Bulb Direct currently has stock of incandescent bulbs in a wide variety of wattages and sizes. In addition, we have plenty of suitable replacements and are available to help guide you into the future of non-incandescent lighting.

While the transition may not be always easy, you can count on the experts at Bulb Direct to make it as smooth and cost-effective as possible. If you have any questions about purchasing incandescent bulbs or making the change to fluorescents or LED lighting please visit our website or contact one of our experts today.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hello… and Goodbye!

Every once in a while, we like to introduce the people “behind the scenes” here at Bulb Direct. This month, we’re pleased to announce the retirement of two of our long-term employees.

Tom Taylor has been with the company for 26 years. In that time, he has seen three changes of ownership and location. He’s also witnessed significant changes in lighting technology and has enjoyed countless hours commuting to work with his wife, Connie, the current Operations Manager of Bulb Direct. “I first learned all about what it took to put out our catalog,” says Tom, “and over the years, I’ve done everything from purchasing to shipping to fixing the toilets.”

Tom has appreciated the family atmosphere at Bulb Direct, particularly its relationship with VESID, a service that provides employment to those with long-term disabilities. “We’ve been able to bring people into our shipping department and give them the chance they needed,” he says.

Mauri Ramell started at Bulb Direct 21 years ago in customer service, bringing with her a background in credit and collections. She has long served as the Accounts Receivable/Credit Manager.

Like most people here, she does more than one job. “Almost all of us cross-train. When someone is on vacation or leaves the company, everything will continue to run smoothly,” says Mauri. When she first started at Bulb Direct, she continued her habit of talking to herself. “I was laughed at a lot,” she says, “and I even got company awards for my chatter. I just tell people that if I ask a question of myself, I’ll get the answer I want!”

In retirement, Tom plans to tackle a growing Honey Do list, hang around his neighbor’s shop, and travel. Mauri will winter in Florida, enjoy grandchildren in the Rochester area during the warmer months, and spend more time boating.

Best of luck to you both, and thank you for so many years of dedicated service! 

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Tom Taylor and Mauri Ramell