Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bulb Direct Supports the National Kidney Foundation

At Bulb Direct we work hard for our customers but we also like to work hard to support causes that are important to us. We recently participated in the Kidney Walk for the National Kidney Foundation in Upstate and Western New York. The entire walk raised over $55,000 to support local programs and services and Bulb Direct was ranked as the 4th place fundraising team raising over $2,000.

To reach our fundraising goal  we employed some creative ideas over the month of September, including bake sales, a silent auction, can and bottle drive, a 50 50 raffle, hosted a Tastefully Simple party, candy sales, and of course received a lot of donations. We’d like to thank all of our walkers who helped to raise money to fight kidney disease, especially Maureen Hann who was able to bring in over $500 in donations.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Confused about Wattage? Here’s help!

In the days when incandescent bulbs were your only choice, a watt was just a watt. It was pretty easy to decide whether you needed a 40, 60, or 100 watt bulb.

But with newer energy-saving options, the game has changed. When you look at bulb specifications today, a watt in an incandescent is not the same as a watt in an LED or a watt in a CFL.

Why is this? And what does it mean?

First, wattage measures electricity, not brightness. A bulb’s brightness is measured in lumens. The more energy efficient the bulb is, the lower the wattage required for the same brightness compared to a less efficient bulb.

This chart shows just how much less electricity—wattage—is needed for different bulb types. As you can see, lower wattage bulbs deliver the same brightness—lumens—much more efficiently that their incandescent counterpart.

Brightness (lumens)
LED (watts)
CFL (watts)
Incandescent (watts)

Suppose you want to replace a 75 watt incandescent bulb with a CFL. As shown above, you would need an 18 to 25 watt CFL bulb to deliver the same brightness as your incandescent.

Using energy-efficient bulbs can make a big difference in our energy consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that if every household replaced a single incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR® LED or CFL, we could save nearly $700 million annually in energy costs.

Make the right choice with the right information! For help with all your light bulb needs, call us at Bulb Direct.