Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stadiums Switching to LEDs

LEDs have been gaining momentum recently and as we’ve discussed in past blog posts, the advancements in technology are allowing for wider adapting. Homes and offices have been switching to LED lighting to take advantage of their benefits and now stadiums are also replacing lighting with LED bulbs. Viewers may have noticed a difference at this year’s Super Bowl that was lit entirely by LED fixtures. Additionally, the Seattle Mariners announced that they will install LED lights in their stadium, making them the first MLB team to do so.

Traditionally, stadiums have been lit by metal halide fixtures, which can take up to 20 minutes to warm up, one of the reasons attributed to the Super Bowl black out in 2013. Stadiums can also save money and become more energy efficient by switching to LED lights. Fans who watch the games on TV will also notice a difference from the switch to LED lights as they provide brighter, more uniform lighting to give viewers a clearer picture.

At Bulb Direct we stock bulbs from manufacturers such as Osram Sylvania, GE, EiKO, USHIO, and more. Companies that want to learn more about LED lighting options, visit our website. We also post more LED and lighting industry news on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Feeling Blue? Don’t be SAD!

It’s not news that much of the country has been suffering through one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. But if you’re feeling particularly down, it may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

The causes of SAD aren’t completely understood, but one theory is that a decrease in natural sunlight may cause the brain to create less serotonin, which helps regulate mood. People affected by SAD can be depressed, less energetic, fatigued, and prone to weight gain.

Although your doctor is the best authority on SAD, you might consider warming up your indoor spaces with the right light bulbs. Light therapy has been proven to assist in relieving the symptoms of SAD.

One characteristic of any light bulb is its warmth, which is measured on the Kelvin scale. The lower the number, the “warmer” the color, and the more it will have a yellow/red cast to it. Higher color temperatures have a bluer cast.

The traditional incandescent bulbs we’re all familiar with offer a low, warm light of around 2700K, depending on wattage. This compared to the sun at noon, which measures 5500K.  

If you’re looking to imitate natural daylight in your home or office, you need a cooler light bulb, such as those offered by certain LEDs and full spectrum bulbs. A full spectrum bulb spans all colors, as in a rainbow, and contains infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. It closely imitates natural sunlight and can help in treating SAD.

As an added bonus, LEDs enable you to select from a much broader range of color temperatures as compared to other bulb types. We recommend these LED bulbs if you’re looking for a mid-winter boost:

You might also be interested in our full spectrum bulbs available here.

And best of all, spring will be here soon!

Don’t let winter get you down! Call Bulb Direct at 800-772-5267 for our broad-spectrum bulbs to brighten your mood.