Monday, July 13, 2015

Lighting For Your Health

We’ve already published a blog post about how light therapy can help improve your mood. Now lighting companies are finding new ways light can improve your health. GE recently announced that it will produce an LED bulb that changes colors. The different lighting will help to produce a more natural sleep cycle by producing light that matches natural circadian rhythm, with more blue tones in the morning to suppress melatonin and amber light at night to help users fall asleep. All of this will be automated through Apple’s HomeKit and bulbs should be available later this year.

Another connected bulb is the Silk lighting system. This bulb also boasts a design that promotes a natural circadian rhythm. This bulb will match the sun’s own color shift throughout the day and automatically calculates the perfect color temperature for the time of day. This connected bulb can be controlled through a mobile device, but can also be controlled through a traditional light switch.
Lighting Science Group also manufactures bulbs for specific times of day. The company not only believes that this type of biological lighting is better for  a person’s health, but also advocates for a change in the lighting industry. The company wants to warn consumers about the health consequences of being exposed to light at the wrong time of the day.

Another option is a full spectrum bulb, which spans all the colors and can imitate natural daylight. To learn more about full spectrum bulbs, visit our website. We also post more lighting industry trends on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Halogen Phase-out

You’ve likely heard about Federal regulations that have phased out the manufacture of incandescent bulbs. What you may not know is that halogen bulbs are also being regulated.

The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) phased in changes beginning in 2007 that required bulbs to be more energy efficient. Part of this act stated that any parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) or reflector bulb that generates 40 watts or more cannot be manufactured in the U.S.  That affected traditional halogen bulbs such as PAR38, PAR30 (short- and long-necked), BR30, BR40, and R20.

Consumers loved their halogens, and manufacturers listened. Now you have a whole host of newer generation PAR bulbs that meet the regulations. Consider some of the benefits of using halogens:
  • They are dimmable to 0% - a great feature for hospitality uses and dining rooms.
  • They’re mercury-free and need no special disposal.
  • Unlike CFLs, they’re “instant-on” – no warm-up time to come to full light.
  • Their color is extremely accurate according to the Color Rendering Index (CRI), which measures how well electric lights deliver color.
  • They can be used indoors or out if not directly exposed to the elements.
  • They are 41% more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  • Their upfront costs are about half those of LEDs.

About those shapes

The shapes of halogen bulbs are defined as A, B, G, R, and BR. Although it’s easiest to just check the halogen you’re replacing to find the right fit, you can’t do that if you’re replacing incandescents. At Bulb Direct, we can help you sort out the confusion over halogen bulbs so you get the right bulb for the right application.

Here are a few clues about halogen bulb shapes:
·        “A” bulbs offer omni-directional lighting. Osram Sylvania offers these in single (1000 hours), double (2000 hours), and triple (3000 hours) styles.
·        “BR” bulbs are reflective and provide directional lighting.
·        “B” and “G” bulbs are typically used for decorative purposes.

At Bulb Direct, we understand that the world of lighting can be confusing! We’re happy to help. Just contact one of our experienced service representatives at 1-800-772-5267