Thursday, February 23, 2017

How Many Lumens Do I Need?

Watts measure the amount of energy that is required to produce light, whereas lumens measure the amount of light that is emitted from a source. Lumens are the newest unit of measurement for light bulbs.

Lumens equals brightness and watts measure energy use, not light output. With new, energy-efficient LED technology, we can no longer rely upon wattage to indicate how bright a bulb is.

If you are asking yourself "Why would I want a brighter bulb?" well, in the case of a floor lamp or an overhead fixture, a brighter bulb means more Lumens per square foot. With more Lumens per square foot in your room, you may not need extra lighting.

This does not mean to go out and buy a 1,000-Watt LED bulb to light your living room. It just means a 75-Watt or 100-Watt LED could reduce the number of light sources needed in each room of your home. Eliminating extra lighting in your home means less power used and less money spent.

Lumens
45080011001600
Standard40W60W75W100W

Incandescents









New Halogen29W43W53W72W

Incandescents









CFLs9W14W19W23W









LEDs4-8W8-13W11-15W16-20W
 
To know the right light bulb for your space, view the preferred wattage on the Lumens Watt Equivalency Comparison Chart provided above.



Not sure what light bulb is perfect for your space? Maybe these will help!
- Standard Incandescents: 20T6.5/CL | 60A/RVL
- New Halogen Incandescents: FCS-OS | ENX-OS
- CFL: F05BX/SPX27 | DT7/65
- LED: LED9A19/DIM/827K | 9.5A19/OMNI/4K New Product!

Make finding light easier with Bulb Direct. Bulb Direct is lighting the way. Don’t be left in the dark. Check us out at http://www.bulbdirect.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1-800-772-5267 or you can email us at sales@bulbdirect.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February is National Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. 

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To lower your risk:

- Watch your weight
- Quit smoking/stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Get active and eat healthy

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Bulb Direct is proudly participating in American Heart Month by donating money to the American Heart Association. With increased awareness, we can help prevent heart disease.

To find details about events in your area, please go to https://www.heart.org.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SAD and Bat Behavior

Lighting, Health, and Behavior: What You Didn’t KnowIt’s easy to take sunlight for granted until there’s less of it. For those in northern climates, the dark days of winter can take a toll. And who knew that energy-saving LEDs can have a significant effect on bats – and consequently, on the insect populations they help control.

This month, we’re looking at how light influences the health and behavior of humans and animals alike. Read on!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Feeling down? It may not be cabin fever, but a very real condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Lack of sunlight can affect mood, energy, and even weight gain.

SAD isn’t completely understood, and it’s best to consult your doctor if you’re concerned. It’s believed that less natural sunlight may cause the brain to create less serotonin, which helps regulate mood. Filling your indoor spaces with the appropriate lighting can help alleviate the effects of SAD.

Rather than suffer through months of dark days, why not try your own version of light therapy? Full-spectrum bulbs span all colors of the rainbow and contain infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. They closely imitate the natural sunlight that’s in such short supply up north.

Full-spectrum bulbs offer a broad range of color temperatures compared to other bulb types. We recommend this line of bulbs for that mid-winter boost:

- CHROMALUX 150A21 / FR3-WAY 12151
- CHROMALUX 150A21 / FR 120V 62-D2 11150
- 40G25 / C / RVL 48694 120V 40W 1500hrs

  
Bats Gone Batty
Ever wonder why insects are attracted to streetlights? It has to do with the nature of the light they give off. Traditional streetlights emit a broad spectrum of light, including ultraviolet, which attracts insects - and the bats that eat bugs for dinner.

As many municipalities switch to LED streetlights, bat behavior has changed. LEDs don’t emit ultraviolet light. Researchers wanted to learn more.

By recording bat echolocation sounds from equipment placed on LED streetlights in six German cities, scientists discovered that some bat species weren’t affected by LEDs, but others hung around the lights half as often as when the lights housed other types of bulbs. Bats that were sensitive to light came to visit LED streetlights four times as often. According to lead scientist Christian Voigt, “…bats which are sensitive to light might benefit from the increasing use of LED, but opportunistic species will suffer from it.”

What’s the upshot? Using more LEDs in streetlights may attract more insects, including mosquitoes, moths, and beneficial pollinators. But the ecological effect isn’t clearly understood, and the issue is being investigated further.

To learn more, click here.



A better mood could be a light bulb away? Make finding light easier with Bulb Direct. Bulb Direct is lighting the way. Don’t be left in the dark. Check us out at http://www.bulbdirect.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1-800-772-5267 or you can email us at sales@bulbdirect.com 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New language of LEDs

Walk into any big-box store and you’re likely to see a wall of lightbulbs. With the move toward energy-efficient LED lighting, the new language on packaging can be more confusing than ever.

Consumer Reports recently ran an article that demystified LED terms. One of the points of confusion is that LED packaging is not uniform, so we’ll look at a couple examples.

At the right, the packaging gives a few important bits of information:

      Lumens – The brightness of the bulb, which used to be measured in watts. With LEDs, 1600 lumens deliver the brightness of a 100-watt bulb, 1100 lumens equate to a 75-watt bulb, and 800 lumens is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb.
      Life – LEDs don’t usually burn out over time, but they fade in intensity. When its light is decreased by 30%, it’s at the end of its useful life, which is listed on the package.
      Energy Used – Watts is a measure of energy, and LEDs are clear winners. Notice on this package that a 750-lumens LED uses just 13 watts to deliver the same light as a 60-watt incandescent.

To help consumers understand LEDs, some packages list the “watt replacement” value on packaging, as shown here.

You may also see other valuable information, such as:

LED Light Bulbs
      Energy Star – Energy Star products meet stringent federal guidelines for energy efficiency and may qualify for utility rebates. LEDs with an Energy Star rating are also warrantied to last longer than three years.
      Mercury Free – No LEDs contain mercury, but CFLs do. Although it’s only a small amount, be sure to recycle CFLs as you would any hazardous material.
      Direction – LED bulbs typically shine light in a specific direction unless otherwise noted. Omnidirectional bulbs are well-suited for A-type bulbs used in lamps.
      Color Rendering Index (CRI) – CRI indicates how accurately colors are rendered by a bulb. Although halogen bulbs are the most accurate in rendering color, most LEDs and CFLs test well.



Still confused about how to choose the right LED? Make finding light easier with Bulb Direct. Bulb Direct is lighting the way. Don’t be left in the dark. Check us out at www.bulbdirect.com 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1.800.772.5267 or you can email us at 
sales@bulbdirect.com