Light Bulbs

Our Range of Bulbs

As you know light bulbs come in all shapes and sizes and on this page there are many variations. All these lamps have been designed for a specific lighting purpose. For instance, GU10 flood lighting bulbs are used to illuminate displays. Candles are used for decorative lighting. Fluorescent tubes for large open areas and CFL light bulbs for amenity areas.

There are many other applications in which they can be used. And, these applications will increase and improve as new ranges are introduced. We believe it is very important to stock branded lamps. Because to us, quality and reliability are of the highest importance. (continued below)

Find Your Bulbs

Finding the bulbs you need is very easy. Even though many of the wide range available appear similar. Start by looking at the pictures in the boxes. You will eventually find the light bulbs or a resemblance to the light bulbs required. Then, you will see some information in the box to help you.

When you are sure you have found your bulbs, click on the picture. You will find one or more for you to choose. By clicking on the 'more button' you will find additional information to assist you. From the drop-down windows, there are several wattages and the shades of white of the lamps available. It's as easy as that.

The Better Option

More and more eco-friendly lamps are being introduced by the manufacturers. These new bulbs tend to steer towards low energy. There are some that remain in the standard format with reduced wattages. But, they have clear glass to increase light output. Generally, LED light bulbs are the better option. CFL light bulbs can also be used providing size is not an issue.

Low energy bulbs will use less power than low voltage bulbs. But only if, they are of equivalent brightness and they will last much longer. This means they will need to be changed far less frequently. So, where large quantities of lamps are in use, labor savings are possible.

Manufacturers like Osram Lamps and GE Lighting are two of the major brands that we stock. There are others that you will recognize such as Radium Lamps and Philips Lighting. They all produce quality products. They also provide the technical information that is sometimes required. I have listed the lamp groups that we stock below.

LED Light Bulbs

Are you thinking of replacing all your incandescent lamps with LED bulbs? The cost of LED light bulbs is now well within the reach of most people. Their price has dropped and they are now very affordable. LEDs do cost more than standard light bulbs but they are still a better buy.

There is no need to buy new light fittings for your new LEDs. Most homes and businesses will be keeping their existing lighting. It makes more sense to install LEDs into your old light fittings.

Most of the existing downlights and spotlights should be able to accept the new LEDs. If you like your existing light fittings there is no reason why you cannot keep them.

There is now an LED to replace the standard MR16, GU10, candle, reflector and others. They are exactly the same size, so you should have no trouble changing over. In most cases, remove your old light bulbs and replace them with LEDs.

Every LED bulb is available in two or three wattages. Although the wattages are tiny they will be able to match incandescent bulbs. You will be able to match their brightness, to the bulbs you are using now.

Replacing all your light bulbs with LEDs in one go could be expensive. That's regardless of whether you are a homeowner or a business owner. Changing one area at a time can help spread the cost.

Most people recognize the advantages of converting to LEDs. By changing to LEDs, light bulb maintenance and replacement would almost come to an end.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

LED energy saving lamps have become very popular, but CFL compacts are still a viable option. The wattage of the LED commercial compact is similar to the CFL commercial compact. So, the cost of running LED and CFL compacts is going to be about the same.

There are a couple of things worth considering before you decide which one is better for you. Although the LED commercial compact is expensive, it is environmentally friendlier. And, the LED compact will last over four times longer than the CFL compact.

If lamp changes are not an issue for you, CFL commercial compacts are the better choice. Although you will have to change them more often, they are much cheaper. By using CFL bulbs you can avoid what could be a substantial investment in LEDs.

CFLs may not last as long as LEDs but they do last longer than incandescent lamps. That means they will continue working for a considerable time before you need a lamp change. CFLs are perfect for buildings with a lot of lighting as they will reduce time spent on maintenance.

CFL bulbs have a proven track record for saving time and saving money. It is well known they will reduce the cost of your lighting bill. It can be by about 75% when compared with incandescent bulbs. And, CFLs have a life ten times longer than incandescent lamps. So, the period between changing CFLs will be ten times longer as well.

Fluorescent Tubes

Fluorescent tubes are popular for lighting wide open spaces. When used in fluorescent battens or recessed lighting they provide a good even light. They are able to light up the darkest of areas in offices, factories or warehouses.

There are four sizes of fluorescent tubes in use and they are T12, T8, and T5. There is also a T5 miniature for use in emergency lighting and sign lights etc.

All are available in several shades of white, two of which are very popular. They are the basic 'white' and the bright 'cool white'. These two colours will cover the needs of most people.

These days most of the fluorescent tubes in use are the T8 26mm diameter size. The T8 fluorescent tubes can be purchased in four wattages.

The four different wattages mean four different lengths. They are 18W (2ft), 36W (4ft), 58W (5ft) and 70W (6ft).

You cannot have a 36W tube and a 58W tube of the same length. If used for eight hours a day they should last for about six years.

There are two T5 energy saving fluorescent tubes. They are the High Output (HO) and High Efficiency (HE) tubes. The T5 High Output will emit twice as much light as a T8 tube.

The T5 High Efficiency is as bright as a T8 tube but employs fewer watts. The HO is available in five wattages and the HE in four wattages. If switched on for eight hours per day they will last for eight years.

The T5 miniature fluorescent tubes are very small tubes. They start at six inches and go up to twenty-one inches in length. They are designed to light notice boards, menus and display cabinets.

These mini tubes provide just enough light to illuminate small areas. There are four wattages in four different lengths. When in use for eight hours a day, every day, they will last approximately three years.

The T12 fluorescent tubes are old lighting technology. The T12 light fittings were discontinued years ago. But, the tubes are available as spares for re-lamping.

If you have trouble locating the tubes there are alternatives. Most T12 fluorescent fittings will accept the T8 fluorescent tubes.

Low Voltage Light Bulbs

We are all familiar with the MR16 51mm and MR11 35mm dichroic bulbs. The 51mm and 35mm is the distance across the glass lens of the bulb. This measurement is another way of helping you identify which light bulb you need.

They are both well known for their reliability. The filament of the MR dichroic is thicker and shorter than 230V light bulbs. That's one of the factors that helps give these low voltage lamps such a long life.

The MR16 and MR11 dichroic are identical except for their size. The MR16 is also available with an aluminium coating that reflects heat downwards. The standard dichroic light bulb allows the heat to rise through the back of the lamp. Choosing between the two will depend on where the lamps are being installed.

Standard MR16s are 20W, 35W and 50W, MR11s are 10W, 20W and 35W. They are both available with either a very narrow or very wide beam. That means you can highlight or floodlight any item in any room.

Low voltage light bulbs are also available in a capsule shape. They are the small G4 capsule and the larger GY6.35 capsule. They are used in very small downlights and decorative light fittings.

The capsule light bulbs look like tiny beads of glass but can be amazingly bright. As small as they are, their wattage can be as high as 100W. That's equal to most of the standard light bulbs we use in our homes and businesses.

 

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