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Why We Love Light Bulbs
We are not just the number one stop online for modern lighting, we also offer a wide variety of light bulbs to meet any need you may have. Here you can shop for the right light bulb for your fixture by the light source or by the actual type of bulb. We offer a wide variety of light bulbs including incandescent, fluorescent and halogen, as well as the latest and greatest in LED bulbs. Light up your fixture with just the right type of bulb.
Shopping For Light Bulbs at Lumens
While a ceiling fan may require a certain type of light bulb for its integrated light kit, you will likely not want the same kind of bulb for your living room's table lamp or your island lighting in the kitchen. When shopping for light bulbs, it is important to know where the bulb will be used to find the right bulb type, the bulb's light output (usually represented in lumens), its base type and the shape of the bulb. Put simply, there is a lot that goes into finding the exact bulb you need. Thankfully, with any lighting product you choose, we'll show you the right bulb you need to pair with the lamp. And if you have any questions about how to choose the right light bulb, simply call our lighting experts at 877.445.4486.
Find Decoration In Your Choice of Bulb
While a light bulb serves the fundamental purpose of getting a light fixture lit, you'll find certain bulbs are able to stand out on their own. If you have an exposed bulb lighting fixture, you will want to see the selection of decorative light bulbs and old-fashioned Edison light bulbs to really make a statement. In this case, it's absolutely okay to show off your bulb. Translucent glass pendant lights also show off the bulb within the fixture, so you'll want to choose something you would enjoy having on display, be that a decorative bulb or any of the available Edison bulbs. And if you are searching for long-lasting bulbs you can set and forget for years to come, look to an energy efficient LED light bulb. Finally, consider a hanging light bulb fixture to achieve a minimalist look with your lighting.
Additional Light Bulb Resources
With so many different kinds of light bulbs available, choosing just the right one can be rather complicated. If you have questions about the different types of light bulbs, how to choose an energy-efficient bulb or the color temperature of a light bulb, we are here to help! We have dedicated resources to help you understand the facts behind light bulbs and to find the perfect bulb for your specific application. For almost any question you may have, we have just the right answer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Light Bulbs
What does LED stand for?
LED stands for light-emitting diode, a light source produced by a semiconductor in a process called electroluminescence.
What are LED light bulbs?
LED light bulbs are more efficient versions of the incandescent ones found in lighting fixtures worldwide. Instead of using a filament, they use a semiconductor to produce a glow. For more information on LEDs, see The Lumens Guide to LED.
What is an integrated LED light and what does it mean?
An integrated LED light is one that comes built-in the product. This means there is no need to take apart the fixture to insert the bulb and the fixture will not contain a typical light socket.
Can an integrated LED light bulb be replaced?
Typically, an integrated LED cannot be replaced, although many designers are moving away from integrated LEDs in favor of replaceable bulbs.
How long do LED light bulbs last?
The average LED lasts 30,000 to 50,000 hours (about 3 and a half to 5 and a half years) as a standard. The minimum is 20,000 hours (about 2 and a half years) and some options range as high as 90,000 hours (about 10 and a half years). To put it in easier terms, if the fixture were turned on for 8 hours a day, every day, it would still last a little over 17 years.
What is CRI or the color rendering index?
The color rendering index is a quantitative measure of how accurately an LED bulb renders colors in comparison to a natural light source. Keeping in mind that an incandescent bulb has a CRI of 100, an LED with a CRI of 80 is considered good. A CRI of 80 to 90 percent is the most common LED CRI rating found on the market today. However, CRI is not always an accurate indicator, as some LEDs with low CRIs in the 20-30 percentiles can produce clearer and more precise white light than one rating at 90%.
For more information on CRI, check out our article on Understanding Color Rendering Index.