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Buying an A-Lamp LED Light Bulb? Consider These Four Items March 17, 2014

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Have you ever fealt frustrated  when buying a light bulb?  What used to be simple has become a bit complicated. Take heart.  It’s really not that complicated.

For simplicity sake, let’s narrow things down to four things to consider when buying an LED A-lamp, the standard light bulb shape which we all know and love. Here are things to consider:

1. Light disribution – A standard incandescent light bulb (or lamp as it is known in the lighting industry) gives off light in all directions. LED lamps are more limited, sending out light in one direction. A good general purpose LED gives off light at about 230 degrees. That would do best in a fixture with a backing.  A good omni-directional lamp expands the light beam to 270 degrees – which would do best in a table lamp or fixture without a backing.

2. How much light – Most LED A-bulbs on the market today use seven Watts to replace a 40-Watt incandescent, or about 10 Watts to replace a 60 Watt incandescent. There are a few manufacturers producing a 100 Watt equivalent, but I would wait a little longer until the technology is tried and true. When comparing LED A-lamps, you may also want to consider the lumens.  It is a more accurate rendition of light output. A lamp which uses 7 Watts to replace a 40 Watt incandescent will generate between 450 to 500 lumens.  A lamp which uses 10 Watts to replace a 60 Watt incandescent will generate between 800 and 900 lumens. The information is generally readily available on the box.

3. Light Color – There are many variations of white available in today’s lighting.  The selection can be based on room color, the amount of lights, available daylight, and just plain preference. In genera, the lower the Kelvin number the more yellow the light color, while the higher the number, the more white a bulb gets, even into a blue range.  Lamps marked 2700K are considered warm white and most resemble a standard incandescent. A 3000K lamps is also considered a warm white, but most resembles the white color of a halogen lamp.  3500K and 4100K are considered a cool or bright white and are often seen in office situations. Daylight white, 5000K to 6500K, is considered most like the noonday sun. Some people prefere this color for reading, small handwork, and even growing plants. But when all is said and done, it comes down to personal preference. I’ve had husbands proudly light the kitchen with 5000K daylight bulbs, only to have their wives state “it looks like we should be disecting frogs in here!”

4. Dimmable or Non-dimmable?  Perhaps the biggest part of this question is that it has to be considered at all.  Incandescents are fully dimmable. However LEDs are manufactured as dimmable or non-dimmable. And while a dimmable lamp can be used in a non-dimmable socket, a non-dimmable lamp  is limited to non-dimming sockets.  Most dimmable LEDs work well with a basic, non-illuminated dimmer. However there are dimmers designed just for LED use.

As mentioned earlier, most of these items depend on preference. If you are planning to retrofit a room or more, please consider purchasing a few samples before investing in LED lighting. There are many variations available, so give a few a try.

Visit the LED A-lamp section if you would like to place an oreder.  Use coupon code Take10 during check-out for 10% off an LED A-lamp purchase from bowmanlamps.com.

Four New LED Light Bulbs You Want to Try July 12, 2013

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I love the progress being made in LED lighting. Each wave of new technology brings improvements.  Here are some new LED light for home, office, hospitality – you name it – use. Each offers quality light, reasonable price, and energy savings.

TCP LED11E26BR3027K – These lights are deceptive!  I have them in my family room ceiling cans, and you can’t tell the difference beLED BR30 Floodlighttween them and the old 65-Watt, energy-eating incandescent R30 lamps.  Manufactured by energy-efficient lighting manufacturer TCP,  the 11-Watt dimmable LED BR30 floodlight is ideal for dimmable flood and spot light applications, including recessed downlights, track lights, display lights, and outdoor fixtures protected from the elements. The lamps may also be used in non-dimming sockets. Warm white 2700K light color most like a standard incandescent.  Energy Star Rated. 25000-hour life backed by a 5-year guarantee.  Read more about these power-packed flood lights here.

TCP LED12E26A1941K- Don’t like the warm, yellow light of an incandescent?  The 4100K color of this A19 (pear shaped) LED 12 Watt A19LED light bulb manufactured by TCP is a cool crisp white. Use for work areas, reading areas, and anywhere you would like to see colors “pop.” 12-Watt lamp replaces a 60 Watt incandescent. Dimmable light may also be used in non-dimmable sockets. Ideal for use in table lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, and ceiling fans. Energy Star rated. Use up to 80% less energy than a standard 60-Watt inandescent. Last 15 times longer than alternatives. Learn more about this bright, white light here.

TCP LED12E26P30S27KFL – If it were just a little shorter…. But it is!  The TCP 12-Watt wide-beam dimmable LED PAR30 LED PAR30 Short Neckshort neck lamp measures 3.8 inches wide x 3.5 inches long.  Designed to fit where standard-sized PAR30 lamps won’t. Features include smooth uniform dimming, wide 40 degree beam spread, warm white 2700K color temperature (light color) most similar to a standard incandescent, long life designed for 50,000 hours (lasts at least 15 times longer than alternatives; exceeds all industry performance requirements for directional lamps. Ideal for use in track lights, recessed downlights, display lights, and outdoor fixtures protected from the elements. Energy Star approved.  Five year warranty.  Check it out here.

TCP LED7E26PAR1641KFL – Isn’t this a little cutie? The TCP wide beam LED dimmable PAR16 floodlamp replaces 35 Watt White PAR 16halogen bulbs. It does not need to be used in a dimming application. Use for dimmable PAR16 flood applications, including: Track Lights, Recessed Downlights, Display Lights, and Outdoor fixtures protected from the elements (Not for use in totally enclosed fixtures. ) Features excellent color consistency and high color rendering ( 82 CRI), Measures 2 inches wide by 2.5 inches long, Beam angle 40 degrees, standard E26 base, and 370 lumens.  Read more here.

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Comparing LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs June 6, 2013

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A light bulb is a light bulb – right? Not in today’s lighting market.  There are enough light bulb styles to make a light bulb consumer dizzy. The chart below helps sort out the differences between the three main types of light bulbs, LED, Comapct Fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent.

Here’s Some of the Ways in Which LED, CFL, and Incandescent Light Bulbs Vary
  LED CFL Incandescent
Cost Expensive Moderate Cheap
Replacement / 50,000 Hrs 1 5 42
Avg. Life 50,000 HRS 8,000 HRS 1,200 HRS
Light Output per 800 Lumens 6 to 8 Watts 13 to 15 Watts 60 Watts
Start Up Instant On Slight Delay Instant On
Dimmable Yes If Designated Dimmable Yes if Designated Dimmable Yes
Durability Tough Fragile Fragile
On-off Cycling No Effect Shortens Life Minimal Effect
Heat Given Off Low 3 BTU/HR Medium            30 BTU/HR High 85 BTU/HR
Sensitive to Cold No Yes Some
Mercury Enclosed No Yes (Minimal) No

A Dependable Line of LED Lamps

LED BR30 FloodlightConsidering the bits of information above, one of the best lines of LED light bulbs I’ve found is the TCP Dimmable Floodlight series. They offer smooth, uniform dimming from 100% to 0.5% with consistent color. The lamps exceed all industry standards. Highly efficient LEDs and driver allow for long life, exceeding 25000 hours. UL listed for damp locations. Ideal for use in recessed cans, track lights, display lights and outdoor fixtures (protected from the elements).

I have these in my family room.  They give off good dim well.   Visitors don’t even notice they are LED flood lights. You may read about them here.

Awesome Dimming CFL Light Bulbs

TCP TruDim CFL Light Bulb I also use the TCP line of Pro Series TruDim dimmable CFL light bulbs in my kitchen.  With uniform dimming from 100% down to 2% and digital technology for faster run-up time, they beat other CFL dimmables.  Most start flickering when dimmed down past 20%. Take a look here.  They are available in spiral, R20, R30, R40 floodlights, A-lamp and G25 or G40 globe shapes.

As for Incandescents….

There are two incandescent light bulbs left in my house.  One in the almost-inaccessible attic which was put there when we moved in 23 years ago.  I think it’s been turned on once or twice. The other is in our ancient garage door opener.  I’ve found LED light bulbs and CFL lamps do not work there, probably because of radio frequencey interference. Maybe your opener is different.

I’ve found CFL light bulbs to be very accomodating in my home.  And with the exception of an occasional dud, long lasting – to the point I wish they would fail so I can replace them with the newer versions of LED light bulbs.

Friday Fun Gangnam Style (with a Christmas Twist) December 7, 2012

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It’s Christmas lights gone wild!

Get engery-efficient lighting and light bulbs at bowmanlamps.com

Restaurant Lighting: Choose from CFL or LED Light Bulbs December 5, 2012

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There is a lot of change taking place in the world of lighting, and restaurant owners / managers should consider a lighting update.  The end result will be a more inviting space and lower energy bills.

Here are a few areas which you may want to refurbish with the latest energy-saving LED and CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs.  Both have come a long way since they entered the market, and it is easy to say selecting the right light bulbs can enhance both dining and work areas.  Let’s consider:

Entrance Lighting: There is no need to explain the need for a well lit, inviting entrance.  TCP LED wall packs provide long lasting, low-mainenance, pleasing illumination. And, they have excellent light output and optimal energy efficiency.

Chandelier Lighting: Add a little style with energy efficiency.  TCP LED deco lamps are fully dimmable and beautifully designed for mood lighting. Choose from standard medium base or small candelabra base.

Spot Lighting: TCP LED PAR floodlights come in narrow flood, wide flood and spot options to highlight the most attractive areas of your restaurant.

Bar Lighting: Help set the mood with TCP BR floodlighting.  Ideal for downlighting or track lighting, the lamps are fully dimmanble and long-lasting – perfect for those hard-to-reach areas.

Kitchen Lighting: Food prep areas and glass lighting don’t mix well. Get optimum light with shatter proof lamps.  TCP InstaBright with ArmorCoat covered CFL bulbs have a protective layer that keeps bulb contents intact in case of breakage – perfect for food-prep areas.  ArmRLux T8 lamps have a similar protective coating.

General Lighting: TCP LED 2 x 2 fixtures are recommended for any place a lot of light is needed.  Brightly light kitchen work areas, walk-in coolers, storage areas and starewells.

Restroom Lighting: Restrooms should be comfortable and well lit. TruStart SpringLamps offer instant brightness, and they work with occupancy sensors.   Another option is the Fresh2 odor ending CFL.  Keep your restrooms smelling fresh.

bowmanlamps.com offers energy-efficient light bulb options by TCP, the leader in energy efficient lighting.

Why Wait? Get Light Fast with Quick Starting TCP TruStart CFL Light Bulbs August 16, 2012

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TCP TruStart are the fastest lighting CFL light bulbs availableA common complaint about compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) is slow start time – turn a CFL on then wait a minute or two before it warms up enough to use.

Now, with TCP Inc.’s new TruStart series CFL, there is no need to flick the switch and wait. A small processor chip is incorporated in the ballast of TruStart lamps (or light bulbs), which greatly shortens the warm up time. Within a second or two, the lights snap on to a useable level, then quickly warm up to full brightness. You get useful light in seconds and full brightness in a half minute, which is twice as fast as regular CFLs.

The programmed start also allows the the lamps to last twice as long. A standard CFL is rated for 10,000 hours, while the TruStart is rated for 20,000 hours. And, TruStarts may be used with most occupancy sensors and other lighting controls.  

Use these little cuties in table lamps, wall sconces, recessed cans, chandeliers and ceiling fixtures. UL approved for damp locations, meaning they can be used outdoors in weather approved fixtures. And, the bulbs are backed by a three year guarantee.

Choose from:

  • 23 Watt (100 Watt incandescent equivalent)
  • 18 Watt (75 Watt incandescent equivalent)
  • 14 Watt (60 Watt incandescent equivalent)
  • 9 Watt (40 Watt incandescent equivalent)

All are availble in various light colors:

  • Warm white 2700K and 3000K,
  • Cool white / bright white 3500K and 4100K,
  • and Daylight white 5000K and 6500K.

Simply put, TruStart CFL light bulbs have the longest life of any bulb in the market, while achieving full brightness in record time.

The full line of TCP TruStart CFL light bulbs is available at bowmanlamps.com.

Look Here for Light Bulb Deals July 13, 2012

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Need a light bulb?  How about and LED or CFL?  Or maybe you need an exit sign combo unit. Look here an dsee som summer savings from bowmanlamps.com.

LED Dimmable 8W A19
Comp. to a 40W Incandescent
List Price 18.50
Sale Price $11.99
35% Savings!

Enclosed 175 Watt Standard Probe Start Metal Halide, E39 Base
List Price $10.34
Sale Price $7.99
33% Savings!

Mini 4 Watt CFL Light Bulb, SpringLight, Cool White 4100K Color
List Price $6.50
Sale Price $2.47
62% Savings!

LED 1 Watt Combo Exit & Emergency Sign Battery Backup
List Price $56.00
Sale Price $34.95
38% Savings!

Frosted 3 Watt Cold Cathode
Flame Tip Candelabra 27K
List Price $8.99
Sale Price $4.42
51% Savings!

32W Spring Light, Warm White 27K Comp. 125W Incandescent
List Price $8.99
Sale Price $3.75
57% Savings!

26 Watt White Wall Sconce, 15″, Soft White 26 W PL Lamp Incl.
List Price $32.99
Sale Price $7.75
76% Savings!

14 Watt R40 InstaBright CFL Comp.60 Watt Incandescent
List Price $11.90
Sale Price $4.49
62% Savings!

Three Lamp T8 Wet Location Fluorescent Fixture
List Price $97.99
Sale Price $74.99
32% Savings!

Warm White InstaBrigh A-Lamp 14W  CFL Replaces 60W Incandescent
List Price $8.29
Sale Price $2.69
67% Savings!

13 W 2-pin Quad Lamp Instant Start 27K, 10,000 Hour
List Price $5.50
Sale Price $3.45
38% Savings!

Pack of 48 Warm White G25 CFL Globes 4W = 25W Incandescent
List Price $362.40
Sale Price $118
68% Savings!

Buy American! CFL Light Bulbs Assembled in the USA June 26, 2012

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It’s no secret.  Most compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs are manufactured in China. What is somebody who wants to buy American to do?

Rather than sit in the dark, go here and purchase CFL light bulbs assembled in the U.S.A. by TCP, the leader in energy-efficient lighting.  While most of its products are manufactured in China, the company has initiated an Assembled in the USA line.

At it’s facility outside of Cleveland, Ohio the company is assembling its popular ultra compact, 23-Watt Pro Series T3 Full SpringLamp™ CFL light bulb. Measuring in at 4.5 inches long by 2.4 inches wide, the 23-watt lamp replaces a 100-Watt incandescent light bulb.  It uses about 75% less energy, and lasts on average 12,000 hours.

Features include:

•Completely assembled in the U.S.A.
•Ultra high efficiency ballast to increase lumen output
•Lateral cathode design to optimize thermal efficiency
•Exclusive end of life circuitry
•Long life, 12,000 hours average rated life
•New design and construction improves lumen maintenance
•Energy Star® qualified
•Warm white 2700K light color resembles a standard incandescent
•1650 lumens
•Fast start
•Backed by a 24-month warranty

TCP states, “This ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL further enhances TCP’s line-up of energy efficient CFLS that pave the way for a smooth transition into the new era of energy efficient lighting mandates.” And while the light bulbs cost a little more, the price is competitive with other, high quality lamps. The CFLs are ideal for use in table and floor lamps, chandeliers, recessed cans, bare bulb fixtures, ceiling fixtures, desk lamps, and covered outdoor fixtures.

Click here to order a 12-pack of the Assembled in the USA light bulbs today.

www.bowmanlamps.com is an online resource for energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, specialty lamps, LED bulbs, fixtures, exit signs and emergency lights, fluorescent linear lamps, ballasts, high intensity discharge lamps (HID) and lighting accessories. Whether you need one hard-to-find replacement lamp or lights for a whole building, check us out!

Light Ideas! Get CLF & LED Light Bulbs for Christmas & Holiday Gifts December 8, 2011

Posted by bowmanlamps in air freshener, compact fluorescent, compact fluorescent light bulbs, lumen output number, energy savings, dimmable CFL, LED lighting, light bulb.
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My father LOVES light bulbs. He marvels at all the new shapes and energy-saving improvements introduced each year – and can’t wait to try them.

Whether you know somebody like him, somebody environmentally conscious, or somebody just interested in saving some green (dollars that is), these light bulbs will please. Try a few for Christmas, holiday, hostess and even birthday gift. All bulbs are manufactured by TCP Inc., the leader in energy-efficient lighting.

Simply elegant! TCP LED A-Bulbs

LED Light BulbLED dimmable 8-Watt A-19 lamp (light bulb), offers warm white 3000K light comparable to a 40-Watt incandescent light bulb.  Ideal for use in table lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, and ceiling fans. The lamps offer smooth, uniform dimming from 100% to 5%. These energy-efficient light bulbs use 80% less energy than a standard 40W incandescent, last over 35,000 hours, and meet all industry performance requirements for non-standard lamps. Check it out here. Need LED PAR floodlights instead? Shop here.


Bright now! Then not-so-bright! You choose.

Fully Dimmable CFL R20 floodlightTruDim Technology by TCP offers the first fully dimmable CFL light bulb series which match an incandescent, dimming down 100% to 2% with no annoying flicker. But unlike incandescents, TruDim lamps are long-lasting and energy-efficient. Select from R40 floodlights,  R30 floodlights, R20 floodlights, traditional A-Lamp, G25 Globes, or 23 Watt Spiral.  Shop here.

Ahhh. Fresh air. With a light bulb!

air freshener light bulbFresh2 is a revolutionary light bulb that safely breaks down odors, while providing energy-efficient light. A healthy alternative to traditional, chemically based air fresheners. Simply turn on your light and fresh2 begins eliminating odors in just 10 minutes! Making it ideal anywhere you have persistent odors. Now through January 15th two-pack marked down from $25.99 to $16.99. Look here.

Little bulb. Lot of light.

These little cuties use only 42 Watts of electricity, but give off 150 Watts. Offered here in the 3500K, cool, crisp white light color.  Ideal work lights for use in garages, basements, work areas – even table lamps. Compact 5.7 inch by 2.4 inch size and standard medium (E26) base fits most applications. A member of the TCP PRO series family, lamp life is 12,000 hours. Get them here.

Ready to Switch Light Bulbs?

The U.S. effeciency standards will remove 100 Watt incandescent bulbs from store shelves in January 2012. Make the switch easy with TCP CFLs or LEDs from bowmanlamps.com.

TCP LED Floodlights Earn ENERGY STAR® November 22, 2011

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AURORA, Ohio, Nov. 17, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — TCP, the leader in energy efficient lighting technology is excited to announce its LED lamp series of products that feature a powerful combination of category-leading performance, function, and value, have earned the ENERGY STAR® certification. TCP is excited that its LEDs now carry ENERGY STAR, further confirming TCP’s commitment, with one of the largest number of ENERGY STAR qualified lamps in the industry.

TCP’s LED lamps provide the industry’s best directional light output performance, by combining the world’s leading LED driver componentry, optical design and manufacturing capability, making them excellent alternatives to traditional PAR halogens.  Our LEDs utilize an aesthetically pleasing aluminum housing which provides excellent heat dissipation and high efficiency.  Plus, our LEDs use the highest-quality lamp optics, which are precision manufactured for perfect directional light beam control, with no annoying “hot spots” or beam washout effect.  Achieving the ENERGY STAR solidifies TCP LEDs in the market.

“We are excited that our LED series has earned the ENERGY STAR,” says Vice President of Marketing at TCP, Jim Crowcroft. “Our LED strategy has been to produce products that exceed the ENERGY STAR requirements and provide them at a value price.  Achieving ENERGY STAR for our LEDs is a great achievement.”

TCP’s LED lamps include PAR20, PAR30, PAR38 applications, and are all available in either narrow flood (25 degree) and flood (40 degree) beam spreads.  These lamps are perfect for a wide variety of general lighting applications. All of TCP’s LEDs dim uniformly down to 0%, with no color-shifting, hum or annoying “flicker.”  Also, the center-beam candlepower (CBCP) performance exceeds halogen and other LED products with similar beam angles, while providing very uniform beam patterns.  These LED lamps exceed the industry standards in lumen requirements for 90W PAR38, 75W PAR30, and 45W PAR20 applications.  A complete listing of TCP’s ENERGY STAR qualified LED lamps can be found at EnergyStar.gov.  Bowman Lamps carries the full line of  TCP LED products here.

TCP is the global leader in energy efficient lighting innovations dedicated to creating high-quality products that are brighter, longer lasting and better for the environment.  From its U.S. headquarters outside Cleveland, Ohio, the company markets a variety of energy efficient lighting products for professional, specifier and consumer markets under several brands including TCP, TCP Pro, SpringLight™, DuraBright™, Lightstyles™ and TCP EcoVations™.  TCP’s extensive product line includes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), LED lamps and fixtures, halogen lamps, cold cathode lamps, exit and emergency lighting, HID, decorative and outdoor fixtures, as well as a linear fixtures, lamps, and ballast offerings.  TCP is a privately held company employing more than 200 people in Northeast Ohio.  For more information, visit us at http://www.tcpi.com or call (800) 324-1496.


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