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Fresh2 Odor Ending Light Bulbs. They Work! May 2, 2016

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A light bulb that eliminates odors?  As odd as it may seem, the Fresh2 compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) – manufactured by TCP – does just that!

When the titanium dioxide coating on the fresh2  bulbs is exposed to the fluorescent light given off by the bulb, extremely strong oxidizers are naturally created. Organic odors from kitchens, bathrooms, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, mudrooms, dens, workout rooms, nurseries, laundry rooms and basements and more are greatly reduced or eliminated. Plus, since it’s a compact fluorescent, its power to light your home will last up to 10,000 hours – saving you hundreds in deodorizers and up to 75% in energy costs.

The technology is “tried and true.” TCP has been manufacturing the bulbs for over 10 years, with many satisfied customers.  We’ve received reports of cleared air being in rooms including kitty litter boxes, smoking, smelly pets, dirty diapers and more.  Air-freshening sprays, solids, plug-ins and candles are often used to mask these odors – especially if the source can’t be controlled. But who needs the chemicals or mess of solid deodorizers which mask an odor?

The Fresh2 bulbs work by converting odors, organic compounds, into inoffensive carbon dioxide –  eliminating the smelly smells.  For best results, the bulbs need to be exposed to the air, so they must be used in an open fixture.  And, they need to remain turned on in order to work. About one bulb is needed for a 14 x 14 foot room.

Have a smelly odor you need to tackle? The Fresh2 bulbs are carried in a few stores, through light bulb distributors, or available here on Amazon.com .  Get a 2-pack of soft white 100 Watt equivalent Fresh2 CFL light bulbs for $15.02.  You will notice the difference.

Let us know how your Fresh2 light bulbs work for you!


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

Posted by bowmanlamps in Cold Cathode, compact fluorescent, compact fluorescent light bulbs, lumen output number, energy savings, LED lighting, lighting, linear fluorescent lamps, linear fluorescent lighting.
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It’s Christmas lights gone wild!

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

Look Here for Light Bulb Deals July 13, 2012

Posted by bowmanlamps in Cold Cathode, compact fluorescent, HID Lighting, LED lighting, light bulb.
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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

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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.

Lighting Conspiracy? There is a Reason Your Light Bulbs Burn Out Quickly October 5, 2011

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Imagine light bulbs that keep on  lighting long after you’ve lived your life and gone.  A 2010 European documentary “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” outlines how planned obsolescence was introduced in the early 20th century with light bulbs – and it’s all designed to keep us buying and buying and buying. Fortuneately, the trend for light bulbs seems to be moving in the other direction. Check out a few here at bowmanlamps.com.

TCP Introduces New CFL Products at Hardware Show May 11, 2011

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Wow! It looks like TCP has some great new products. Some are even available now at bowmanlamps.com. Go here to purchase some of the new TruDim fully dimmable CFL light bulbs.

Or read the press release below.  

AURORA, Ohio, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TCP, the world’s leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting solutions, is introducing an extensive array of new compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) products and product enhancements at this week’s Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV.  These exciting new products, introduced under the TCP Lightstyles™ brand name, further enhance TCP’s comprehensive offering of energy efficient CFLs and pave the way for a smooth transition into the government mandated move away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs.

Leading the product line-up are TCP’s new high-performance dimmable CFLs.  These lamps reach full brightness in seconds and dim smoothly down to 2% with zero low-end flicker.  The patent-pending micro-chip ballast componentry featuring GreenChip™ Technology by NXP helps to better manage lamp voltage, resulting in unprecedented dimming performance.  “These lamps combine powerful performance with intelligent design,” said Jim Connolly, Sr. Vice President – Retail, of TCP.  “TCP Lightstyles™ dimming CFLs perform just like an incandescent, but unlike an incandescent, provide the highest levels of energy efficiency and long life.”    

Additionally, the new Lightstyles™ family includes an expanded line of InstaBright™ and instant start products, offering even better CFL lamp performance.  These new non-dimming CFLs also feature TCP’s micro-chip technology to speed start-up and run-up time by more than 100% vs. the previous generation of products.  These CFLs also offer a rated life of 18 years – more than double that of most CFLs available today.

TCP is also introducing its new Remote Controlled CFL System featuring integrated wireless communication capability.  These lamps can be fully controlled from anywhere inside the house using the handheld remote.  This exciting new technology allows an unlimited number of CFLs to be programmed to one of four different “channels” on the remote.      

TCP has also upgraded many of its popular InstaBright fast-starting covered CFLs to include Armor Coat™ technology as a standard feature.  Armor Coat™ is a durable polymer coating that keeps the glass and bulb contents contained in case of breakage. The coating creates something similar to a protective skin around the bulb that gives peace of mind to the user without sacrificing any of the light output or performance.  This bulb is safe for use in kids’ rooms, around pets, and food preparation areas.  Now the industry’s fastest starting CFLs are also the safest.  

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 www.tcpi.com or call (800) 324-1496.


Lighting History Through the Ages May 2, 2011

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A light is a light is a light is a light. Right?

Well, 70,000 years ago, you would have lit your hut with a hollowed out stone filled with moss and animal fat. Let’s be grateful our choices have expanded to using an incandescent, LED or compact fluorescent light bulb, with light at the flick of a switch.

Review the history of lighting through the ages at Wikipedia Timeline of Lighting Technology.  Visit a few side links and explore  kerosene lamps,  the Yablochkov candle, neon lighting and the first commercial sulfur lamp.  It truly does make interesting reading.

Where to Recycle CFL Light Bulbs April 8, 2011

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The use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL light bulbs) continues to grow as government mandates for energy-efficient lighting draw nearer.  However, the small amount of mercury contained in CFLs has some people concerned. The potential for enviromental contamination increases as more and more spent CFls are deposited in landfills. With only an estimated 2% of residential consumers recycling CFLs, it’s clear individuals are choosing to toss rather than recycle.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides  these CFL recycling suggestions which require minimal effort.

“Contact your local waste collection agency by visiting Earth911.com. Many counties and cities have household hazardous waste drop-off locations and/or curbside and other special collection programs. To find locations where you can drop off bulbs, and when and where a collection may be held in your area, contact your local waste collection agency directly by visiting Earth911.com .  Note that waste collection agencies:

  • provide services that are usually free, though some may charge a small fee.
  • sometimes collect household hazardous wastes only once or twice a year, so residents will have to hold on to their light bulbs until the collection takes place. Other collection agencies provide collection services throughout the year.
  • may also collect paints, pesticides, cleaning supplies or batteries.
  • usually accept waste only from residents, although some collection programs include small businesses as well.


“Visit your local retailers. Many hardware supply stores and other retailers offer in-store recycling. Visit Earth911.com  to find stores in your area or check the list below. Make sure you check directly with the store before you go; not all stores in regional or nationwide chains may be equipped to recycle. EPA is working with retailers to expand recycling and disposal options.

“Find out about mail-back services. Some bulb manufacturers and other organizations sell pre-labeled recycling kits that allow you to mail used bulbs to recycling centers. The cost of each kit includes shipping charges to the recycling center. You fill up a kit with old bulbs, seal it, and bring it to the post office or leave for your postal carrier.  Websites that provide more information about mail-back services.

  Be double good! Save energy by using an energy-efficient CFL.  Then act responsibly by recycling burned-out CFLs.

Watts vs. Lumens and what does it mean to me? February 16, 2011

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With new lighting regulations going into effect in 2012, the FTC is doing their part to help educate consumers by developing packaging standards for lighting manufacturers. Currently, consumers use watts to figure out what type of light bulb that they need to purchase. However, with new technologies coming onto the marketplace every day that consume less power, this unit of measurement is not really an accurate depiction of how much light a bulb is going to put out. Having terminology such as “60 watt equivalent” is helpful, but confusing at the same time because a consumer isn’t aware of the energy savings that they are getting from that light bulb. The new standards from the FTC will focus on lumens and not watts to help consumers determine what type of bulb they need to purchase. But, the big question is the difference between a watt and a lumen.

Let’s first start with the definition of a watt. A watt is defined as the power needed to move a one kilogram object at the speed of one meter per-second against a force of one newton. More simply put a watt a measurement of how much electrical power a device consumes. When looking at lighting and watts, you are not looking at how much light a bulb puts out when looking at watts, but how much energy a bulb uses to put out that amount of light.

Now moving on to lumens, a lumen is a measurement of the amount of light that is contained in a certain area. The technical definition of a lumen is one candela multiplied by one steradian. A much simpler definition of a lumen would be that one lumen is equivalent to the amount of light put out by one birthday candle when you are standing one foot away from it. If a light bulb puts out 100 lumens, imagine standing one foot away from a cake with one hundred birthday candles on it.

Lumens are more accurate way of measuring the amount of light a particular bulb is putting out, because lumens are a direct measurement of light output. Wattage, even though it is what people have become accustomed to seeing on packaging and measuring how much light they are seeing, it is not really an accurate way to measure light output. Just because a light bulb uses a particular amount of energy to run, does not mean that it directly correlates with the amount of light that is put out. With a variety of energy efficient CFLs, LEDs and Halogen lamps coming onto the market on a regular basis that do not use nearly the same amount of energy as incandescent bulbs it makes sense for people to move away from thinking about wattage when they purchase a bulb and start thinking about lumens.

This article first appeared on BrightPoint, the TCP Blog.