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A Lot of Light! 75 Watt and 100 Watt LED Replacement Light Bulbs February 11, 2015

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Need more light, but trying to conserve energy?  LED replacement lighting has been improving over the past few year. Gone are the complaints of “LED lighting is too blue! Contemporary LED lighting allows for warm lighting on up through daylight white.  One of the more popular, and prolific, items has been 40 Watt and 60 Watt LED replacement light bulbs.

100 Watt Replacement LED Lightbulb

 But the greater light of 75 Watt or 100 Watt replacement LED light bulbs has been slower to achieve. Technical Consumer Products, Inc., a leader in energy efficient lighting innovations, has expanded its Elite Series LED line to include both dimmable and non-dimmable versions of the 75 Watt and 100 Watt LED replacements lamps. That’s a lot of light!

The Elite High Output A-Lamps are rated for over 25,000 hours of life and feature uniform, omni-directional light output. The bulbs look like and emit light similar to a traditional incandescent, but last up to 25 times longer and consume up to 85 percent less energy – meaning less time spent changing light bulbs and smaller utility bills.

TCP’s Elite High Output LED A-lamps are available in warm white 2700K (most like a standard incandescent in color), white 3000K (most closely replaces a halogen bulb in color), bright white / cool white 4100K. or daylight white 5000K. The A-lamps also features excellent color consistence and high color rendering. Available at an affordable price, the A-lamps are ideal for use in general lighting, floor and table lamps,sconces, decorative and ceiling fixtures. The are available in both dimmable and non-dimmable versions.

The A-lamps are ANSI construction compliant, and UL approved for damp locations – including outdoors when protected from the elements. Interested in replacing your old incandescent or Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. Use coupon code Take10 for 10% off during check-out.   Visit bowmanlamps.com to see what is available.


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.

Take 10% off LED Lighting using discount code LED10 during checkout!  $50 Minimum purchase required.

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

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!

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.

These LED Floodlights Kick Butt! Choose TCP PAR38 or PAR30 July 5, 2011

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It’s not often we get excited about a light bulb, but these litte cuties stir up the ooohs and aaaahs.  

n:fusion PAR38BowmanLamps.com is pleased to announce the addition of the PAR38 and PAR30 floodlight series by TCP.  These fully dimmable LED lamps are simply the best LED floodlights available.  Without a doubt, they offer:

  • World’s best LED Chip technology, providing exceptional light output, lamp efficiency and color stability
  • High-efficiency thermal management system improving lamp performance and extending lamp life
  • Unique TCP-designed optical components maximizing light output and control beam angles as well as light dispersion
  • World’s most advanced LED driver technology featuring integrated chip controller for optimizedpower management and full feature functionality

Energy sipping TCP LED PAR38 and PAR30 lamps offer full dimmability all the way down to 0%, just like a PAR halogen.  And, you can select from 24% narrow beam or 40% wide beam. The 30K  light color makes the lamps perfect replacements for energy intense halogen lamps, saving 80 to 90 percent.

Rugged construction.  No glass to break. And no mercury – used in compact fluorescent lamps – requiring recycling.

Offering over 1000 lumens, the lamps are ideal for use in track lighting, display cases, recessed cans – any place you would use a traditional incandescent or halogen PAR lamp.  And, the lamps offer unparalleled efficiency – 60+ Lumens Per Watt (LPW).  ENERGY STAR® sets its standard at 45 LPW.

These are simply the best on the market today.  Choose from:

PAR38 Wide Beam

PAR38 Narrow Beam

PAR 30 Wide Beam

PAR30 Narrow Beam

Use coupon code nfusion1 for 10 percent off your order.

LED Products Billed as Eco-friendly Contain Toxic Metals, Study Finds February 15, 2011

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LEDs, the latest darling of environmentalists over mercury-containing CFLs, present a few challenges of their own. The study results presented in the press release below by UC Irvine show the bulbs contain potentially hazardous substances, including arsenic and lead.

UC researchers tested holiday bulbs, traffic lights and car beams

— Irvine, Calif., February 10, 2011 —

Those light-emitting diodes marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published research.

“LEDs are touted as the next generation of lighting. But as we try to find better products that do not deplete energy resources or contribute to global warming, we have to be vigilant about the toxicity hazards of those marketed as replacements,” said Oladele Ogunseitan, chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention.

He and fellow scientists at UCI and UC Davis crunched, leached and measured the tiny, multicolored lightbulbs sold in Christmas strands; red, yellow and green traffic lights; and automobile headlights and brake lights. Their findings? Low-intensity red lights contained up to eight times the amount of lead allowed under California law, but in general, high-intensity, brighter bulbs had more contaminants than lower ones. White bulbs copntianed the least lead, but had high levels of nickel.

“We find the low-intensity red LEDs exhibit significant cancer and noncancer potentials due to the high content of arsenic and lead,” the team wrote in the January 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, referring to the holiday lights. Results from the larger lighting products will be published later, but according to Ogunseitan, “it’s more of the same.”

Lead, arsenic and many additional metals discovered in the bulbs or their related parts have been linked in hundreds of studies to different cancers, neurological damage, kidney disease, hypertension, skin rashes and other illnesses. The copper used in some LEDs also poses an ecological threat to fish, rivers and lakes.

Ogunseitan said that breaking a single light and breathing fumes would not automatically cause cancer, but could be a tipping point on top of chronic exposure to another carcinogen. And – noting that lead tastes sweet – he warned that small children could be harmed if they mistake the bright lights for candy.

Risks are present in all parts of the lights and at every stage during production, use and disposal, the study found. Consumers, manufacturers and first responders to accident scenes ought to be aware of this, Ogunseitan said. When bulbs break at home, residents should sweep them up with a special broom while wearing gloves and a mask, he advised. Crews dispatched to clean up car crashes or broken traffic fixtures should don protective gear and handle the material as hazardous waste. Currently, LEDs are not classified as toxic and are disposed of in regular landfills. Ogunseitan has forwarded the study results to California and federal health regulators.

He cites LEDs as a perfect example of the need to mandate product replacement testing. The diodes are widely hailed as safer than compact fluorescent bulbs, which contain dangerous mercury. But, he said, they weren’t properly tested for potential environmental health impacts before being marketed as the preferred alternative to inefficient incandescent bulbs, now being phased out under California law. A long-planned state regulation originally set to take effect Jan. 1 would have required advance testing of such replacement products. But it was opposed by industry groups, a less stringent version was substituted, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger placed the law on hold days before he left office.

“I’m frustrated, but the work continues,” said Ogunseitan, a member of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Green Ribbon Science Panel. He said makers of LEDs and other items could easily reduce chemical concentrations or redesign them with truly safer materials. “Every day we don’t have a law that says you cannot replace an unsafe product with another unsafe product, we’re putting people’s lives at risk,” he said. “And it’s a preventable risk.”

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s largest employer, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UCI news, visit http://www.today.uci.edu.

LED Vs. CFL Lighting. Which Will You Choose? January 10, 2011

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Shopping for light bulbs can be challenging. Not so long ago, you went to the store and bought an incandescent light bulb.  But those have been deemed energy inefficient, and many will be banned from stores in 2012 – which leaves us selecting from an array of approved energy-efficient alternatives.

Although there are many options to choose from. Two forms of energy-efficient lighting seem to dominate the market as replacements for the old incandescent.   Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) or light bulbs have the bigger share of the market, while LED bulbs are gaining in popularity.  So what are the differences?

A CFL is a miniature, twisted version of the straight fluorescent tubes commonly used in office and retail settings.  Many are designed to screw in to standard incandescent fixtures. When gas inside a CFL is excited by electricity, it produces an invisible ultraviolet light. The UV light then hits a white coating inside the CFL, producing light you can see.  

The advantages of CFLs, according to ENERGYSTAR®, include:

  • Provides the same amount of light as an ordinary bulb, but uses about 75 percent less energy
  • Generates approximately 75 percent less heat, cutting home cooling costs
  • Lasts up to 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb (Anywhere from 6,000 to 15,000 hours of use.)
  • Saves about $30 in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime
  • Allows for different color temperatures (color) for differing applications
  • Quality CFLs give off pleasing, wide-spread general light at reduced energy costs compared to standard incandescent light bulbs.

The disadvantages of CFLs include:

  • A minute amount of mercury is included, which requiring careful clean-up and disposal
  • Low-end, low-price bulbs often flicker, and burn-out quickly
  • Higher initial cost than incandescent bulbs
  • Not all CFL bulbs are dimmable. Use CFLs labeled for dimming
  • Most photocells, motion sensors and electric timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Always check with the manufacturer  or check the box for compatibility
  • CFLs require a warm-up time before reaching full brightness. The time varies from a few seconds to minutes, depending on the manufacturer.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diode light bulbs, are “the new kid on the block” for residential and commercial lighting. Instead of giving off light from a vacuum (like an incandescent bulb) or a gas (as in a CFL), LEDs use Solid-State Lighting technology, or SSL.  LEDs produce light while electrons move around within its semi conductors.

LED advantages include:

  • No  mercury or other  harmful elements are in a finished LED
  • Extremely low energy consumption (LEDs use 8 watts to produce 60 watts of light.  A CFL uses 14)
  • LEDs last an estimated 25 to 30 years, or 50,000 hours
  • Contain no glass and are difficult to break
  • Excellent for rapid cycling, vibration, and hard-to-reach applications.

LED disadvantages include:

  • High cost, which will be recovered by long life and energy-savings, but it still deters many purchases.
  • LEDs are often more direction oriented in light output, which may be ideal for a recessed can, but not your reading lamp.

So there you have it –some plusses and minuses of LED and CFL lighting.  Choose the ones that best meet your needs and wallet.