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What’s the Difference Between Incandescent and LED Light Bulbs March 5, 2015

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Low Cost A19Walk down any super store lighting isle, and you will notice that LED ( Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs are gaining in popularity. There is a plethora of styles, light colors, dimmable, non-dimmable – you name it and there is a LED light bulb to meet the need.  So what’s the difference, besides price, between the old technology of incandescent light bulbs and the ever-improving technology of LED lighting?

Incandescent light bulbs, or lamps as they are known in the lighting industry, are produced by blowing hot glass into molds.  When cooled, the glass is coated with a diffusing material. A very thin, tungsten filament is placed inside, and a base is added.  Electric current is used to heat the filament, which generates the light. Although people like the light generated, only about 10% of the energy used results in visible light. The remaining energy seems to be given off as heat.

LED light sources are gaining popularity simply because they use less energy to produce quality, long-lasting light. They are made differently than incandescents, and are suprisingly stong, and able to be assembled in many shapes. Powered by a light-emitting semiconductor, the lights are also available in a variety of color.

Light is emitted through a diode – a device which allows current to flow in only one direction. Light is created when the energy flowing in to a chip is released. The color of the light depends on the ingredients and processes used.

LEDs also have advantages over other lights, including:

  • High energy efficiency.  Up to 85% more efficient than incandescents
  • Low heat
  • Low voltage and current requirements
  • High levels of brightness
  • Very reliable.  Resistant to shock and vibration
  • Long life. 20,000 to 50,000 hours.
  • No UV rays 

Lighting manufacturers have switched their focus to LED replacement lamps and fixtures. I can’t wait to see what comes next.  I’m waiting for a three-way version. Use coupon code Take10 for 10% off during check-out for quality TCP LED lighting at www.bowmnlamps.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.

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.

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.

Great Escapes? Get Great Exit Signs! Only $6.99 March 1, 2011

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Well maybe we are stretching things a bit. But this is a great deal on black LED exit signs with red letters and battery back-up.

The reliable, affordable units are double-faced with universal mounting – canopy, ceiling or wall. Superior LED lamps provide bright and even light throughout the long life of the fixture, 25 years on average. Black molded polycarbonate plastic housing is good-looking and durable.

Ideal for use in theaters, restaurants, commercial buildings, apartments – anywhere an exit sign is required. These units sell at retail for $25 each.  Get them here at the overstock price of $6.99 each plus shipping.

  • LED lamp life 25 years
  • Units measure 8.5 x 12.25 x 1.75 inches
  • UL94 V-O Injection
  • Molded construction
  • Push to test switch
  • Automatic, low voltage disconnect
  • 120 or 277 VAC
  • Universal mounting – canopy or ceiling or wall
  • UL/ETL Listed
  • Damp location approved
  • Batteries have a minimum 90 minute run time
  • 20743DBLK
  • Dimmable 9 Watt CFL Light Bulbs. Awesome in Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures, & Wall Sconces February 17, 2011

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    10109This item has SOLD OUT and is no longer available.  However you might find what you need here.

    Buy 9 Watt (40 Watt) Dimmable Compact Fluorescent (CFL) spiral-shaped light bulbs for only $5 each plus shipping. Normal retail price is $14.49 each. Replaces 40 Watt dimmable incandescent. Ideal for use in office and hotel / hospitality lighting, conference rooms, home theaters – anywhere a standard dimmable light bulb is used. Great in ceiling fans. Medium base and compact (4 x 1.8 inches) size fits anywhere a standard incandescent lamp fits. SpringLamp with10,000 hour average life lasts up to 7 years based on 4 hours use per day. Ideal for hard to reach places; replace less often. Lasts 10 to 13 times longer than similar incandescent light bulbs. Use less energy and lower utility bills. UL listed. Warm White 2700K color. (TCP10109) 

    Full LED Combination Exit Sign & Emergency Combo Units only $52.99. Buy 24 or More for Free Shipping! January 20, 2011

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    20684Introductory priced! Normally $75.99 each, now just $52.99 each. Buy 24 or more for complimentary shipping. Slim, sleek design. Measure 12.25 x 7.5 x 1.75 inches – 80% less than standard exit sign / emergency light combination units.  Reduces storage and shipping costs. Two super bright, high power LED heads swivel 320  degrees to provide flexibility and light where desired. Six inch high letters with even illumination. 120/277 VAC operation. Offers top, side and back mounting. Ni-Cd battery back-up delivers 90 minute capacity to emergency LED heads, with a service life of 10 years.  Red LEDs reduce power consumption to less than 1 watt, representing an 80 percent energy savings.(TCP20684)   Read more about it. 23 or less? Order here. 24 with more savings? Order here.

    Four Last Minute Gift Ideas for Christmas 2010. Let There Be (CFL or LED) Light! December 6, 2010

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    Christmas is fast approaching, but there are a few people stubbornly remaining on your gift list.  Give them something useful this year, and I don’t mean socks! Try these compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED fixture for your penny pinching and/or environmentally conscious friends and family. Buy a box of 12 CFLs and use them as stocking stuffers – for grown-ups only of course.

    Fresh2 Air Freshening Light Bulbs! Does your lovable family pet – let’s say this delicately – have a little odor problem?  Is  your favorite teenager’s room smelling less than sweet?  Try these odor ending light bulbs. The air will be smelling better in no time. The titanium dioxide coating on these energy saving light bulbs reacts with the fluorescent light to break down odors (when the light is on).  They’ve done wonders for my laundry room.  Ranging in cost from $9.39 to 19.99 plus shipping. Make your selection here.


    3-Way Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb: Surprise your friends and family with versatility! Three-Way compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs offer 14/19/32 Watt levels – comparable to a 40/75/150 Watt 3-way incandescent light bulb. Choose the light output right for each use and save additional energy. These guys use 75% less energy than equivalent incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Fits anywhere a comparable incandescent fits. Individually boxed for easy giving.  A case includes 12. Only $4.99 each plus shipping. Order them here.


    Dimmable Cold Cathode Flame Tip Chandelier Light Bulbs: Nothing says “love”  like energy savings – right?  Well maybe we are stretching things a bit. But these tiny, candelabra-based, flame-tipped chandelier bulbs are simply elegant. Fully dimmable 3 Watt cold cathode bulbs mimic traditional 15 to 20 incandescent lights. Frosted glass partially hides the swirl inside.  Treat somebody special (or yourself) and retrofit your old chandelier for good looks and energy savings. These bulbs will pay for themselves. Enjoy the soft warm light for years to come.  Only $8.99 each plus shipping.  Order here.

    LED 16-watt Dock Lights and Flood Lights: Need a lot of high intensity light that’s easy to handle and energy efficient?  Try a portable LED  flood light. These little cuties are awesome.

    The LED 16-watt Dock Light has 50,000 hours average rated life, and 775 focused lumens. The EcoVations Spot Light  is suitable for indoor and outdoor use making it an energy efficient alternative for lighting flag poles, studios and stages, machine stations, inspection stations, as well as use for security lighting. The fixture uses 82% less energy than a 90-watt PAR38 halogen, and exceed IESNA industry recommendations, and is UL rated for wet locations. Available here in yellow, rugged housing and comes with a plug. Only $255 plus shipping. Order here.

    That’s Scary! Safety Tips for Halloween Lighting October 26, 2010

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    An outdoor light display at Halloween is just plain fun. But there are a few safety issues to consider.  They’re basically the same as Christmas light cautions, but worth the added effort.

    • Check for cracked or frayed cords before plugging lights in.
    • Outdoor lights should be fastened securely to prevent disruption from wind or Trick-or-Treaters.
    • Go easy on extension cords. Don’t overload them, put them in high traffic areas, or places where water collects.
    • Trick-or-Treat night is for children. Avoid decorations which can break or shatter. And, a small LED flashlight can illumine jack-0-lanterns with out the threat of a clandle flame.
    • Limit the number of lights per extension cord.  No more than three standard size sets per cord.

    That’s it! Have fun on Halloween, and if you need some amber or white colored LED lights, click here.