Why might you purchase coloured light bulbs?

Almost any store – like Easy Light Bulbs – that has some two million bulbs in stock at any one time will inevitably have many different categories of lamp to choose from. You really can turn to us for the most comprehensive range of light bulbs for the home and beyond, from general household lighting and infra red bulbs to halogen energy savers and marine navigation bulbs – so why would you want to invest in our coloured light bulbs?

Fluorescent Tubes               Halogen Reflectors               Pygmy Bulbs

These bulbs, which here at Easy Light Bulbs encompass fluorescent tubes, halogen reflectors, pygmy bulbs, round bulbs, reflector bulbs and standard bulbs, make sense in a variety of settings. You may screw some into your ordinary light fittings to enliven the scene of a party, or they may be used to simultaneously illuminate a room and project a certain ambience. Whatever feel you want a room to have, it can be achieved with our extensive selection of coloured light bulbs.

That is even more the case when you consider the many colours in which we offer such bulbs, ranging from red, yellow and blue to gold, orange and pink. But there are so many more specification options when you buy your coloured light bulbs from Easy Light Bulbs. Even just buying coloured fluorescent tubes from us, for example, allows you to select from four-pin units and those with two pins at either end, as well as from such manufacturers as Osram, Philips, Sylvania and Narva.

Reflector Bulbs               Round Bulbs              Standard Bulbs

Similarly, when you browse our online store for coloured halogen reflectors, you can opt for GU10 or two-pin units, represented brands in this category including Bell, Casell and Osram. You can also choose between a series of wattage counts, finishes, expected lifespans, physical lengths, diameters and beam angles. That amount of choice presents itself throughout our product range – our coloured round bulbs, for instance, are available in both bayonet 22mm diameter and screw-in 27mm diameter variants.

Whether you are picking up coloured light bulbs to help to create a romantic atmosphere in the bedroom, to light up exhibited items in a cabinet, as a backdrop for dancing the night away or for all manner of other potential uses, there really is no need to look to an online store other than Easy Light Bulbs. We take pride in our reputation as the complete – not to mention most competitively-priced – supplier.


The Lamp Company quoted in Telegraph story about banned bulbs

Buyers of halogen light bulbs have a real dilemma potentially coming up over the next few years as the European Commission continues its drive to make our light bulbs more efficient, longer-lasting and gentler to the environment, by banning increasingly outdated alternatives. Next up are halogen spotlights, which have been slated for a September 2016 withdrawal.

Who could possibly guide us through the minefield of the latest light bulbs that are being banned, and how we can best replace them in our homes and businesses? Why, no one other than our own Ian Fursland, of course, of The Lamp Company – us! He was quoted in a recent Telegraph story on the prospective ban and the often tricky decisions that buyers of light bulbs will be forced to make in response.

The demise of halogen spotlights still leaves the average buyer with options, although these may not be ideal for one reason or another. LED light bulbs are one possibility, for example, but they aren’t always compatible with current halogen dimmer switches or fixtures. Such doubts have led to the suggestion that any halogen bulb ban could be delayed until 2018.

The current situation with the now under-threat halogens mirrors that for traditional incandescent bulbs some years ago, these having now long been phased out. Since incandescent bulbs disappeared from store shelves here in the UK, it is halogens, LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps that have replaced them in homes and workplaces.

That it is halogens that have easily gained the most popularity of those options here in the UK, with an average of 10 in every home, has only added to the concern about a ban on this type of bulb as soon as next year. They are infinitely more affordable than LED lights to buy, the about £1 price tag for a single halogen spotlight bulb comparing to the £5-£10 that one could expect to have to pay for the equivalent LED.

However, there are – of course – longer-term savings to be enjoyed if one switches to LEDs. According to the Energy Saving Trust, around £60 a year could be shaved off household expenditure as a result of such a switch.

As Ian Fursland observed, “Most people don’t buy LEDs because they can’t afford them. There are also problems with fitting them – they don’t always fit into the socket, and have issues fitting the transformers that run the halogens.

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Amid reports that halogens are already being stockpiled by customers in readiness for such a ban, he added: “There is still huge demand for old-fashioned technology.”

Whichever decision you make about your own home or workplace’s future lighting needs, we’ll support you all the way up to any halogen ban, with our considerably in-depth stock right here at Easy Light Bulbs. 

Halogen bulbs could be banned by the EU as soon as next year

If you are one of our many buyers of halogen light bulbs here at Easy Light Bulbs, we have some news that could be both good and bad for you: they may cease to be available as soon as 2016, as part of the EU’s continuing energy-saving efforts. That could be a positive thing for the environment, but it could be hugely inconvenient for you as a light bulb customer.

It’s just the latest round of a drive to cut greenhouse emissions across the continent that has already seen the end to production of traditional incandescent bulbs, and as you might expect, there has been a mixed reaction from various consumer and manufacturer groups. There are millions of halogen bulbs presently in use in British homes, particularly for kitchen and bathroom spotlights, and while there are alternatives, these aren’t as affordable to buy upfront as halogens.

On one level, it makes sense for the European Commission to bring the axe down on halogen bulbs, given that they aren’t much more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. That has led to the EU’s suggestion that they are replaced with energy-saving LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs, the latter also known as CFLs.

But not only can the alternatives be up to 15 times more expensive to purchase, there are certain other issues with each one – such as LEDs’ incompatibility with the dimmer switches and wiring circuits that halogen bulbs use, as well as the up to five minutes that are required for CFLs to reach full brightness. An EC vote will be held on the issue in April, with the options including to proceed with a 2016 ban or instead delay it to 2018.

Consumer group Which? said that with half of its members still having halogen bulbs in their home and more than two in five having halogen spotlights, a delay until 2018 would allow more time for the resolution of some of the user and compatibility problems. A campaign group of manufacturers, LightingEurope, went even further, suggesting that the potential impact on consumers and the industry necessitated a delay of any such ban until 2020 at the earliest.

On the flipside, however, the alternatives to halogen bulbs do last longer and could make a big positive difference to a customer’s longer-term energy bills. Indeed, you may wish to make the change now to experience the massive difference for yourself. There have also been suggestions that keeping to the 2016 deadline will minimise or eliminate the risk of blackouts resulting from the closure of old power stations.

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We’ll watch this story carefully here at Easy Light Bulbs, and will keep you posted on the latest developments.

Japanese LED traffic lights just too cool when snow falls


Tokyo (AFP) – Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but Japanese police said Monday they might just be too cool — because they don’t melt snow.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) account for around 45 percent of all of Japan’s stop-and-go signals and that proportion is growing as local authorities cotton on to their economising possibilities compared with regular incandescent lights.

But in wintery northern Japan the lights have encountered a problem — drivers can’t see them because they don’t get warm enough to melt accumulated snow.

Akira Kudo of Aomori Prefectural Police said snow has to be removed manually between December and mid-February during blizzards.

“We don’t have enough staff members to remove snow as more and more LED lights are being introduced,” he said.

LED lighting is becoming ever more popular in public and private spaces because of its lower energy consumption.

The technology has been big news in Japan since three local-born physicists won the Nobel Prize last year for the development of the blue LED, the breakthrough that led to the white LED now commonly used worldwide.


Story courtesy of Yahoo News

Celebrating the 168th birthday of Thomas Edison


Last Wednesday 11th February was a significant date for any supplier of light bulbs like ourselves here at Easy Light Bulbs, given that it was the birthday of Thomas Edison, who was born on that date in 1847. The American inventor and businessman was responsible for the development of so many devices that continue to greatly impact on our lives today, from the phonograph to the motion picture camera.

But of course, Edison’s biggest ‘hit’ will always be the electric light bulb, even if it’s true that the man widely known as ‘The Wizard of Menlo Park’ certainly did not invent it – rather, his great achievement was in making it practical and long-lasting enough to become a widespread fixture in the average person’s home. Edison’s first commercially practical incandescent light simply built on a series of earlier – but much less cost-effective – incandescent lights developed by the likes of Humphry Davy, James Bowman Lindsay, Moses G. Farmer and William E. Sawyer.

Indeed, the history of incandescent lamps went right back to Alessandro Volta’s demonstration of a glowing wire in 1800, but despite all of the advances made since then, by the late 19th century, many incandescent bulbs still suffered from such problems as expensive production costs and a short lifespan that made them far from commercially feasible. Following experiments with platinum and other metals, Edison returned to his earlier work with carbon filaments, eventually filing for US patent 223,898 (granted on January 27, 1880) for an electric lamp using “a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires”.

Several months after the granting of this patent, however, Edison and his team discovered a carbonized bamboo filament capable of lasting more than 1,200 hours. Back in 1878, the Edison Electric Light Company had been formed by the inventor alongside several financiers – including J. P. Morgan – in New York City, with the first public demonstration of the incandescent light bulb taking place on 31st December 1879. It was a key step on the road to realising Edison’s ambition to “make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

The rest, as they say, is history. Edison, who died aged 84 in 1931, is now nothing less than light bulb royalty, and we certainly can’t say that Easy Light Bulbs would exist if it wasn’t for him. Browse our complete range of light bulbs today to see the endless possibilities that now exist for Edison’s remarkable ‘greatest hit’.