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

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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

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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’.

Industrial bulbs provide the traditional light of filament bulbs with added durability

Easy Light Bulbs is aware that many people throughout the UK still prefer the warm, traditional glow of old fashioned filament light bulbs, but are unable to find them due to the government’s recent bans. We think that every customer deserves the lighting option of their choice, so we’ve made a huge array of industrial – or ‘rough service’ – bulbs available. These provide the same glow as filament bulbs but last much longer, allowing you to bypass the ban and get what you want.

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As their name suggests, these bulbs are designed for use in industrial settings where a greater resilience to damage is required. Within these environments, vibrations, incidental damage and other external pressures can easily cause bulbs to fail, so industrial models are manufactured with an additional wire within the glass enclosure, providing greater filament support. This support allows them to withstand those physical stresses, while also dramatically improving their expected life. Where a standard incandescent might have lasted 1000 hours, an industrial model will usually keep burning for 3,000 hours.

However, you’ll still get a bulb that both looks and works exactly the same as an older bulb. In fact, you can’t even tell the difference once they’re lit. This is what has made them so popular with consumers after conventional lighting options were made obsolete: you get the same performance with added longevity. As an additional plus, they also tend to be cheaper than newer light bulb options, such as halogen and LED.

Easy Light Bulbs has a large inventory of these bulbs, with many designs and wattages available. In our online store, you’ll find both G95 round bulbs and GLS bulbs in 22mm bayonet and 27mm screw-in varieties, as well as candle bulbs and golf ball bulbs, which are additionally available in 15mm bayonet and 14mm screw-in configurations. We even stock a large selection of miniature bulbs.

If you want your home to be warmed by the light of a traditional filament bulb but have been unable to find them, then we reckon an industrial model is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Take a look at the complete online Easy Light Bulbs industrial bulbs product range today for more information.

It’s easy to find the right light bulbs in our online store

There’s such thing as a wide range of light bulbs – and then there’s the in-depth range that we can offer here at Easy Light Bulbs, which we are proud to say is simply at another level. We have more than one million light bulbs and lighting solutions in stock at any one time, encompassing everything from the most general and obvious household lighting to more specialised units like medical lamps, miniatures and floodlighting lamps.

To that long list of our available items, we could add halogen bulbs, LEDs, compact fluorescents, halogen G9 adaptors, marine navigation bulbs, projector lamps, UV lamps… it goes on. We even have our own brand of lighting, Cassell Lighting, which is known for its combination of great quality and competitive pricing. More and more people are turning to us for light bulbs on account of not only our broad product range, but also our keen prices, ease of ordering and swift delivery.

But what if you’re new to shopping online, having always trusted your high street electrical supplier, only to find that a certain type of bulb is out of stock? In that case, just come to our website and begin your search. If you have a decent idea of the exact bulb that you are looking for, you can enter a keyword or part number into our homepage search box and click the accompanying ‘search’ button. Otherwise, feel free to browse by category.

The range of categories of light bulbs that we offer here at Easy Light Bulbs is truly vast, including general household lighting, antique filament bulbs, car bulbs, LED lighting, halogen lighting, medical bulbs, marine navigation bulbs, infra red bulbs, UV lamps, projector lamps and so many more. Even within these categories, there may be further categories to sift through and if you are unsure as to the best choice of lighting for you, you are welcome to read our informative online lighting guides.

It all adds up to the complete website for finding whatever light bulbs you require – but don’t be misled into thinking that our on-site range is the limit of what we can supply. Indeed, if you have trouble identifying the exact bulb that you need or finding that bulb on our website, you’re welcome to send us a photo of it via your smartphone or tablet, and we’ll do the rest. After all, Easy Light Bulbs is all about providing our customers with the most complete possible service.