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The Incandescent Light Bulb Strikes Back…

An incandescent light bulb

Following the EU ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs, we all thought the future was based around LED lighting. But it seems that the clever people from MIT in America have given the incandescent light bulb a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough.

Incandescent lighting and its warm, familiar glow is well over a century old yet survives virtually unchanged in homes around the world. It is a simple design that everyone loves. But that has been changing fast, as regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency have been phasing out the old bulbs in favour of more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and newer light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs).

Incandescent bulbs, commercially developed by Thomas Edison, work by heating a thin tungsten wire to temperatures of around 2,700 degrees Celsius. That hot wire emits what is known as black body radiation, a very broad spectrum of light that provides a warm look and a faithful rendering of all colours to the human eye.

But these bulbs have always suffered from one major problem: More than 95 percent of the energy that goes into them is wasted, most of it as heat. That’s why country after country has banned or is phasing out the inefficient technology. Now, researchers at MIT and Purdue University have found a way to change all that.

Three MIT professors have made major breakthrough with what they call – light recycling. The key is to create a two-stage process, the researchers report.

The first stage involves a conventional heated metal filament, with all its attendant losses. But instead of allowing the waste heat to dissipate in the form of infrared radiation, secondary structures surrounding the filament capture this radiation and reflect it back to the filament to be re-absorbed and re-emitted as visible light. These structures, a form of photonic crystal, are made of Earth-abundant elements and can be made using conventional material-deposition technology.

That second step makes a dramatic difference in how efficiently the system converts electricity into light. One quantity that characterizes a lighting source is the so-called luminous efficiency, which takes into account the response of the human eye. Whereas the luminous efficiency of conventional incandescent lights is between 2 and 3 percent, that of fluorescents (including CFLs) is between 7 and 15 percent, and that of most compact LEDs between 5 and 15 percent, the new two-stage incandescent could reach efficiencies as high as 40 percent, the team says.

The first proof-of-concept units made by the team do not yet reach that level, achieving about 6.6 percent efficiency. But even that preliminary result matches the efficiency of some of today’s CFLs and LEDs, they point out. And it is already a threefold improvement over the efficiency of today’s incandescent light bulbs.

The team refers to their approach as “light recycling,” since their material takes in the unwanted, useless wavelengths of energy and converts them into the visible light wavelengths that are desired.  Put simply “It recycles the energy that would otherwise be wasted,”

Here at we think this is a brilliant step forward. The majority of people still love the light from incandescent bulbs and the ease with which it works with all dimmers. If incandescent light bulbs are suddenly as efficient as LED’s then we will be able to bring them back into the UK and Europe for our customers.


How to pick the perfect light bulbs for your house

To help you choose the right light bulbs, we’ve written a quick guide detailing the most important considerations.

  1. Think about function

Before you decide on the light bulbs themselves, you need to decide how you want them to function. Generally, there are three categories:

  • General: illuminates the whole room, producing an effect similar to natural light
  • Task: lights up a certain area for a specific purpose
  • Accent: essentially creates shadowing around a feature object to achieve a dramatic effect

You can layer these functions across a room, so you should decide where you want the lighting to go by paying attention to the current layout.

  1. Choose the correct bulbs

Different light bulbs perform in different ways, so you’ll need to select the right type to meet your requirements. The four most common light bulbs are:

  • Incandescent: traditional bulbs which produce a warm glow. After decades of use they are being phased out in favour of more efficient alternatives
  • Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs): these last longer than incandescent bulbs while using up to 75% less energy. The light might feel a bit cooler, but they’re now available in a range of brightness levels.
  • LEDs: equally as efficient as CFLs, but able to burn for up to three times as long. Formally used predominantly for task lighting due to their strong, direct light, the technology has improved considerably to make them look more like traditional bulbs
  • Halogen: produces a white light similar to daylight – often perfect for task lighting
  1. Select your fixtures

You’ll now need to pick the fixtures that will complement your bulbs. The following are some typical fixtures and how they should be used:

  • Ceiling mounted: the most common fixture for general lighting
  • Chandeliers: also popular for general lighting, but best used in dining rooms or bedrooms
  • Wall-mounted/recessed: can be used for general, task or accent lighting, depending on where and how you use them
  • Pendant: hung with shades from the ceiling, providing general lighting without the glare
  • Track: a set of fixtures running along a track that can normally be turned in new directions as you please. Perfect for both accent and general lighting
  • Table lamps: great for task lighting, although several around one room can produce an accenting effect

Here at Easy Light Bulbs, we supply a range of bulbs to fit with any purpose. Just browse our online shop, or contact a team member today.

Don’t shop anywhere else for the very best coloured bulbs

If you need to obtain obtain coloured light bulbs, we have a newsflash for you – look no further than Easy Light Bulbs. We can cater for a wealth of needs by supplying everything from pygmy bulbs, fluorescent tubes and halogen reflectors to coloured round and standard bulbs.

We offer coloured bulbs in a range of colours to meet your requirements, whether you are hosting a party or simply wish to add a new layer of character to a room. Our team members know our catalogue inside out, and can therefore assist in finding the coloured light bulbs that you require.

Our online store stocks bulbs in an assortment of colours, including red, blue, yellow, green, orange, pink and many more. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the site, simply drop us a line to see what we can do. We regularly go the extra mile to help customers to source specific, hard-to-find products.

Browse our range of coloured bulbs today to view items from such manufacturers as Casell (our own brand), Crompton and The Lamp Company. We can offer bulbs that incorporate all manner of fittings, encompassing bayonet and screw-in bulbs, 2 pin and GU10 halogen reflectors and 2 and 4 pin fluorescent tubes to give just a few examples.

Having been in the business for well over two decades, we possess the experience and expertise necessary to deliver everything that you could possibly require from a lighting company. We have more than 30,000 different product lines and as many as two million items in stock at any time.

You can even depend on us for worldwide delivery, while we have won glowing reviews for our own brand of lighting, Casell Lighting, which is synonymous with great value and high quality. Why not take a look around our website right now if you need to access the very best in coloured light bulbs?

Our team is any here to help if you have any specific lighting requirements, but aren’t quite sure which products to opt for. Call upon the vast expertise and experience of our staffers to identify the most appropriate products for your needs. To find out more about our unrivalled range of lighting products, simply peruse the site or get in touch today.

The many benefits of fluorescent tubes

What’s even better is that fluorescent tubes tend to last much longer than traditional bulbs. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team here at Easy Light Bulbs today if you need help identifying the best light bulbs for your needs – whether fluorescent or otherwise.

These tubes are also cooler than many other types of bulb, meaning that they won’t generate unwanted heat. They last up to 20 times longer than other bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them anything like as regularly. We offer a vast range of fluorescent tubes, which allows us to cater for a wealth of needs, tastes and budgets. These bulbs are a good match for spaces of a normal room temperature, and where the lights are likely to be kept on for relatively long periods at a time, such as an hour.

Our catalogue includes a vast range of products including circular, Triphosphor and daylight fluorescent tubes. Whether you require T2, T8 diameter tubes or Triphosphor coated lamps, we can cater for your needs, and what’s more is that we can offer in-depth advice on the products in our catalogue, helping you to come to an informed decision.

The Eterna Blue T4 20W bulb is among the most popular and attractive fluorescent tubes in our range. It offers 6,000 hours of lighting and is manufactured by the highly-reputable LAMP company. Like all the products in our catalogue, it is available at a highly competitive price and you can get in touch with us at any time if you have any queries about the item.

Order your fluorescent tubes before 3pm and you’ll even be able to take advantage of next day delivery. We always carry a great deal of stock, so our customers are rarely left waiting to get the products that they order. Why not browse our online selection of fluorescent tubes right now, to see if any catch your eye?

Trust Easy Light Bulbs for your industrial lighting needs

Easy Light Bulbs remains the go-to online store for the owners and users of industrial buildings across the country, thanks to our diverse inventory of high quality industrial light bulbs. Here are just a few reasons why our products are held in such high esteem for industrial environments.

Extremely tough and durable

In most environments, such as a home, office or school, a burnt out or broken light bulb is merely an inconvenience that can be quickly put right, but industrial environments require something tougher.

That’s exactly what you will be provided with when you shop with Easy Light Bulbs. Each one of our industrial light bulbs is manufactured with an extra filament to provide additional protection against the extra stresses – such as sharp knocks and heavy vibrations – that are commonly experienced within an industrial environment. This means that each one will typically last for around 3,000 hours, appreciably longer than the average 1,000 hours of a standard incandescent.

Remarkably efficient

Our industrial light bulbs have recently become popular among domestic consumers after an EU Directive rendered the majority of traditional incandescents obsolete. This left industrial premises requiring a reliable alternative. Luckily, our bulbs meet the established criteria. You’ll be fully compliant and should also notice a significant drop in your monthly energy costs.

Wide array of bulbs

Our range of industrial service light bulbs encompasses candle, globe, GLS and golf ball shapes, with each type available in several sizes:

  • Candle: available in 15mm or 20mm bayonet diameters or 14mm or 27mm screw-in diameters
  • G95 round: available in 27mm or 22mm screw-in diameters
  • GLS bulb: available with a 22mm bayonet diameter or 27mm screw-in diameter
  • Golf ball: available in 15mm or 20mm bayonet diameters

We also stock a selection of miniature light bulbs for industrial use, including midget groove, bi-pin, telephone slide and sub-midget types, so you’ll always be able to find what you need.

We offer same day dispatch with all of our orders if placed before 3pm (GMT), with free standard delivery for orders of £15 and over and free courier delivery for orders of £50 and over. With Easy Light Bulbs, we supply the best industrial lighting solutions as quickly as possible, so contact one of our team members today to place your order.