Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BulbAmerica Hopes To Replicate Ohio’s Success In Helping People Save Both Money As Well As Energy Through The Use of High Efficiency Light Bulbs


BulbAmerica.com is now offering their customers with high efficiency light bulbs that are both powerful as well as economical. This represents a potential opportunity to bolster the number of manufacturing jobs in efficient lighting.


 

A new report suggests that high-efficiency light bulbs are now providing a boost to Ohio’s manufacturing economy and helping Ohioans save money on energy. The data presented in the report has been collected from various sources for an accurate representation of the total savings tied to these light bulbs and the number of workers employed. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit group based in New York, the state has around fifteen hundred workers who produce these high efficiency light bulbs.
Statistics indicate that on an average, Ohioans who used these light bulbs saved $366 million on their electricity bills annually, which translates into around $78 per household. This recent development has made Ohio one of the world’s leading centers of lighting innovation and it has accomplished all this quietly and without too much attention from policymakers. The Brooklyn based company BulbAmerica, a leading wholesale retailer of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs in the United States hopes to replicate this situation. They are playing an active role by offering customers light bulbs which use the latest and the most advanced production technology when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
A lighting expert at BulbAmerica.com explains, “We hope to do our bit in popularizing these high efficiency light bulbs as a part of our motto to offer our customers with the most energy efficient light bulbs and other products that help them save money.” With Republican state legislators engaged in ongoing heated debates about changing the laws on energy efficiency and high-efficiency light bulbs face a public backlash, this report issued by The Natural Resources group has created quite a furore. Since 2009, the Ohio based AEP (American Electric Power) that serves most of central Ohio has sold 8.8 million of these bulbs at a discount. With this figure, customers can potentially save 377 million kilowatt-hours that can power over 30,000 houses for a year; an incredible development that would have been impossible using standard light bulbs.
BulbAmerica is the largest wholesale provider of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs in the United States. They have been a part of the industry for close to ten years now. Their exhaustive inventory of quality products includes, but is not limited to fluorescent, halogen light, LED, CFL, and incandescent bulbs, projector lamps, and various LED lighting options. For more information about these high efficiency light bulbs visit http://www.bulbamerica.com or call 1-877-650-0775.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Automakers ditch incandescent lights, inside and out


Say goodbye to those incandescent light bulbs: Not just in your house, but in your car.

Just as Thomas Edison's favorite bulbs are on their way out inside homes, now automakers are ditching them as well in cars in favor of more reliable LEDs. Ford is in the forefront.

Not only are incandescents gone as headlights and taillights in favor of light-emitting diodes, but illumination for the instrument panel, dome lights and ambient lighting are all LEDs as well.

LEDs are smaller so they package better, but also are more durable, use less energy and the costs have come down to the point where they are roughly similar to the outgoing incandescent bulbs.

While incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of about two years, LEDs will outlive the vehicles they are in, said Mahendra Dassanayake, technical leader for Ford design.

That translates into savings and reduces warranty costs, Chief designer Michael Arbaugh said.

On the Ford Fusion, consumers can choose between ice blue, blue, purple, orange, red, white and green.
The automaker is not alone in choosing a shade of blue, a color that promotes alertness, studies show. General Motors, for example, uses a lot of blue in its interiors.

Until eight years ago Ford had green as its mainstay color – using incandescent bulbs and a color filter – but it was a raw shade of green that was not very friendly, Dassanayake said. Green is part of the new palette but the LEDs produce a more soothing and relaxing shade, he said.

The current Explorer and Edge adopted the new ice blue in their interiors, Arbaugh said. And when the new Escape and C-Max go on sale, they also will be awash in the new hue. "It's the grand commitment."

The upscale Lincoln brand uses white lighting to create an upscale, sophisticated brand image. Lincoln adopted white lighting in 2002 with development of the 2003 Lincoln Navigator.

Dassanayake said proper lighting consists of the right graphics and colors and contributes to safer driving by keeping the driver calmer, more alert and better able to concentrate on today's distracting roadways.

Source: USA Today

Friday, February 24, 2012

A New Range of Energy Efficient Organic LED Light Bulbs to Be Made Available Soon at BulbAmerica.


A new and revolutionary product line of OLED light bulbs with high energy efficiency and color stability will be made available soon at BulbAmerica.com, a frontrunner in the use of innovative lighting technology and a leading provider of various lighting systems and solutions.

Incandescent bulbs are the most commonly used light bulbs for household and commercial lighting. The flame shaped version of these incandescent bulbs that are used as electric candles in homes, schools, and stores are extremely popular during the winter holiday months. With new research headed towards building energy efficient OLED (Organic LED) lights, it is expected that these white light OLEDs, a strong and potential rival could outshine incandescent bulbs very soon. BulbAmerica, the nation’s leading wholesale provider of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs has an exhaustive inventory of incandescent bulbs that are in great demand for the cozy and comforting light that they emit. However, due to their higher energy efficiency, halogen light bulbs are gradually replacing incandescent light bulbs.
A lighting expert at BulbAmerica.com explains, “Though we have a massive inventory of a number of different types of incandescent light bulbs, we believe that replacing them with OLEDs that consume less power and offer better white-light color quality would be the right decision to make in the long run.” These organic LED light bulbs comprise several layers of organic materials that have different electrical properties. Four separate emitter layers of blue, green, yellow, and red were combined by the scientists from Dresden University of Technology in Germany to build their white light OLED. Researchers were able to tune the color and quality of the light by adjusting the height of the layers to cover all parts of the visible spectrum.
These OLEDs that also have high color stability (the light can be dimmed without a noticeable alteration in its quality) will soon be available at BulbAmerica.com. The company is committed to providing energy efficient lighting products that will help reduce the carbon footprint while reducing the expenditure on electricity bills.
With over 150,000 customers, BulbAmerica is the largest wholesale provider of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs in the United States. They have been a part of the industry for almost 10 years now. The reputable company offers quality products that include fluorescent, halogen light, LED, CFL, and incandescent bulbs, projector lamps, various LED lighting options including LED strips, etc. For more information about the light bulbs that they offer at BulbAmerica, visit http://www.bulbamerica.com or call 1-877-650-0775.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BulbAmerica Announces the Launch of a New Range of High Powered and Energy Efficient LED PAR Cans

                                               
 BulbAmerica, the leading wholesale retailer of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs recently launched a new range of LED PAR cans that offer the additional benefits of using LED technology. Possibly one of the most common pieces of equipment for stage lighting used by theatre techs and stage lighting designers traditionally, today these LED PAR cans are also being used in retail outlets, band, live music events, and bar lighting and they have become popular lighting solutions for displays.
These simple and versatile LED PAR cans eliminate the need for dimmer packs, color gels, gel frames, replacement bulbs, gel filters, etc. They also offer a wide array of features such as dimming, color changing, and effects like strobing that are fully controllable. A lighting expert at BulbAmerica.com explains, “Our LED PAR cans optimize color and light performance and they can be hung closer to the stage or event as theater techs no long have to worry about changing and handling burning hot lamps” adding that “We have different products for illuminating small stage areas, general background lighting, and high-lighting display areas.”
These LED PAR cans are offered in a range of beam spreads (spot, flood, and standard) and they are available in a range of sizes that make them suitable for most applications. Right from PAR 64 cans to PAR 38 cans to pin spots and more, BulbAmerica has an exhaustive inventory of these LED PARs that are also invaluable to architectural and outdoor lighting. LED PAR cans have a long service life, consumer less power, and they are not as expensive as color gel or replacement lamps. As they don’t have filaments, they are also extremely weatherproof, indestructible, and durable. Additionally, some of them that are available in IP65 (and higher) are highly useful as outdoor and architectural washes.
BulbAmerica is the largest wholesale provider of quality lighting fixtures and light bulbs in the United States. They have been a part of the industry for almost a decade now and are renowned for offering quality products that include fluorescent, halogen light, LED, CFL, and incandescent bulbs, projector lamps, and various LED lighting options including LED strips.
For more information about the light bulbs that they offer at BulbAmerica, visit http://www.bulbamerica.com or call 1-877-650-0775.

Source: PRWEB

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The good news about CFL and LED bulb alternatives



 There are two ways that you can handle the federal government’s phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs: You can stockpile them in fear of the forthcoming lighting apocalypse, or you can learn to embrace the more energy-efficient CFL and LED bulbs.

If you’re entertaining option two — or simple don’t have the closet space to build up reserves — the good news is that today’s energy-efficient bulbs aren’t the harsh, unnatural mood-killers you might remember.

“When these bulbs first came out and Americans were just trying to save energy, they were crappy — they did blink, they did look blue,” says Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of design website ApartmentTherapy.com. “But these companies realized if they were going to sell light bulbs to Home Depot or IKEA, they had to improve. If you want a warmer light, if you want a brighter light, if you want a softer light — they’ve figured it out.”

What’s more, the lighter, brighter LED bulbs lend themselves to lighting schemes that are impossible with incandescent bulbs. “When we get more into this, what’s really going to excite us is what we can do with LED's, not the money or the energy that we’re saving. You can recess them, you can put them around corners — because the bulbs are so small, the design that carries them doesn’t need to be bulbous or carry a lot of weight.”

The breakdown
They look nice, but CFLs and LEDs will also save you money in the long run.
  
Incandescent
Initial cost: $.50
Lasts: One year
Energy cost over six years: $72.30

CFL bulbs
Initial cost: $3
Lasts: Six years E
Energy cost over six years: $16.62

LED bulbs

Initial cost: $20-$40
Lasts: 25-30 years
Energy cost over six years: $5

Source: Metro

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Light bulb freedom" bill up for debate



COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- An environmental group wants South Carolina senators to reject a bill meant to trump federal energy standards by allowing manufacturers to make and sell traditional incandescent bulbs.
The so-called Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act would allow the the traditional bulbs derided as energy hogs to be made in the Palmetto State and stamp them as "Made in South Carolina." They could only be sold in the state.

Ryan Black of the Coastal Conservation League told a Senate panel Wednesday the bill it circumvents federal efforts to save electricity.

Proponents say the more efficient compact fluorescent, halogen and LED bulbs cost too much, and they don't like the light they provide. Critics say the incandescent bulbs waste energy and generate too much heat.
Sen. Kevin Bryant says government shouldn't tell residents what kind of light bulb they can buy.
But Republican state Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens said that heat can be used for other things such as keep doghouses warm in the winter and baking small cakes in Easy-Bake Ovens.

Manufacturers begin phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs this year under a federal energy law that encourages production of more energy efficient compact fluorescent, halogen and LED bulbs.

New federal standards requiring 100-watt bulbs to be more energy efficient were supposed to kick in Jan. 1. But a bill Congress passed in December blocks enforcement until October. Similar standards apply to 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs in 2013 and 2014. The change is part of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act then-President George Bush signed in 2007.

No action was taken Wednesday. Bryant's subcommittee advanced the bill last year. It is awaiting debate in full committee.

The South Carolina House passed the bill last April.

What do you think about a bill that would work around a federal law and allow continued manufacturing of incandescent light bulbs in South Carolina? Would it bring jobs or set back the green movement? What's the trade off? Vote in our poll below and leave a comment to weigh in.

Source: Fox

Friday, February 17, 2012

How Much Is That Incandescent Costing You?

Many small businesses have already switched to energy-efficient lighting but there are still plenty of holdouts.  Some business owners don’t like the look of twisty compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), or they find LEDs and CFLs light too glaringly bright. Higher upfront costs of new lighting technologies scare away others.  However, it’s worth taking a new look at energy-efficient lighting, if you haven’t already.
The prices of many energy-efficient bulbs, including CFLs and LEDs, have fallen substantially – and are expected to continue falling. Payback times of many lighting upgrades is now under two or three years.  Not to mention that inefficient lights emit much of their energy as heat rather than actual light. So they can drive up air-conditioning costs in the summer months.
Here’s a look at the potential cost savings of making the switch:
Say you have one 60-watt incandescent light bulb that stays on for 60 hours per week and thus uses 3,600 watts per week. That’s 187,200 watts per year, or 1,872 kilowatts. If you pay 10-cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, that bulb costs you roughly $19 per year. Multiply that across 10 incandescent bulbs, and you’re looking at an annual lighting electricity cost of about $190.
Replacing those 10 bulbs with 14-watt CFLs might cost $20. But you would pay only about $44 in electricity each year – a $136 annual electricity savings. (The standard price of LEDs is still quite a bit higher – perhaps $20 per bulb – but that is expected to drop substantially in coming years.)
The technology of efficient lighting is also evolving quickly. Some businesses have refrained from moving to efficient lighting because they use dimmer switches, which haven’t generally worked with CFLs. But with the advent of LEDs and better dimmable CFLs, it’s more of an option these days. Read more about choosing light bulbs and the options in Consumer Report’s Light Bulb Buying Guide.
It’s also worth checking with your utility company about incentives. Many utilities now provide incentives to commercial customers that install efficient lights, sometimes covering up to 70% project costs. That  may generate payback times of under six months. You can find out if your utility offers incentives at the Database of State Incentives for renewables and Efficiency.
Have you installed energy-efficient lights at your business? How much of a cost savings have you seen?

Source: Small business trends

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Light Bulb Boxes are Helping People with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). BulbAmerica has the scoop about these Happy Light Bulb Boxes and just how effective they are.

With the amazing new SAD light box therapy solutions that can be found at BulbAmerica, it is now more important than ever to finally understand the real life benefits. Now, it's not just the eyes that have it; it's the ears, too. To relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), European researchers are exploring the use of Bright Light Bulb Therapy (BLT) via the ear canal and they’re seeing promising results.
In a recent study, ten out of 13 SAD suffers reported a complete remission of symptoms after wearing earplugs outfitted with light emitting diodes (LEDs) for approximately four weeks. Typical treatment requires a chronic SAD suffer to sit within 12 inches of a fluorescent or LED light source (at a strength of 10,000 lux) so the light can target serotonin levels through the patient's eyes. These daily sessions routinely last approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Contrastively, in the Finnish study, participants were instructed to wear earplugs with a photic energy of 6.0-8.5 lumens in both ears, for between just 8 to 12 minutes, five times a week. The authors of the LED earplug pilot study are encouraged enough with the results to strongly suggest that further studies be conducted.
If this future investigation yields even more positive results, the news could very well be music to the ears of the 25 percent of Americans diagnosed with SAD. For one thing, this alternative treatment may prove suitable for consumers with medical conditions that affect the eyes (such as diabetes) as well as those who take medications that increase photo-sensitivity. It should also greatly reduce the possibility of accidental UV damage to the eyes of consumers who inadvertently fail to follow the prescribed method of light box therapy. Additionally, all SAD sufferers opting for the earplug treatment may also greatly lessen the possibility of long-term UV skin damage.
First diagnosed as early as two decades ago, SAD is a condition marked by recurring cycles of depression connected to the waning sunshine of fall and winter months. As with most forms of depression, symptoms of SAD can include: oversleeping, weight gain, lethargy, and in some more severe cases, bouts of chronic hopelessness. Indeed, although most SAD sufferers remain able to function day-to-day, there have been cases of hospitalization due to untreated symptoms.   
Experts at Bulb America are on-hand to help consumers with any questions about bright light bulb therapy and LED's bulb therapy.
If you have questions or comments on this article, leave them on the BulbAmerica Light Bulb blog or on our Facebook page.
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Category: Lighting News

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Can’t Steal My Sunshine



Beat the Winter Blues & the Effects of Seasonal Change
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