We recently created a separate section JUST for LED BULBS! Click on "LED BULBS" in our menu on the left for all information on LED Bulbs. Scroll below for information on all other bulbs.
HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU WILL FIND IN THIS SECTION:
- HOW MUCH DOES EACH BULB REALLY COST?
You cannot always trust the package of the company that makes the light bulb but we show you 3 easy steps to do your own math.
- WHICH BULB IS BEST FOR YOUR HOME?
We explain the advantages and disadvantages to all 3 types of household bulbs: Incandescent, Fluorescent, and LED Bulbs.
- HOW TO VERIFY THE COLOR YOU WANT
We explain the Kelvin (K) Number difference between Daylight and Soft White Colors so that you always buy the correct color.
How much do light bulbs really cost you?
Look at these pictures below to see HOW you can
calculate the REAL cost of each bulb you use.
First we will show you 3 easy steps to do the math yourself:
For example, our 60w LED bulbs use 10 watts.
1 - 10 watts divided by 1000 = 0.01 kilowatts
2 - 0.01 kw x 10,000 Bulb Life Hours = 100 Kilowatt Hours
3 - 12.5 cents x 100 kwh = $12.50 in electricity costs
That bulb costs $6.95 so the total cost is $19.45
$12.50 + $6.95 = $19.45
Now that you can calculate the TOTAL cost, compare with a different type of bulb to see how much money you can save.
We also break down how to choose which bulb is best for you with these charts below:
HALOGEN vs. CFL vs. LED
Which is better?
We often get asked which type of bulb is best and the real answer is based on your preference.
* It is your house *
* Buy whichever type of bulb you prefer *
Everyone has different opinions on which type of bulb is best so we provide information on each one and you decide on the type of bulb you prefer the most.
Price and Savings are usually what we get asked about the most, however some people care about other specifics which we put into this chart below.
Once you have decided on which TYPE of bulb you like, the next thing to consider is which color you like. Look at this chart below to see which colors are available.
Now that you know the differences between cost and color for each bulb, here are the energy saving bulbs we carry:
HALOGEN INCANDESCENT (REGULAR) BULBS
4 Pack of Bulbs - $9.95
Available in Soft White Only
40w, 60w, 75w, 100w
COMPACT FLUORESCENT CFL BULBS
Soft White Color
40w - $5.95
60w - $6.95
75w - $7.95
100w - $8.95
150w - $16.95
60w 5-Pack - $23.95
75w 5-Pack - $26.95
100w 5-Pack - $29.95
Cool White Color
60w - $7.95
40w - $23.95
60w - $23.95
75w - $26.95
100w - $29.95
Why don't we carry the cheaper CFL bulbs?
*** They are not worth the money!! ***
MOST stores carry cheap bulbs that are about half the price of our bulbs and last 1/3 of the time (at best!) Even with a cheap bulb you are still saving money on energy costs, however 1/2 the price for 1/3 the time is not worth it.
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHEAP BULB AND A GOOD BULB
The cheap bulbs look just like the good bulbs so we usually tell customers to buy a name brand that they have heard of before.
We usually recommend GE and we usually carry GE bulbs because they are generally top of the line but GE is actually shutting down production on CFL and focusing more on LED technology so we will soon replace our GE bulbs for SATCO.
Phillips, Sylvania, and Westinghouse are also considered normal brand names.
The better bulbs tend to last between 8,000-10,000 hours.
The off brand cheaper bulbs will last between 2,500-3,500 hours (or less!)
LOOK FOR THE ENERGY STAR RATING ON THE PACKAGE!
ENERGY STAR RATED BULBS ARE 30% MORE EFFICIENT AND GO THROUGH TOUGHER TESTING THAN NON-RATED BULBS
ALSO, BEWARE OF BULBS AT BIG BOX STORES
SUCH AS HOME DEPOT, LOWES, AMAZON, WALMART, ETC.
THEY MAKE DEALS WITH GE TO GET A BETTER PRICE FOR THEIR BULBS DUE TO HIGH VOLUME AND GE THEN MAKES A CHEAPER QUALITY BULB FOR THEM WITH THE SAME PACKAGE!
Most people believe big box stores sell bulbs for cheaper just because of the volume discounts. They do get those too but bulbs are actually much cheaper in these places due to being a poor quality bulb disguised as a good quality bulb.
REGULAR LED BULBS
Click on our LED BULBS section for all of our LED information!
Light Bulb Chart
There are many different types of light bulbs
Use the chart below to match the shape of your bulb
The code below each bulb image is actually marked on the light bulb package to verify that you are buying the right one
Keep in mind that there are LED, Halogen, Fluorescent and Incandescent versions of all of these bulbs - This chart is just to identify the shape code
WHY REGULAR BULBS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
There have been major changes in energy laws and the light bulb industry over the past few years. Here is why you can no longer find old fashioned regular bulbs in any stores:
MAJOR LIGHT BULB CHANGES
It is no longer legal for any light bulb company to make regular bulbs anymore
THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT
* 2007 *
U.S. Congress Passed this law in 2007
President George W. Bush signed this into law on December 18th, 2007
The purpose of this law: As the demand for energy constantly goes up in this country, this law makes all light bulbs between 40 watts - 100 watts more energy efficient.
This allows the United States to become a more energy independent country and it increases the production of clean renewable fuels.
Certain incandescent bulbs (Regular Bulbs) have been banned or modified because of this law.
Even though this law was passed back in 2007, we did not actually run out of regular bulbs until 2014. This is because the new light bulb restrictions took place in waves.
The 1st wave began on January 1st, 2011
The 2nd wave began on January 1st, 2012
The 3rd wave began on January 1st, 2013
It took another year for most stores to run out
More restrictions are expected in 2020
CURRENT LIGHT BULB RESTRICTIONS
Wattage Output - Maximum Watts Used
100 watts - 72 watts
75 watts - 53 watts
60 watts - 43 watts
40 watts - 29 watts
Some bulbs are exempt from this law
The following regular bulbs are still legal:
Any bulb less than 40 watts
Any bulb more than 150 watts
Rough Service Bulbs
TUBULAR FLUORESCENT BULBS
Most fluorescent bulbs are one straight stick of light but they do also come in circular and U-shapes!
It is important to make sure you buy the correct bulb First you must make sure you get the correct color
Fluorescent Bulb Colors are defined by KELVIN numbers
When you look at the BULB CODE on your bulb and see numbers along with a letter "K" like 2700K, 3000K, 5000K - Those are all Kelvin Numbers
EXTRA WARM WHITE: White with a pink/orange tint
KELVIN NUMBER: 2000K - 2500K
COLOR CODE: 827
LOOK: Strongly enhances red & orange, blues appear black, and white appears orange
USES: Food display, Decoration
WARM/SOFT WHITE: White with a yellow tint
KELVIN NUMBER: 2700K - 3000K
COLOR CODE: 830
LOOK: Regular Bulb Color - Enhances red & orange, blues are slightly darker, yellow-ish tint on whites and greens
FEELING: Very warm, Comfortable
USES: Residential Lighting, Restaurants, Hotels
WHITE: Plain White
KELVIN NUMBER: 3500K - 4000K
COLOR CODE: 835
LOOK: Neutral, Enhances colors equally, does not favor yellow or blue well
USES: Stores, Showrooms, Supermarkets
COOL WHITE: Brighter White
KELVIN NUMBER: 4000K - 5000K
COLOR CODE: 840
LOOK: Pure white, Enhances blues, flattens reds, blue-ish tint to whites & greens
USES: Hospitals, Factories, Offices
DAYLIGHT: White with a blue tint
KELVIN NUMBER: 5000K & Higher
COLOR CODE: 860
LOOK: Strongly enhances blues, flattens reds, blue-ish tint to whites & greens
USES: Art Studios, Offices, Seasonal Decoration
Make sure you match the thickness and wattage too!
Bulbs come in T12 (Fat), T8 (Skinny), or T5 (Extra Skinny) Thicknesses
F6T5 - Thin 8" Bulb - $5.55
F8T5 - Thin 12" Bulb - $5.55
F13T5 - Thin 21" Bulb - $4.95
F15T8 - Thin 18" Bulb - $5.55
F24T8CW4 - Thin 24" Bulb - $9.95
F30T8 - Thin 36" Bulb - 30 watts - $9.95
F32T8 - Thin 48" Bulb - $4.95
F32T8 - Thin 48" Daylight Bulbs - 2 pack - $10.95
F14T12 - Thick 15" Bulb - $6.55
F15T12 - Thick 18" Bulb - $6.55
F20T12 - Thick 24" Bulb (Westinghouse) - $3.95
F20T12 - Thick 24" Bulb (GE) - $4.95
F30T12 - Thick 36" Bulb - $6.55
F40T12 - Thick 48" Bulb (Westinghouse) - $2.55
F40T12 - Thick 48" Bulb (GE) - $4.55
F40D - Thick 48" Ultra Daylight Bulb (GE) - $7.95
F96T12 - Thick 96" Bulb - $5.95
(4) T8 BULBS - 4' - $35.95
(2) T8 BULBS - 4' - $34.95
(2) T12 BULBS - 4' - $25.95
(2) T12 Bulbs - 8' - $39.95
BE CAREFUL WHEN SHOPPING FOR BALLASTS
You will find the same problem with Ballasts as you will with bulbs. The cheaper brands are half the price but will only last 1/3 of the time and they are simply just not worth your money.
Our ballasts range from $25 - $40 and will last you anywhere from 5 - 15 years depending on how you use it and how many hours per day you use it.
The $10 - $15 ballasts that most stores sell will last you only 2 years!
HAVING PROBLEMS WITH YOUR FLUORESCENT FIXTURE?
1 - First, if 1 bulb is out. Switch bulbs to see if the problem is just the bulb or that side of the fixture. Then remove all bulbs because you should either have all bulbs on or all bulbs off to protect the ballast from overheating.
Bulbs also tend to flicker or turn black on the ends when they are nearing the end of their bulb life.
NEVER MIX T-12 & T-8 Bulbs!
Mixing the wrong bulb/ballast will overheat the ballast
Use only T-12 bulbs for fixtures meant for T-12
and only T-8 bulbs for fixtures meant for T-8
2 - Replacing the bulbs with new bulbs is always the easiest way to test if the problem is the fixture or the bulb.
3 - If new bulbs are also not working, that usually means you need to change the ballast. Sockets can break, move, and go bad too but most problems are solved by replacing the ballast.
For plug-in shop light fixtures that are $15 - $30, just buy a new fixture. Most ballasts cost more than that.
For outdoor or cold environments, use T-8 Fixtures and Bulbs.
T-12 (thicker) bulbs flicker below 50 degrees.
(The Plastic Pieces that the bulb turns into)
2 Different Lengths for Bi-Pin 4' Bulbs
2 Different Ends for 8' Bulbs
(1 with a spring and 1 side without)
T18 U BULB - $16.95
T12 U BULB - $14.95
Circular Fluorescent Bulbs
8" 22w - $9.95
12" 32w - $10.95
16" 40w - $12.95
Shop light Fluorescent Fixture
4' T8 Fixture -$27.95
4' T12 Fixture -$16.95
25 watts (2 Pack) - $1.95
150 watts (Clear or Frosted)- $3.25
200 watts (Clear or Frosted)- $3.95
300 watts (Frosted) -$6.95
40w Appliance Bulb - $1.25
60w Appliance Bulb - $1.55
7w Night Light Bulb 2/pk - $0.98
4w Night Light Bulb 4/pk - $1.95
40w Hi-Intensity Bulb -$1.35
7.5w S11 Bulb -$1.35
Tubular Incandescent Bulbs
T 6.5 Bulb - 25w & 40w - $2.65
T 10 Bulb - 25w & 40 w - $2.65
T 16 Exit Light Bulb 15 w- $2.95
Rough Service Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent Bulb with a stronger filament
Ideal near slamming doors or other sources of vibration
50 watts - $2.95
75 watts -$3.95
100 watts -$3.95
3 Way Bulbs
(Adjustable version of an incandescent bulb that uses
3 different settings - Low, Medium, & Full Brightness)
30-70-100 watts - $2.85
50-100-150 watts - $2.85
100-200-300 watts (Mogul Base) - $5.95
Decorative Incandescent Bulbs
25w, 40w, & 60w
$1.95 for a pack of 2
Available Bases: EDISON (Large) or CANDELABRA (Small)
Available Colors: CLEAR or FROSTED
Available Tips: TORPEDO TIP & FLAME TIP
CFL 40w Soft White Chandelier Bulb - $6.95
* LED Chandelier bulbs are also available *
* Click on our LED BULBS section for more info! *
30w R20 Indoor Floodlight - $2.95
45w R20 Indoor Floodlight - $2.95
65w R30 Indoor Floodlight - $3.95
65w R40 Indoor Floodlight - $5.95
60w R40 Outdoor Floodlight - $14.95
90w R40 Outdoor Floodlight - $14.95
90w R40 Soft White
Indoor Bulb - $14.95
Indoor Daylight - $15.95
Outdoor Bulb - $14.95
R30 Indoor Bulb
(Soft White or Daylight)
R20 Soft White Bulb
LED Flood Light Bulbs are also available!
Click on the LED BULBS section for more info!
25w, 40w, & 60w
Clear & Frosted
Large Base - $1.65
Small Base - $1.95/2
GE CFL G25 GLOBE BULBS
40w Indoor Bulb
T3Q Straight Halogen Bulbs
100w - 150w - 300w - 500w (Long & Short Sizes) - $3.55
GU5.3 Bi-Pin Halogen 50w Bulb - $5.95
MR16 Bi-Pin Halogen 50w Bulb - $5.95
Small Bi-Pin Halogen Bulbs
20w & 50w -$2.95
* WARNING *
Do NOT touch these halogen bulbs with your bare hands when you install them or it will damage the bulb life
Use gloves or a tissue when you take it out of the package and install them