Frequently Asked Questions

Nowadays, environmental conservation is becoming a huge concern, and more people are becoming aware of it and looking for ways to do their part. In this context, it is essential to switch to eco-friendly energy sources and use Eco-friendly gadgets and appliances.

Smart light bulbs significantly impact the environment and are the best way to reduce your energy bills. Among the many benefits they offer are:

How are LED light bulbs different?

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, generate photons that create heat-free light. Unlike incandescent light bulbs that have a filament that glows producing both heat and light. LEDs can create the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb using far less energy.

How energy efficient are LEDs?

When it comes to incandescent bulbs, about 80% of the energy they use goes to producing heat while only 20% goes towards producing light. With LED bulbs, the opposite is true. 80% of the electricity they use goes towards producing light with 20% going towards …

Are LED lights expensive?

Initially, the upfront cost of an LED light bulb is more expensive than an incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent bulb. In the long run, however, making the switch to LEDs can save you hundreds, if not thousands each year in energy and maintenance costs.

What is ambient lighting?

Ambient, or general lighting, gives a space overall illumination with a comfortable level of brightness. Ambient lighting creates enough light to see and walk around safely, without glare. This can usually be achieved with ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, chandeliers, recessed, or track lighting.

What is accent lighting?

Accent lighting is typically used to highlight points of visual interest in a room, requiring as much as three times the amount of light on the focal point than the general light surrounding it. Accent lighting can be used to highlight plants, paintings, sculptures, and …

What are dimmers?

Light dimmers are devices that are connected to your light fixtures which allow you to control the amount of light that fixture creates at any given time. They can be used to increase and decrease the brightness of light emitted to create atmosphere and save …

What is pendant lighting?

A pendant light is a lone light fixture that is suspended from the ceiling. Usually by a cord, chain, or rod. Typically pendant lights only have one single bulb incorporated into their design. They concentrate light in a downward motion making them an excellent option …

Where would I use pendant lights?

Pendant lights are most commonly used above kitchen islands and tables, usually grouped with two or more to add further illumination. Pendant lighting is also a popular choice for smaller spaces like powder rooms or entryways.

What are the rules for installing pendant lights?

Generally speaking, a pendant light should be hung around 60-66 inches above the ground. Enough space for people to walk under without hitting their heads. If hanging above a table or counter, you will want to aim for 30 inches above the table.

What are the benefits of installing track lighting?

There are multiple benefits to installing track lighting. They are versatile and come in virtually any material or style being easily workable into your home design. They are movable so they can be used to highlight specific features. Additionally, they are excellent options for any …

What is recessed lighting?

Recessed lighting is lighting that is fixed directly into hallow spaces like a ceiling, wall, or other surfaces. This style of lighting is minimalistic eliminating the look of the fixture altogether. Recessed lighting is a versatile choice as it can act as ambient, accent, and …

How do I know if my CO2 monitor or fire alarm needs replacing?

If you begin to hear beeps roughly one minute apart, your CO2 monitor or fire alarm may just need a simple battery change. If you have changed the batteries and the beeping either has not stopped or won’t beep at all following a test, they …

Do The Bulb Guys do commercial lighting?

Absolutely! If you are looking for creative commercial lighting solutions we’ve got your back. The Bulb Guys can guide you through some energy-efficient upgrades that could save you thousands and qualify your business for rebates and incentives. Excellent lighting solutions can help increase productivity and …

Why should I switch to LED lighting?

There are many benefits to changing the lights in your space over to LEDs. They use far less energy which will save you hundreds of dollars each year on your energy bill. Additionally, LED bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs meaning you won’t have to …

How long do LED bulbs last?

An incandescent lightbulb typically lasts about 750 hours. An energy-efficient LED bulb can last anywhere from 50 000 to 100 000 hours. That’s the equivalent of about 11 years. Not having to change a lightbulb for over a decade is well worth the initial cost …

What kinds of lighting are there?

With any good lighting scheme, there are three lighting types that should be worked into an area. Ambient lighting Task Lighting Accent Lighting A lighting plan that incorporates all of these types of lighting will be bright enough to see and move safely, focus on …

What is task lighting?

Task lighting is designed to help you perform specific tasks like reading, homework, cooking, grooming, etc. This lighting should be bright enough to prevent eye strain but free of distracting glare and shadows. You can add task lighting through the use of recessed lighting, pendants, …

How do I decide what type of lighting to use?

There are complex calculations that professionals like The Bulb Guys use to figure out how many lumens a space needs to be well lit. A good rule of thumb is that for a bedroom or any similar sized space, a fixture with three light bulbs …

Why should I install dimmers?

There are some excellent reasons to install dimmers as part of your home or commercial lighting scheme. First, dimmers allow you to conserve energy and preserve bulb life by not operating them at full power all of the time. Additionally, dim lights can make for …

How are pendant lights different from chandeliers?

While both styles of lighting are suspended from the ceiling, a pendant light only has a single bulb whereas a chandelier incorporates multiple bulbs to give off more light. A chandelier is an excellent source of ambient lighting while a pendant is better used for …

Why should I install pendant lights?

Pendant lights are a quick and easy install so they are a great option to spruce up your space with little effort. Additionally, pendant lights allow you to focus the light in a downward direction making them an excellent choice for task lighting.

What is track lighting?

Track lighting is a lighting system where fixtures are attached to a continuous track. This allows electricity to be conducted to all light fixtures at the same time rather than on an individual basis. Track lighting became a popular option due to its versatility. Track …

Where would I use track lightning?

Track lighting is incredibly versatile making it workable in almost any space. Whether you are creating light in a big or small space you can add as many or as few light fixtures to a track lighting system as you want.

How do I know if my power outlets need replacing?

There are some pretty obvious tell-tale signs that a power outlet may need to be replaced. If it’s not working, burnt, cracked, sparking, or smoking, if plugs come loose, two-pronged, or if it comes loose itself you may want to consider an upgrade.

Do The Bulb Guys do residential lighting?

Yes, we do! Whether you are looking to install new lighting fixtures and elements, looking to retrofit an outdated lighting system, or anything in between The Bulb Guys can help. 

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