Tips For Better Lighting

Switch the Whole House to LED Lighting

Posted by Mary Fisher on Sun, Jun 7, 2015 @ 18:06 PM

Low Cost LED LightingThe cost of redoing your home with clean, durable, energy-saving LED light bulbs is dropping! We stumbled upon these 6-packs of regularly-shaped bulbs (A-lamp), BR30 floodlights, and small-based deco chandelier bulbs at a price which takes cost out of the arguement.

LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs are up to 85% more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. And they do not contain mercury like the other energy-efficient standby, CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs.

The regular-shaped bulb and the flood light are rated for 20,000 hours of use, and the chandelier bulbs are rated for 25,000 hours. You may choose from warm white 2700K light color which is most similar to a standard incandest.  Or, a bright, daylight white 5000K light color, which commonly serves as a grow light or reading light.

The lamps are manufactured by TCP, a leader in energy efficient lighting. You can expect the same quality performance and reliability that you can expect in TCP lighting, but with the convenience and saving of a 6-pack.

 Choose from: 

Non-dimmable, Soft White (2700K) regular-shaped A-lamp LA1027KND6 - replaces 60 Watt incandescent light bulb, most similar in color. Bulbs measures 4.4 inches long x 2.4 inches wide. Standard E26 base.
Non-dimmable, Daylight White (5000K) regular-shaped A-lamp LA1050KND6 - replaces 60 Watt incandescent light bulb, with bright Daylight White color, frequently used as grow light or reading light. Bulbs measures 4.4 inches long x 2.4 inches wide. Standard E26 base.

R30 floodlight, non-dimmable, Soft White (2700K) BR30 / R30 LBR301027KND6 R30 floodlight for recessed cans, high hats and track lighting - replaces 65 Watt incandescent, most similar in color. Bulbs measure 5.5 inches long x 3.8 inches wide. Standard E26 base.
R30 floodlight, non-dimmalbe, Daylight White (5000K) BR30 / R30 LBR301050KND6 R30 floodlight for recessed cans, high hats and track lighting - replaces 65 Watt incandescent. Daylight White color, frequently used as grow light and reading lights. Buls measure 5.5 inches long x 3.8 inches wide. Standard E26 base.

Deco chandelier Light Bulb, dimmable, Soft White (2700K) LDCT4W27K6, replaces 25 Watt incandescent. Measures 3.8 inches long x 1.4 inches wide. Small  E12 base.
Deco chandelier Light Bulb, dimmable, Daylight White (5000K) LDCT4W50K6, replaces 25 Watt incandescent. Measures 3.8 inches long x 1.4 inches wide. Small E12 base.

Deco chandelier Light Bulb, dimmable, Soft White (2700K) LDCT5W27K6, replaces 40 Watt incandescent. Measures 3.8 inches long x 1.4 inches wide. Small E12 base.
Deco chandelier Light Bulb, dimmable, Daylight White (5000K) LDCT5W50K6, replaces 40 Watt incandescent. Measures 3.8 inches long x 1.4 inches wide. Small E12 base.

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Topics: LED BR30, LED R30, LED Regular Shaped Light Bulbs, buy in bulk, LED Lighting, LBR301050KND6, LBR301027KND6, LA1027KND6, LA1050KND6, LED 6-pack

Convert Your CFL Light Bulbs to LED Light Bulbs: Which to Choose?

Posted by Mary Fisher on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 14:05 PM

                               LED Light Bulb                                                              Not too long ago, either a few-at-a-time or by one fell swoop, you replaced the incandescent light bulbs in your home or office to CFLs (Compact Fluorescents).

Despite being considered energy efficient and an ideal replacement for traditional incandescent bulbs,  today's fluorescent bulbs are facing challenges from LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs. And LEDs, currenlty the focus of much development, have proven to be more enery-efficient, more environmentally friendly, does not give off UV light, are not effected by heat, and come to full brightness at the flick of the switch - all attributes over CFL lighting.

And LEDs work much more better with dimmer and timer applications, making LEDs a much better investment. Most LEDs are rated for 25,000 hours of use or more.

The cost of LED bulbs has been dropping significantly, making it a much better investment. Here's a list of basic compact fluorescents, and corresponding replacement LEDs - manufactured by TCP, a leader in energy efficient lighting. Please keep in mind the LEDs often appear brighter than the CFLs.

TCP SpringLight CFL & LED Substitutes
9 Watt CFL, 550 Lumens, 40 Watt Incandescent Comparison
LED Substitute Use:
LED7A19DOD27K, 450 Lumens, Dimmable Omni-directional LED
LED7A19OD27K, 450 Lumens, Non-Dimmable Omni-Directional LED
LED7A19D27K, 450 Lumens, Dimmable All-purpose LED

14 Watt CFL, 900 Lumens, 60 Watt Incandescent Comparison
LED Substitute Use:
LED10A19DOD27K, 800 Lumens, Dimmable Omni-directional LED
LED10A19OD27K, 800 Lumens, Non-Dimmable Omni-Directional LED
LED10A19D27K, 800 Lumens, Dimmable All-purpose LED
LED9A1927K, 800 Lumens, Non-Dimmable All-purpose LED

19 Watt CFL, 1225 Lumens, 75 Watt Incandescent Comparision
LED Substitute Use:
LED13A21DOD27K, 1100 Lumens, Dimmable Omni-directional LED
LED13A21D27K, 1100 Lumens, Dimmable All-purpose LED
LED13A2127K, 1100 Lumens, Non-Dimmable All-purpose LED

23 Watt CFL, 1600 Lumens, 100 Watt Incandescent Comparision
(May also be used to replace a 27 Watt CFL, 100 Watt Incandescent Comparison)
LED Substitute Use:
LED18A21DOD27K, 1600 Lumens, Dimmable Omni-directional LED
LED16A21D27K, 1600 Lumens, Dimmable All-purpose LED

The bulbs are also available in different light colors. 2700K is most like a standard incandescent. But the light given off becomes whiter as the number gets higher: 3000K, 4100K, 5000K (daylight white). Give one of the above a try, or pick one up at a retailer near you. Or get a six pack here.  

Topics: LED Light Bulbs, LED7A19DOD27K, LED7A19D27K, LED7A19OD27K, LED9A1927K, LED18A21DOD27K, LED16A21D27K, TCP LED Light Bulbs, LED13A2127K, LED and CFL Wattage equivalents

LED Replacement Tubes: Time to Switch Out Fluorescents T8s?

Posted by Mary Fisher on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 13:05 PM

For years, flourescent tubes have been the predominant lighting in offices, schools, supermarkets, manufacturing facilities, retail stores - you name it. Any large area requiring a lot of light is often covered with fluorecent high or low bay fixtures, most recently with T8 or T5 lighting.  

But that is starting to change. LED (light emitting diode) replacement tubes, after several years of development, has reached the quality level and price point where it makes sense to switch. Here are reasons why.

LED Replacement Bulbs are more efficient.  For instance a 4-foot 15 Watt LED tube gives off the same amount of light as a 4-foot 32 Watt T8 tube, for 40% energy savings.

LED Replacement Bulbs are easy to install.  Often called "plug and play" lamps, simply turn off the power, remove the fluorescent tube, then replace with an LED tube.  With identical bi-pin sockets (G13)  installation is a snap. Remember, the LED lamps need to be used with an instant start ballast.

LED Replacement Bulbs are rated for 50,000 hours of use - and many are backed by a 5-year guaranty.  That's a lot of light for a long time.

LED Replacement Bulbs are directional, ranging from 110 to 150 degree light pattern, ensuring light is directed where it is needed. Flourescent give off light in a 360 degree, full circle pattern.  So much of the light is wasted lighting the fixture.

LED Replacement Bulbs focus their energy on light, not heat.  The result is much less heat is given off than a fluorescent light - allowing less use of air conditioning systems.

LED Replamement Bulbs do not give off UV light - which causes fading in clothes and signs, and eye strain.

LED Replacement Bulbs do not contain mercurey - which requires a lamp to be recycled, but rarely is.

LED Replacement Bulbs Last! Replacement is recommended at about 50,000 hours, where a fluorescent is change is 14,400 hours.  So a fluorescent will need to be changed 3.5 times compared to the replacement LED.

LED Replacement Bulbs are shatter proof - no glass!

LED Replacement Bulbs are intant on / off. No more warm up time required.

There are quite a few LED T8 replacement lamps out there.  One of the best we've seen is the TCP Direct 8 LED T8 Replacement tubes.  See them here.

Or watch the fluerescent bulb eater below!




Topics: LED T8 relplacement tubes, how to install T8 replaceemnt tubes, Direct8 LED, fluorescent bulb eater

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Dimmable LED Light Bulb

Posted by Mary Fisher on Mon, May 4, 2015 @ 15:05 PM

LED (Light Emitting Diode) light Bulbs are becoming more and more popular as prices drop and technology expands. When shopping for one or more, please keep in mind the need for dimmable LED light Bulbs.Lutron LED Dimmer

Notice on the light bulb box whether they are marked as dimmable or non-dimmable. LEDs, which include a lot of sophisticated circuitry, may not be compatible with all switches. Lutron manufactures several switches designed to handle LED dimmables. You may want to start with your old one, and then if it doesn't work, put in a new switch.  Lutron has a list of dimmable compatible switches here.

Most dimmers are designed for use with incandescents.  The less electricity used, the less light, right.  Well that doesn't necessariyl work with LEDs. So make sure your LED dims with your current dimmer.  If not, replace it with one of the new LED-compatible dimmers.

You can get the latest dimmable LEDs at any big box store, or on line here. Good hunting!


Topics: Dimmable LED, Lutron dimmer, LED-compatible dimmers

The Difference Between Traditional Incandescent and LED Light Bulbs

Posted by Mary Fisher on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

LED A-lampWith the flip of a switch, we light our homes, offices, work, play, and storage areas without a thought. But, due to the government phase out on the sales of standard incandescent light bulbs, we must leave the old technology behind in favor of the new. There is now a wide variety of LED ( Light Emitting Diode ) light bulbs available to meet every need.  So what's the difference, besides price, between the old technology of incandescent light bulbs and the ever-improving technology of LED lighting?

Incandescent light bulbs, or lamps as they are known in the lighting industry, are produced by blowing hot glass into molds.  When cooled, the glass is coated with a diffusing material. A very thin, tungsten filament is placed inside, and a base is added.  Electric current is used to heat the filament, which generates the light. Although people like the light generated, only about 10% of the energy used results in visible light. The remaining energy seems to be given off as heat. 

LED light sources are gaining popularity simply because they use less energy to produce quality, long-lasting light. They are made differently than incandescents, and are suprisingly stong, and able to be assembled in many shapes. Powered by a light-emitting semiconductor, the lights are also available in a variety of color. 

Light is emitted through a diode - a device which allows current to flow in only one direction. Light is created when the energy flowing in to a chip is released. The color of the light depends on the ingredients and processes used. 

LEDs also have advantages over other lights, including:

  • High energy efficiency.  Up to 85% more efficient than incandescents
  • Low heat
  • Low voltage and current requirements
  • High levels of brightness
  • Very reliable.  Resistant to shock and vibration
  • Long life. 20,000 to 50,000 hours. 
  • No UV rays 

Lighting manufacturers have switched their focus to LED replacement lamps and fixtures. I can't wait to see what comes next.  I'm waiting for a three-way version. Use coupon code Take10 for 10% off during check-out for quality TCP LED lighting at

Topics: LED Light Bulbs, LED Lamps, LED advantages, LED Differences From Incandescents

What's the Difference? LED PAR and BR Floodlights.

Posted by Mary Fisher on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

When it comes to floodlights, there are many options available. Consumers may choose from incandescent, halogen, metal halide, or energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL), cold cathode compact fluorescent (CCFL), or light emitting diode (LED). For brevity sake, let's focus on the shape of PAR and BR floodlights - also known as lamps in lighting circles.

PAR, and BR, mean more than just strange animal sounds. PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminum Reflector, while BR staPAR38nds for bulge reflector.  The number after the letters refers to the diameter based on 1/8 of an inch. To find the size of a PAR38, you multiply 1/8 x38, which equals 4.75 inches in diameter. A PAR30 would be 1/8 x 30, which equals 3.75 inches in diameter. And the other popular PAR20 diameter would be 1/8 x20, which equals 2.5 inches.  The same applies to the BR series, with the popular diameter sizes being BR40 (1/8 x 40 = 5 inches, BR30 (1/8 x 30 = 3.75) inches and BR20 (1/8 x 20 = 2.50 inches).

So what's the difference between PAR Floodlights and BR floodlight? PAR floodlighs have a flat lens.  Each is designed to direct the light for various intentions.  For instance, TCP PAR floodlights may be purchased with a wide 40 degree beam spread, a narrow 25 degree beam spread, or a spotlight with 15 degree beam spread.  They are perfect for demanding light applications like hiElite BR40gh-end retail and restaurants, where certain items or locations are highlighted.  Want to highlight a large area of a room? Use the wide beam.  Want to highlight Uncle George's portrait, try the narrow beam. And what about that diamond ring in a display case? Use a spotlight.  BR floodlights have a curved lens. With a beam spread of 120 degrees, BR floodlights illuminate large areas with smooth, attractive light. You know, like a living room or lobby.

Let's focus on the latest technology, LED.  Both PAR and BR lamps may be used indoors or out, usually in canned or recessed fixtures.  Use outside requires they either be designated for wet locations, or restricted to areas where they are protected from the elements. ( A roof overhange works quite nicely.)   PAR and BR lamps also come in a variety of light colors, from the 2400K warm tones - like a standard light bulb - up to 5000K daylight white. So sit back and think where you would use a PAR or BR light. Dimmability is not a given. So please remember to select a dimmable or non dimmable floodlight to meet your needs.

If you are interested in purchasing an LED PAR light, has a great selection here.  Or checkout the BR series here. My favorite is the TCP warm white dimmable BR30.  And, it's Energy Star approved.  Use coupon code Take10 during check out for 10% off these or any other lighting items at 



Topics: PAR30, BR30, PAR Floodlights, LED Floodlights, BR20, BR Floodlights, PAR38, PAR20, BR40

Friday Favorite: Chinese Bubbles! No Light Bulbs

Posted by Mary Fisher on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 16:02 PM


This is amazing! Just had to share it with you. Never mind the light bulbs for now. 

Topics: LED Light Bulbs, Ana Yang, CFL Light Bulbs, Gazillion Bubble Show, Chinese Bubbles


Posted by Mary Fisher on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 @ 15:02 PM

LED replacement lighting has been improving by leaps and bounds over the past few year. One of the more popular, and prolific, items has been 40 Watt and 60 Watt LED replacement light bulbs. 

100 Watt Replacement LED Lightbulb

 But the greater light of 75 Watt or 100 Watt replacement LED light bulbs has been slower to achieve. Technical Consumer Products, Inc., a leader in energy efficient lighting innovations, has expanded its Elite Series LED line to inclulde both dimmable and non-dimmable versions of the 75 Watt and 100 Watt LED replacements lamps. That's a lot of light!

The Elite High Output A-Lamps are rated for over 25,000 hours of life and feature uniform, omni-directional light output. The bulbs look like and emit light similar to a traditional incandescent, but last up to 25 times longer and consume up to 85 percent less energy - meaning less time spent changing light bulbs and smaller utility bills. 

TCP's Elite High Output LED A-lamps are available in warm white 2700K (most like a standard incandescent in color), white 3000K (most closely replaces a halogen bulb in color), bright white / cool white 4100K. or daylight white 5000K. The A-lamps also features excellent color consistance and high color rendering. Available at an affordable price, the A-lamps are ideal for use in general lighting, floor and table lamps, sconces, decorative and ceiling fixtures. They are available in both dimmable and non-dimmable versions. 

The A-lamps are ANSI construction compliant, and UL approved for damp locations - including outdoors when protected from the elements. Interested in replacing your old incandescents or Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. Use coupon code Take10 for 10% off during check-out.   Visit to see what is available. 



Topics: LED Light Bulbs, High Output LED A-Lamps, 100 Watt Replacement LED Light Bulbs, A21 Light Bulbs, LED Standard Shaped Light Bulbs, 75 Watt Replacement LED Light Bulbs

Casino Lighting: LED Lighting Offers Glitter that Turns to Gold!

Posted by Mary Fisher on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

Give me glitter!  New lighting adds sparkle and shine to the excitement, enjoyment, and safety of a casino environment. TCP Inc, a leader in energy-efficient lighting, offers a full line of LED lamps, troffers, retrofit kits, exit signs, elevator lamps, entrance lights and more - which reduce energy and maintenance costs when installed - leaving more "gold" in your pocket.  Here are some higlighted items and usage.


LED a-lamps

LED A-lamps: Traditional styled lamps with LED inside. LED omni-directional and all purpose lamps provide excellent light distribution and beautiful light in any standard A-lamp application - including table lamps, floor lamps, and ceiling fixtures.

LED MR16:  These little cuties are perfect energy-efficient alternatives.  Use for bar lights and spot lighting.

LED Deco: TCP Fully dimmable decorator lamps add a nice decorative touch while providing functional light. Damp location decos - chandelier or globe - can be used for outdoor lighting. 

LED PAR Lamps: Choose from narrow floodlights, wide floodlights, or spotlight - allowing you to highlight a specific item, or focus on a whole area.

LED troffers:  TCP LED troffers can be used in place of traditional T12 and T8 linear fixtures for overall energy efficient lighting. 

Elevator lamps: LED elevator lamps reduce energy costs while improving overal lighting.  Check out what TCP has to offer. 

All LED Exit Signs: LED exit and emergency fixtures offer  good looking, exit code complieance for many damp indoor and damp locations. 

LED floodlighting: TCP has a full line of BR Lamps and recessed can retrofits - fully dimmable and long-lasting for hard to reach areas. 

Use coupon code Take10 during check-out for 10% off any order at

Topics: LED Troffers, gaming facility lighting, LED Lighting, Casino Lighting

Get Paid to Save! Utility Rebates and CFL or LED Lighting

Posted by Mary Fisher on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

There is a lighting revLED Pear Shaped Light Bulbolution changing the ways we light our homes and businesses. Utility companies, ever mindful of the cost of producing electricity, encourage the change to new, energy-efficient light bulbs like Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent (CFL) lamps.

Hence, utility companies pay you to save by offering incentive to purchase the new light bulbs. CFLs and LEDs are known to use 75 to 85 percent less electricty than an incandescent. CFls can last 10 times, and LEDs 25 times longer. Switching to energy-saving bulbs will reduce the growth of U.S. energy demand and avoid carbon emissions. So you see the energy savings, and consequently the cost savings, can be significant.

Type of Rebates

Utility companies encourage the switch to CFLs and LEDs in the following ways.

  • Retailer Markdown - Rebates are applied to the normal price of a retailer.
  • Buydown - Rebates are applied to the cost of an approved item sold through a retailer or commercial partner.
  • Prescriptive Rebates - A certain dollar amount for each item replaced is given.
  • Custom Rebates - Based on the total energy savings for a specific item.
  • Market Lift Promotions - Working with a retailer, a utility company sets sales targets and rewards the retailer for meeting goals.
  • Coupon Promotions - Allows for a controlled number of purchases to be sold within a specific time frame.

There are over 3,000 utility companies in the United States, many offering rebates in one form or another. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to see what is available.  Or call your utility company to see what they have to offer. offers a wide variety of LED and CFL floodlights, elevator lights, recessed can retrofit kits, decorator bulbs and more. Give them a try. Use coupon code Take10 during check-out for a 10% off your order.    

Topics: Utility Lighting Rebates, Utility Rebates