PKK Lighting 2017 Light Bulb Buying Guide – Part 1
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PKK Lighting has been selling light bulbs to our commercial customers for many years and we are committed to providing that service well into the future. As part of our commitment, we want to help educate our customers about the current light bulb market. We want them to make informed choices about the light bulbs they purchase for their business or organization. This is the first in a series of posts to provide that education.
Buying light bulbs used to be easy. When your old incandescent bulbs or fluorescent tubes burnt out, you could simply purchase replacements and install them quickly. However, these bulbs and tubes were (and still are) very energy inefficient and were phased out (for the most part) and replaced. They were first replaced by CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) and then by LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs.
Put simply, LEDs are electronic devices that are can be used throughout every space of office buildings, warehouses, grocery/department/convenience stores, and so on. Manufacturers are adding cameras, sensors and even speakers to some LED fixtures to deliver more than just light.
Types of light bulbs we sell:
- LED light bulbs: instantly brighten and have color ranges from warm yellow to cool blue and colors in between. Some LEDs are dimmable (be sure to check before you buy) and use less energy than CFLs, thus saving you money on your energy bills. LEDs are typically more expensive but prices continue to drop.
- Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs: CFLs use about 75% less energy than the incandescent bulbs they replaced and last 7-10 times longer. Color ranges from warm yellow to cool blue, with colors in between. They take longer to fully brighten, especially in frigid temperatures. Most CFLs are not dimmable. Also, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, so be sure to recycle appropriately (or let PKK Lighting pick up your spent bulbs).
- Halogen bulbs: instantly brighten and color is usually a cool white or blue, although you can get a color filter that improves the light but sacrifices some brightness. Halogens have a life span about the same as standard incandescents but use 25-30% less energy.
Regardless of which type of light bulb you need, PKK Lighting can be your one-stop-shop for all your light bulb needs, especially the hard to find light bulbs. Contact us today and we can help you find the right bulb for the job.