Light Bulbs Explained
Replacing light bulbs can be a confusing affair, so we've tried to lay out a guide to light bulbs below, that we hope will make making your decision just a little easier.
The first thing to work out is the easy bit. There are two types of base available, a screw fix or a bayonet fix. The slight confusion is the codes.
B = Bayonet
E = (Edison) Screw
There are three sizes (that we stock)
E14 - narrow screw fix (also known as SES/small Edison screw)
E27 - wider screw fix
B22 - most people are familiar with this. The 'traditional' bulb.
Halogen spotlights have one style, but two bases:
GU10 - two pin, twists into position. Normally used in a 240v mans lamp.
MR16 - two pin push fitting. Low voltage lamp used in low voltage lighting.
Colour of Bulbs
Unlike traditional incandescent lights, you can get Led bulbs in several variations.
Warm white: 2700 lumens
Cool white: 4100 lumens
Daylight: 6400 lumens
When it comes to styles it is normally more down to personal preference than anything else, but the following styles are currently available:
Golf ball style; available as 3w - equivalent to 40W incandescent bulb
Globe bulb; available as 3w - equivalent to 55w
Normal bulb; available as 8w - equivalent to 100w
Candle lamp; 3w - equivalent to 35w or 40w
Flame tipped candle lamp; 3w - equivalent to 35w or 40w
Reflector lamps; 3.5w - equivalent to 50w
Spotlight/Downlights; various wattage
These are just an equivalent comparison to traditional bulbs. The real way of working out how bright they are is using the lumens to compare; the more lumens, the brighter it is. To make it easier for you we have included an equivalent wattage on our site.
Clear or Opal
Some of our bulbs are available as both opal and clear bulbs (currently our candle and flame tipped candle lamps).
While the have standard bases, so could be used in most light fittings they are more often used in old spotlights.
Hopefully this has answered most of the questions you have, but if not please get in touch. Our team will happily help with any other queries you have.