Light Bulb Buying Guide
Explore our selection of light bulbs, from LED light bulbs and pot lights to fluorescent lighting - we have everything you need to illuminate your home. Discover our selection of smart light bulbs, as well as a wide variety of bulb colours, shapes, and more in our light bulb buying guide.
Brighten Your Home
- Watts are standard units of measure in electricity. They tell us how much energy a light bulb uses. The lower the watts, the lower the electric bill. LEDs and compact fluorescent lights (CFL) uses less wattage than incandescent bulbs, but produces the same amount of light.
Note: Never exceed the maximum wattage recommended for your lamp or light fixture. Exceeding the maximum wattage overheats the light bulb and can cause the socket to melt.
Lumens are the standard measure of light emitted by a bulb. More lumens equals brighter light, fewer lumens equals dimmer light. Standard 100-watt bulbs produce about 1600 lumens.
A bulb's lifespan is usually listed in the estimated number of hours a light bulb will last. By comparing the lumens and life of different bulbs of the same wattage, you can select the light bulb that provides you with the best combination of light output and length of life.
Tip: When replacing your bulb, take the old bulb with you to match the base size and bulb style. When replacing an appliance bulb, make sure you follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
Use this chart to locate an energy saving equivalent:
LED vs. CFL
LED and CFL light bulbs are energy efficient light bulbs that fit standard light bulb sockets. They both have lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, but produce the same amount of light.
|Save up to 86 percent in annual energy costs (compared to a standard light bulb).||Save up to 76 percent in annual energy costs (compared to a standard bulb).|
|Lasts up to 20+ years.||Lasts up to nine years.|
|Does not contain mercury.||Contains a small amount of mercury.|
Bring your lights into the 21st century with Bluetooth enabled light bulbs. There are several innovative features to choose from.
Bluetooth Enabled: Through the power of Bluetooth, you can use your phone to change the lighting of the room. You can change the atmosphere of a room from relaxing soft light to multi-coloured.
Built-in-Speakers: This feature allows you to light up a room and enjoy your favourite playlist at the same time. Built into the light bulb, the speakers are controlled via an app on your phone. Check with the manufacturer for Android and iOS compatibility.
Scheduling and Timers: From the ease of your phone you can schedule your lights to go on or off at certain times. Take control of your lights and energy usage.
Tip: Check with the manufacturer for Android and iOS compatibility.
Light Bulb BasesLight bulb bases come in many sizes and it is important to make sure you get the proper base for your light fixture.
Medium: A medium bulb base is the most common type of base and is found on most standard household bulb.
Pin-Base: Pin-base light bulbs have two pins on the base that connects the bulb to the voltage. The electrical current flows through the pins to generate light.
Candelabra: Candelabra light bulb base is usually found on candelabra-shaped lights. They are smaller than the average base.
Specialty: Specialty light bulb bases include linear shaped light bulbs, pot lights, and appliances. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
Tip: It’s a good idea to bring the old bulb with you when you’re purchasing a new light bulb. This way you’ll get the exact light bulb for your fixtures.
Light ColoursLight colour is expressed in Kelvins (K). The lower the Kelvin rating, such as the common incandescent/tungsten bulb, the warmer, softer, and more yellow the light. The higher the rating, the cooler, whiter, and bluer the light.
Soft White or Warm White (2000K - 3000K): Soft white or warm white is popular for most areas as comfortable, ambient lighting. Best suited for bedrooms and living room.
Cool White (3100K - 4500K): Cool white brightens high activities areas that may need more visibility. Best suited for kitchens, workshops, or garages.
Daylight (4600K - 6500K): Daylight bulbs recreate the effects of daylight and offer less glare than other colours. Best suited for reading and home offices.
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