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Find the information you need for your next lighting or decor project with articles from the Lamps Plus experts.

  • 5 Lighting Items That Pay For Themselves

    Lighting That Helps You Get What You Pay For! Here's a quick list of lighting items that, in time, will pay for themselves and help you save money. From 1 to 5, they are... 1. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) Nothing tops CFLs when it comes to energy efficiency, light output quality, versatility...
  • How an LED Light Bulb Works

    We Start with the Standard Light Bulb Over 100 years ago, Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb. Simple, elegant and cheap, it quickly became the standard way to turn electricity into light, and remains in use to this day. Enter the LED Lamp But in spite of all its success, the...
  • Light Bulb Types

    Main Light Bulb Types Available Today The performance of any light fixture depends on the type of bulb source that is used. Different light bulb sources will produce different effects, will use different levels of electricity (watts) and will produce differnent levels of light (lumens). For general...
  • How an Incandescent Light Bulb Works

    The Incandescent Light Bulb The light bulb is one of the wonders of the modern world. Found nearly everywhere on the planet, light bulbs are so common and widespread that it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on them. The “ light bulb ” is an electric light source that’s...
  • How a CFL Light Bulb Works

    The Standard Light Bulb For over 100 years, the standard light bulb has been of one type—incandescent. A wonder of the modern world, Thomas Edison’s elegantly simple invention is reliable, inexpensive, and everywhere. Enter the CFL Bulb But technology marches on, and certain drawbacks...
  • Using a Dimmer with Fluorescent Lights

    Dimming Fluorescent and CFL Lights It is possible to dim both fluorescent and CFL bulb systems, but each requires a different approach and special hardware. Jeff Emmerson of our LAMPS PLUS Professionals trade pricing program says that, "It is much less expensive and more convenient to dim fluorescent...
  • How a Halogen Light Bulb Works

    Roots of the Halogen Light Bulb - Incandescents Over 100 years ago, Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb . Simple, elegant and cheap, it quickly became the standard way to turn electricity into light. In the design, a glass bulb encloses a small wire (called a filament) which glows when...
  • Lumens - the Key to Buying New Replacement Light Bulbs

    What are Lumens? There has been a lot in the news recently about new light bulbs such as LEDs. While it is true that LEDs are much more efficient than other bulbs, what gets overlooked is the way that new bulb technologies force us into new ways of evaluating bulb performance, and new ways of purchasing...
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