ALL ABOUT lighting
Technology has definitely caught
up with LED bulbs for household
use. There’s a bulb for virtually every
fixture. Here are the types you’ll see
on the shelves:
• OMNIDIRECTIONAL: Think of this
as your standard replacement for an
old-fashioned incandescent bulb;
it’s got what’s sometimes called the
Edison base—meaning it screws in.
• GLOBE: Often used in bathroom
fixtures, these are more circle-like,
and also have a traditional
• CANDELABRA/FLAME: These
resemble candles and have their own
distinct, narrow base.
• TRACK: These bulbs typically have
a flat top and a base with two pins
• FLOOD: Also referred to as PAR
bulbs, these flat-topped options also
have a screw-in base.
LET’S FACE IT: Many of us are
confused by all the bulbs available.
That’s because when you pick a bulb,
you’re picking not just the bulb, but
the light level, light color, energy
consumption, and bulb type.
But there’s one change coming
that might help simplify things for
consumers: Compact fluorescent
bulbs are slowly coming of shelves
as designers and manufacturers
move toward LEDs. LED has sprinted
toward more and more adaptability
to diferent fixtures and colors, as well
as compatability with dimmers. “The
change is all LED and nothing but
LED,” says Brian Brandes, senior vice
president, SATCO Products.
And advances in home electronics
have benefited advances in home
lighting. “LEDs are used in so many
things, such as smart phones and TVs,
so more capability and volume have
also equaled lower cost and economies
of scale,” says Kathy Sterio, general
manager of product management
and marketing for GE Light. Some
manufacturers like GE are creating
packaging and specially curated
bulb recommendations for particular
LED can now also reliably
replace both the familiar shape of
incandescents with filament bulbs,
says Brandes. And there’s nothing that
can beat the cost savings lifespan of
LEDs. “They last on average 25 times
longer than traditional incandescent
bulbs,” he says.
THE FUTURE OF LIGHTBULBS OFFERS STREAMLINED
CHOICES FOR YOUR HOME.
NOSTALGIA RULES What’s old is new again, but this
time with advanced tech and design-worthy silhouettes.
Grand Nostalgics, Bulbrite
FILAMENTS ARE IN CFLs are out, say lighting experts. Swap
bulbs you use often—bathrooms, outdoor flood lights—with LED
versions. Vintage One Light, Satco Products/Nuvo Lighting