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Mar 20, 2013

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Best Light Bulbs and Bulb Buyer’s Guide at Capitol Lighting

Bulbrite Lightbulbs – from LEDs and CFLs to halogens and colorful novelty lamps – Capitol Lighting’s is proud to present quality lamps from Bulbrite Industries.  Bulbrite is a leading manufacturer and supplier of innovative, energy-efficient light source solutions. Founded nearly 40 years ago, Bulbrite is a family owned business renowned for its commitment to innovation, education and new technology. The company has introduced and designed award-winning products, including its exclusive KX-2000®, Halogen R111 GU10 and LED MR16.

Capitol Lighting Provides Top Quality Lamps and The Best Light Bulbs…. and We’re not Screwing Around!

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting.

CFLs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents. Newer CFL bulbs provide a warmer illumination similar to that of common incandescent and they provide an attractive alternative adaptable to most standard lamp sockets.

LEDs are small, solid light bulbs, which are extremely energy-efficient and durable. New LED bulbs, grouped in clusters with diffuser lenses, have broadened the applications for LED use in the residential home environment.

You may never have to change a lightbulb again, with the unsurpassed quality, energy-efficiency and long-lasting illumination from Bulbrite. Celebrate superb new lamping options from Capitol Lighting and enjoy the best illumination for years to come.

Capitol’s Guide to Lamping Options for Best Illumination:

  • Fluorescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) lightbulbs work nicely in rooms that require energy-efficient general illumination.
  • Halogen lightbulbs are best for accent lighting and to provide a more luxurious illumination to areas of the home that are enjoyed more for relaxation, such as bedrooms, dining rooms and master bathrooms.
  • For task lighting, LED (light-emitting diode) for desk lamps, reading lamps and mini-pendants work well.  LED lamps are becoming the standard for outdoor lighting, too, due to their low-maintenance and high energy-efficiency.
  • Incandescent lamps are still popular for children’s rooms and in table lamps and ceiling fixtures to provide pleasant general illumination.
  • Do not skimp and buy bulbs of lesser quality, because you will end up spending more in the long run.  It is important to buy high quality bulbs, or the quality of light will be poor, and they will burn out prematurely.  Be sure to purchase your lighting from a reputable dealer who will stand behind the quality of their merchandise.

For more information on the latest lighting applications and the best light bulbs, visit with the lighting experts at Capitol Lighting.  Take advantage of outstanding service and value on the finest in home lighting and accessories at

Enjoy Capitol Lighting’s “Oktobulbfest” with grand promotional values on the best light bulbs from Bulbrite Industries.  Stock up and save on select bulbs for a lifetime of illumination.

At Capitol Lighting’s you will find over 1,000 different lightbulbs from your average incandescent A Lamp, to your color corrected compact fluorescent. Capitol Lighting offers the best in quality and service to satisfy all your lighting needs!

What’s Working Today:  It’s All about Compatibility.

With the lightbulb market and technology boom, it may be overwhelming to choose the correct lamps to illuminate your home for maximum efficiency and according to your style.  However, with a little bit of wisdom, you may see the light and choose the best light bulbs to satisfy your decorative and functional needs.

Know the lighting lingo:

  • Wattage—The amount of electricity consumed by a bulb.
  • Lumens—The amount of light that a bulb produces.
  • Foot-candles—The amount of light reaching an object.
  • Efficacy—A measure of efficiency, expressed in lumens per watt denoting the power needed to produce the desired effect.
  • Color Rendering—a measure of the degree to which a light source shows the true colors of that which is illuminated.  It is expressed by the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and measured from 0 to 100.  The higher the CRI, the more flattering the illumination.
  • Color Temperature—A measure of the color of light from a light source, expressed in degrees Kelvin (K).  The lower the color temperature, the warmer the lighting color appears.
  • Lamp Life—The time period in which half of the bulbs installed for a specific application will burn out.  Lamp life is measured in hours.

Know the lightbulb basics:

  • (Standard) Incandescent—These bulbs evenly emit a yellowish-white light. Available in clear or frosted and a variety of shapes: standard pear-shape (“A”), spherical/globe shape (“G”), and decorative shape (“D”)—flame, teardrop, etc. Currently, the regular incandescent A-type bulb is most popular for its low price and favorable luminescence.  Yet, these bulbs only convert about 10 % of electrical energy to visible light.  The other 90% is converted directly to heat. These bulbs burn out quickly and may soon be phased out with longer lasting, more energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • (Incandescent) Reflectorized—A reflective coating inside these bulbs directs light forward to give better beam control than standard light bulbs. Various types include:  Reflector (“R”) bulbs which provide about double the illumination than standard, Flood (“FL”) lamps which spread light over larger areas, Parabolic Reflector (“PAR”) lamps which provide a more controlled focused light about four times as much light as standard light bulbs, and Bulge Reflector (“BR”) lamps which are even more efficient because they produce the same lighting at a lower wattage due to their unique shape.
  • (Quartz/Incandescent) Tungsten-Halogen – These compact light sources are filled with halogen gas, making for a longer bulb life and brighter, whiter, warmer light. Available in both line-voltage (120 volts) and low-voltage (12 volts), some of the most popular halogen bulbs are:
    •  For Line Voltage— PAR (Parabolic Aluminum Reflector) -16, -20, -30, and -38 bulbs, which provide a more focused beam control than regular incandescent.  PAR bulbs are used in track, recessed and outdoor lamps for spot and flood lighting; T-3 double-ended bulbs for wall sconces, torch lamps, and outdoor flood lights; and, T-4 single-ended bulbs for sconces, bath brackets, torch lamps and pendants.
    • For Low-Voltage*—MR-11, MR-16 (Mini-Reflectors), which provide excellent beam control and are available in spot and flood beam spreads for smaller track and recessed fixtures and outdoor spotlights; PAR-36 which provide superior beam control, especially over longer distances, available in spot and flood beam spreads for track, recessed and outdoor lamps; and T-4 bi-pin miniature bulbs used in pendants, halogen desk lamps, and some track fixtures.  *Transformer required.
  • Fluorescent—These bulbs last up to 20 times longer than standard incandescent and use much less electricity.  Compact type fluorescent (CFL) may be used in recessed downlights, wall sconces, close-to-ceiling fixtures and track lights.  Screw-in type fluorescent bulbs may replace incandescent in standard lamp sockets.  Fluorescent bulb shapes include the straight tube, U-tube, circle bulb, compact “twin”, compact “quad” and screw-in type bulb.
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs have a longer life and provide more light per watt than other light sources.  They are available in mercury vapor, metal halide, and high- and low-pressure sodium.  These bulbs are used residentially for outdoor security and landscape lighting, but their color rendition limits residential use, and they do not go on immediately-they must warm up.
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are the most recent addition to the residential bulb market. These lamps use 80% less energy than incandescent and last up to 50 times longer.  Excellent for task lighting, night-lights, and outdoor applications, they are more expensive than most lamps, but their durability, long life, and energy-efficiency will save you money in the long run.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are the most recent addition to the residential bulb market. These lamps use 80% less energy than incandescent and last up to 50 times longer.  Excellent for task lighting, night-lights, and outdoor applications, they are more expensive than most lamps, but their durability, long life, and energy-efficiency will save you money in the long run.