WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHT BULB DOES HABITAT SELL?
If you find the idea of buying light bulbs a little daunting, then we don’t blame you. How hard can it be, some people might say - after all, isn’t there an age-old joke centred around how many people can it take to change one? Well, it might have been simple once upon a time, but today there’s a lot more choice - and inevitably more to consider. Thankfully, here at Habitat, we make it our business to be clued up on the matter, and we’re more than happy to shed a little light. (We can even make our own light bulb-related jokes as we go along. Maybe.)
If you’re looking to be a little creative with light, then LEDs are for you. These little beauties are able to emit light with varying effects; think soft to extremely bright, with colour-changing and multi-function settings. Energy saving, LEDs boast an incredible lifespan of 20,000 hours (over 10 years average daily use), with their low voltage the reason for their admirable energy efficiency.
At Habitat we’re big on low energy light bulbs - they’re very much the future. Environmental advice aside, we also stock halogen bulbs, bulbs that are synonymous with a crisp white light. Many of these are also low voltage too, with an average lifespan of 2,000 hours. If you’re a fan of dimmable switches, chandeliers or glassthese are the lights for you - perfect for replicating touches of sparkle. And one more positive point - though beautifully bright, halogen bulbs are still up to 30% more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs.
Finally, it’s worth noting that there is more to consider than the type of bulb - thanks to advance in design we have much more choice in a visual sense too. Contemporaryoften double up as conversational pieces. From golf ball and candle shapes, to bulbs where the filament is exposed, they manage to light up the room in more ways than one.
WHAT DO LIGHT BULB CODES AND WATTAGES MEAN?
When it comes to choosing the right bulb for your light, a potentially confusing element might be their associated codes. Codes you might spot in our collection include E27, E14, GU10 or G9 - but what do they all mean? These letters and numbers are simply codes, essentially shorthand, for the shape and size of the bulb. In other words, they describe, precisely, the shape or type of bulb, as well as its diameter.
In addition to these codes, another numerical factor is the wattage of the bulb you require. It’s good information to have - some lamp fixtures and fittings can’t handle the heat of too high a wattage. At Habitat you will find wattage levels such as 2.2W, 3.5W, 4W, 4.5W, 5W, 6.5W, 7W, 10W, 28W and 40W. Our bulb product pages all clearly indicate the wattage for each item, so there should be no problem helping you to choose accordingly. Just remember that the higher the wattage, the brighter the light.
WHICH LIGHT BULB FITTING DO YOU NEED?
On the bottom of every light bulb, look closely and you’ll see the part that connects into thefitting. This is typically known as a ‘cap’ or ‘base’, and its job is to make the electrical connection.
Typically, there are two types, the bayonet or the Edison screw - both of which you will no doubt be familiar. To differentiate between the two, remember that the bayonet is the one that requires a ‘push and twist’ action. This fitting is 22mm in diameter, and tends to pop up on most regular light bulbs. Keep a look out for its smaller sibling; very similar but only 15mm across.
Alternatively, you might come across the screw-type, the Edison, so-named after the pioneering inventor, Thomas Edison. Recognisable worldwide, the Edison screw is used in a vast range of applications. The most popular version is referred to as the SES, sizing up at 27mm in diameter, yet it too boasts a smaller brother (or sister, who knows?). Generally, this type is widely used throughout both the UK and Europe in smaller, decorative fittings such as chandeliers and appliance bulbs.
So now you know the ins and outs of bulbs, their wattage and codes, varying shapes and styles. We’d say that’s good reason to always look on the bright side of life.