Why so many lightbulbs?

February 18th, 2022

If you have happened to walk down a hardware or lighting aisle



Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Director of HR, and Administration at SafeSourcing Inc.

If you have happened to walk down a hardware or lighting aisle recently, you might have noticed an abundance of lightbulbs in their retail selection. They may be split by size and shape, or even color. Not knowing ahead of time what kind of light bulb you need can cause quite the headache when trying to purchase.

So how do you know what type of light bulb you need? First thing to look at is the fixture your intent on placing the bulb. Often lamps, especially smaller or kids’ lamps, may require a particular type of bulb, like Type A or B. If this is the case, you can usually find a sticker stating which kind on the actual plug. Here, there may also be information about the maximum wattage allowed for a lamp. This is especially important too to ensure safety and electrical codes and kept.

Sometimes if you are not sure what type of bulb, checking with the manufacturer can be your best bet. You can often find the same model of fixture online or even at your home repair supply store. If you have an old light bulb you can usually get some assistance and find exactly which type you need.

Once you know the size and wattage bulb, next you can pick a color. The standard for most lights is a warm tone and most mimics the lights bulbs of 20 plus years ago. It provides enough light and is a soft glow. There is also the daylight color, which is much cooler. This provides high visibility but can mimic the light you see in hospitals or other fluorescent lights. In addition, there are a number of different festive colors you can pick from, red and green, orange or pick, those that mimic a flame, or even black light.

Whatever your lighting needs entail, having a procurement partner, like SafeSourcing, can help your efforts in getting the supplies or suppliers you need for your organization.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can help your organization or on our Risk-Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.


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