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General Questions:

I don’t see the light bulb that I need for my application.  Do you have other products not on the web?

We have access to the entire line of Philips lighting and stock hundreds of their bulbs.  Please contact us and let us know what you are looking for.  We are happy to quote you a price and stock status.  This also helps us know what product offerings we need to have to serve our customer’s needs.  So thank you for the feedback!

Do your light bulbs contain mercury?

Incandescent and Halogen ligh bulbs do NOT contain mercury.  Compact Fluorescent and some HID light bulbs do contain mercury.  If this a concern for you, choose a light bulb that is made with "ALTO" technology.  These light bulbs contain the mercury content that the government suggests or less.  One each product description page, you will see the mercury content of each light bulb if it contains any.  And it will also tell you if an item is made with "ALTO" technology. 

Can I use CFL light bulbs with a dimmer switch?

It is very important to determine if the compact fluorescent light bulbs you are using are made to be dimmable or not!  If you use a regular compact fluorescent light bulb in a system with a dimmer switch you will burn your bulbs out prematurely.  There are a couple of ways you can go.  Either purchase a cfl bulb that is designed to be dimmable or switch out your switch from a dimmer switch to a regular on/off switch. 

All Halogen light bulbs are dimmable and provide a better alternative to incandescent light bulbs in recessed lighting.  The biggest problem is that they still put out a fair amount of heat and sometimes that's not what you want, especially in a kitchen where there is already a great amount of heat. 

What Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb would I use to replace my current regular 40/60/75/100 Watt Incandescent Light Bulb?

In general, customers choose Mini-Deco Twister compact fluorescent light bulbs to replace regular A type incandescent light bulbs.  What you want to compare is the initial lumens  So, say if you normally put a 75 watt incandescent light bulb (1150 initial lumens) in your lamps around your home, you should look at the 18 Watt Mini Deco Twister compact Fluorescent (1250 initial lumens).  Forget about wattage and realize it's all about the lumens.  You will be able to see the initial lumens on each individual product page.

What does PAR_?_ mean? 

The number after PAR indicates how many 1/8" the diameter is equal to.  IE. "ED-37 indicates a large HID bulb having a diameter of 37/8" or 4 5/8".

Will Light Bulb Market ever carry LED light bulbs?

Light Bulb Market is currently selling LED light bulbs in the powercore family.  We will offer more and more as Philips produces them and the prices are competitive.

What is the best way to change a halogen bulb?

There is no special way necessary to change a halogen.  Quartz bulbs are a different story.  But halogen bulbs don't need to be handled with gloved hands.

Indoor/Outdoor.....what do I need to use where? 

It is important to make sure that your fixture as well as your light bulb is made to take weather.  That is if you plan to place the fixture where it will get direct rain.  For example, a fixture made to light a flag.  Lots of bulbs are made with indoor/outdoor usage.  They will be indicated as such in the description.  You can use indoor light bulbs in outdoor fixtures if it won't take any direct weather.  For example, a sconce that is on either side of a front door normally won't get much weather and a regular indoor bulb can be used.

How should I dispose of a compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb?

The EPA recommends that you take advantage of your local recycling programs.  If your state allows you to dispose of them in the garbage, simply wrap them in two plastic bags and place in the trash.  Compact Fluorescents should not be placed in an incinerator.  You can contact your local waste collection company for other options or go directly to the Federal EPA website find local recycling programs for compact fluorescents.  We have also written a brief article on the big picture of recycling of mercury content light bulbs.  These don't just include CFLs but also include most HID lamps and fluorescent tubes. 

Customer Service:

What are your shipping rates and methods?

All orders shipped within the continental US with a flat shipping rate of $9.50 and will be shipped via UPS Ground.  Expedited shipping can be chosen.  2nd Day would be an additional $32.01 and Next Day would be an additional $78.04. 

How long will it take for me to get my light bulbs?

In general all orders are shipped within 2 days of receiving the order.  Many times the order will be shipped the same day an order is placed. If you need an order to go out same day, it's not a bad idea to give us a call to insure your item(s) is/are in stock. 

UPS shipments take 1 to 2 days for OR/WA area, 2 to 4 days to get to CA, 3 to 5 TX and mid US.  If you live in the South or the East Coast or North East, UPS takes a full 5 days to deliver.  If your order ships within 2 days, we do not generally put your tracking number on our website but if you need it, let us know and we can look it up for you.  If your order ships out late, we do include all of those tracking numbers in the track your order section.

If an item is a special order item with Philips, it will take 2 weeks to come in from the factory and then additional ship time will be needed to get to you.  We do however, receive and turn those orders around in the same day.

What are your payment options?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Paypal, Money Order or Company Check.  Money Orders and Company Checks should be written to "Lee Group Marketing" and sent to Light Bulb Market, 6614 Sherwood Drive, Knoxville, TN  37919 and must include your order number or a copy of your order placed. 

How do I get my case discount to show up in my shopping cart?

When you are in a specific product screen, in the middle section of the page towards the top left, you will see "SKU" and "Order by" and "Quantity".  In the Order By area there is a drop down box that allows you to order by each or by the case.  The case discounts are automatically calculated here and to get that discount, you should order by the case.  And then quantity is how many cases you'd like to order.

What does ordering by "each" mean? 

Some bulbs like candelabra bulbs are priced by "each" but sold as a set of 2 and sometimes a set of 4.  If you want to order by the case to obtain the case discount, choose ordering by the case as stipulated above.

What does "not availble in this price set" mean? 

When you have saved a link to products that have been discontinued, you will still be able to see those products but you will get the "not available in this price set" message when the item is no longer available for purchase.

How do I know it's safe to submit my credit card number?

When you shop online you want to know that this can be done safely. We would like to reassure you that shopping on LightBulbMarket’s website is safe because we use Verisign encryption technology. During the checkout process Verisign's encryption makes sure that all of your personal information including credit cards, address, and phone numbers cannot be viewed, intercepted, or tampered with as it travels over the internet.

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What happens if my order is lost or damaged?

All orders shipped out will have a tracking number attached.  If you do not receive your order within 6 business days, please contact us and we will research why you haven’t received your order.

Items damaged during shipment: Please Contact Us if you receive damaged items and we will gladly replace the item or provide a full refund for the product damaged.

How do I handle order changes or cancellations and returns?

Very few customers return products to us, however, we want you to be satisfied with your purchase from lightbulbmarketcom. If, for any reason, we do not meet your expectations, we will gladly refund your purchase, less shipping charges*. The returns procedure is as follows:

  1. Contact us for return instructions ( indicating the reason for the return.
  2. All items must be returned, undamaged*, within 14 days of purchase in the original shipping container. We are not able to reimburse you for return shipping charges*.
  3. We will process a refund of your purchase, less 20% restocking fee and shipping charges*, within 5 business days from the date the item is returned.  You can either choose to receive a refund or credit towards a replacement order.  There is a 35% restocking fee if products are received without notifying us prior to sending. 

Because it is our goal to ship out your products as soon as possible, orders can’t be changed after being placed.  If you wish to cancel an order, certainly let us know.  If the order has already shipped, please refer to the above for returns.

What does creating an account with do for me?

By creating an account and Login, you will be able to view any future and any past orders associated with the email address you provide.  You may easily view the tracking number for those orders if on our system.  The biggest advantage is that you can Login and you won't have to refill your billing information each time you come back to purchase light bulbs from us.  Create your own account now.   

Will sell my name and address to other companies?

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes no information regarding the domain or e-mail address. We collect the e-mail address of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, user specific information on what pages consumers access or visit and information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations.  The information we collect is used for internal review and is then discarded, used to improve the content of our Web page, used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for individual consumer and used by us to contact consumers for marketing purposes.  If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending an e-mail or writing, and telling us that you do not want to receive e-mail from our company. 

I'm tracking my order and don't understand my order status.  What does it mean?

"New" means that we have received your order.  "In Progress" means that we are processing your order.  "Backordered" indicates that your item is on order with Philips but we have not received it yet to be able to ship out to you.  "Complete" indicates that we have shipped your order out to you

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Glossary of Terms:

Accent Lighting:  Concentrated light on a subject which highlights it and causes it to stand out from its surrounding.  Depending on degree of drama desired, accent light should minimally be 10X the general light or ambient light.

Class of Lamp:  Incandescent lamps are classified as type B or type C.  The type B lamp is one in which the filament operated in a vacuum.  The type C lamp is one in which the filament operates in an atmosphere of inert gas.  For gas-filled lamps which can be operated in any position the lumen maintenance is best when lamps are operated base up.  For the vacuum type lamps which have no restrictions on operating position the lumen maintenance is the same in all operating positions.

Lumen:  Sl unit of luminous flux.  Photometrically it is the luminous flux emitted within a unit solid angle (lsr) by a point source having a uniform luminous intensity of l cd –or- The unit for measuring the flux of light being produced by a light source or received by a surface.

Maximum Overall Length (MOL):  Maximum Overall Length is measured from the top of the bulb to the bottom of the base.

Rated Average Life:  The length of operation (in hours) at which point an average of 50% of a large sample of lamps will still be operational and 50% will not.

Task Lighting:  Lighting designed for a specific visible operation which requires higher light levels; most often characterized by proximity to that task.

Voltage:  A measure of electromotive force or simply said, the pressure of electricity.  This is analogous to pressure in a water line.  In this catalog, voltage refers to supply voltage required by the lamp (incandescent) or operating voltage required by the arc tube (discharge lamps).

Watt:  Unit used to measure electric power consumed by a lamp or any electrical device.

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Did we answer your questions?  If not, let us know.  We know that buying light bulbs can be confusing and want to help you make the best decision for your home or work place.


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