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LIGHTING HELP, ADVICE & INSPIRATION
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the right lighting. Below you will find our extensive library of jargon-busting, do-it-yourselfing, light-bulb-choosing guides and tutorials. Whether you need to know what a lumen is, or the difference between a GU10 and MR16, you will find the answer below.
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The 10 Best Light Bulbs and Fittings of 2018
These bulbs and fittings represent the best quality and best value you will find on Lightbulbs Direct.
The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban
These bulbs will be unavailable after September 2018
Light Bulb Safety, Handling and Disposal
Learn how to safely handle bulbs and tubes
Light Bulb Buying Guides
We know that buying light bulbs is not always easy, so we've put together a range of buying guides to help you get the right one every time. Whether you're choosing an LED bulb or a fluorescent tube, or any other type of bulb, you'll find the right advice here.
Choosing LED Light Bulbs
LED bulbs are energy efficient and long-lasting
Choosing Outdoor Floodlights
Choose from standard, PIR motion sensor and 'Dusk til Dawn' floodlights
Choosing Compact Fluorescents
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are some of the most energy efficient bulbs available today
Choosing Fluorescent Tubes
How to spot the difference between different fluorescent tubes and pick the right one for you
Choosing Daylight & Full Spectrum Bulbs
See how you could use daylight bulbs to improve your workspace
Choosing Ultraviolet Bulbs
From blacklight bulbs to powerful germicidal UV tubes, picking the right ultraviolet bulb is very important
Fitting new light bulbs is usually a straightforward affair, but there are occasions where a bit of tinkering is needed. If you've never wired a light or fitted a dimmer switch before, take a look at our step-by-step guides to find out all you need to know.
How to Wire a Light
A step-by-step guide to wiring a light fitting
How to Fit a Dimmer Switch
An easy guide to fitting your own dimmer
How to Replace Low Voltage Halogen Spotlights with LEDs
Swap out those old halogen spotlights with energy efficient LEDs - it's easy!
How to Wire a Ceiling Rose
Learn how with our step-by-step guide
We know that there is a LOT of technical jargon to decipher when shopping for light bulbs, and we want to make it easier for you. If you want to know your warm white from your cool white, or the difference between a GLS and a golf ball, take a look at our guides below to find out.
Glossary of Lighting Terms
From amperes to watts, we bring you the definitive A-Z of lighting terms and acronyms
Spotlight Beam Angles
See the difference between different beam angles
Bathroom Zones and IP Ratings Explained
IP rated lights are vital for wet environments
Learn the difference between warm white and cool white
Light Bulb Spec Testing
How do we know 5W = 50W?
Lumens vs Watts: What is a Lumen?
Did you know that a light bulb's wattage no longer tells you how bright it is? Luckily, there's another simple way to tell
Light Bulb Fittings, Caps and Bases
We explain the differences between the vast range of light bulb caps out there. With pictures!
The Complete Guide to Dimming
Do you know your trailing edge from your leading edge dimmer? If not, let us guide you through it
All About LED Light Bulbs
You may have heard about LED lighting over the last few years, but how are they different to standard light bulbs? find out how you could save money and energy by switching to LED light bulbs.
How Much Money Could LED Bulbs Save You?
They're more efficient than traditional bulbs, but how much money can LED bulbs save you?
How Much Longer Do LED Light Bulbs Last?
As well as being energy efficient, LED light bulbs last waaaaay longer than other types of bulbs
Using Dimmer Switches with LED Bulbs
How do LED dimmers work?
All About LED Spotlights
Our guide to LED spotlights
Different Light Bulb Types
Light bulbs are now widely available in various shapes and sizes, not all of which are compatible with all types of lamps. Whether you're looking for a smaller light bulb for a table lamp, or a standard one for a ceiling light, you can find out which is best for the job here.
What is a GLS Light Bulb?
GLS bulbs have been around for ages, but how do they work and what different types are available?
What is a GU10 Light Bulb?
It might just be a fancy name for your kitchen spotlights, but there's a lot you might not know about the humble GU10
What is a Golf Ball Light Bulb?
They're small and round, but don't go hitting them with a golf club. Find out what you should do with them instead