It's becoming more common today to find bulbs that have a lower voltage than
standard 120 volt. The reason for that is the technology to operate low
voltage light bulbs properly has improved, better control with better
transformers make these lamps a reality for everyday use. There are many
different voltages they could be classified this way such as 6 volt, 12 volt or
24 volt, but the most common of these are the 12 volt bulbs. Some come in MR16
shape, MR11 or even the common household light bulb. These are the standard size bulbs which you might be familiar with,
the ones you've probably bought for years in hardware stores. You might
also know them as A19 bulbs. The "A"
shape was one of the first designs and continues to still be the one most people
use. They fit in almost any light fixture, but one of the most common
places that it's used are in landscape and outdoor lighting. It has a
standard medium base and screws into sockets that are made for all kinds of
lighting. The reason they have an outdoor application is that many light systems for landscape light fixtures utilize low voltage light bulbs.
Of course, there are the 12 volt halogen lamps of the bipin variety which fit
in these fixtures as well. They are very small, so it makes an ideal
solution for small fixtures requiring high amounts of illumination.
Incandescent lamps are the type that were developed earliest of any of the other
kinds and these developed into what we know as the low voltage light bulbs.
As far as the household bulbs go, there are several wattages of these that are available right now which would be
the 25, 50, 75 or 100 watt versions. They have a frosted finish and are the
same size as regular bulbs. There are also a great number of MR16
lamps which are the 12 or 24 volt specification in many wattages and a variety of
beam spreads. The MR16 is commonly used in track lighting in retail stores
and the 12 volt system is the one of choice for most engineers.
If you don't know whether you have a low or high voltage system inside
then you need to have an electrician check it out for you or check the previous
bulb you used and look for a lower volt rating than 120 volt anywhere on the bulb itself. Although
this voltage isn't a common use of an A shape light bulb, they do pop up once in a while for
certain kinds of 12 volt lighting situations. We always keep these in
stock and we sell them at a very reasonable price.
If you've decided on eLightBulbs.com, you've made an excellent choice for
low voltage light bulbs. From landscape lighting, track lighting, recessed
lighting in finer
homes, you will most likely find these special lamps
lighting your way. Remember that there are many types of bulbs, we describe just
some of the most common used in home and commercial lighting here. Whatever
type you choose, you will be getting the highest quality and the most
light you can for your money. If you need help identifying a bulb,
our customer service representatives can help you determine what you have.