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Lighting Information
Defective Products and Short Bulb Life
Why do my bulbs seem to burn out quickly?

Light bulbs can burn out quickly for a variety of reasons. The first thing to do if a bulb seems to burn out quickly is check the fixture. Light fixtures can wear out over time and develop wiring problems that blow out bulbs. If bulbs are repeatedly burning out quickly in the same light fixture, it's probably the fixture. (Of course, be sure you're following the fixture manufacturer's specifications for light bulb wattage, voltage, and bulb shape.) 

The second thing to consider is the type of bulb you're buying. Some new bulb types have a longer bulb life than regular incandescent light bulbs. If you want bulbs that last longer, look for our GE energy smart® CFL and LED bulbs. Some CFLs last up to 10 years, while some LEDs last over two decades.

What should I do if I have a defective light bulb?

We're sorry if you've encountered a problem with one of our lighting products; we strive to deliver the highest quality products available. For the quickest and most effective service, please return the product to the retailer where it was purchased, who will be able to provide you with an immediate solution. If you have a problem that prevents you from returning the product to the retailer, please contact us. 

Concerned about short light bulb life? Look for our GE energy smart® CFL and LED bulbs. Some CFLs last up to 10 years, while some LEDs last over two decades.

Where can I get replacement bulbs and information about GE holiday lights?

If you think you have a defective holiday light set, please return it to the retailer where it was purchased for the quickest and most effective service. 

GE holiday light sets and holiday replacement bulbs are available from Nicolas Holiday, Inc. which has a licensing agreement with GE to make and distribute all GE holiday lights. From their website, www.geholidaylighting.com, you can get instructions on replacing fuses and bulbs, get live online help from a customer service representative, send them email, and more. You can also call Nicolas Holiday, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-398-7337 Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST). (Hours may be extended during the holiday season.)

Grow Lights
What can I grow with my Grow lights?

Grow lights can be used to grow a wide variety of plants indoors, including seedlings, lettuce and other leafy greens, herbs, flowers and fruiting plants, such as tomatoes and peppers.

How does GE's Grow Light technology work?

GE’s Grow lights delivers two different light wavelength spectrums to maximize plant growth potential based on the type of plant being grown and its growth stage, all inspired by best practices used by professional growers.

GE’s Balanced Spectrum LED Grow lights, used for Seeds & Greens, provides nourishment for the early and mid-stages of plant growth in seedling trays. This mix of blue and red is appropriate for growing leafy greens and herbs through maturity to harvest.

GE’s Advanced Red-light Spectrum LED Grow light, used for Flowers & Fruits, provides the most appropriate nourishment for plants entering the flowering stage of their growth.

 

How many lights do I need for proper growth?

This depends on the type of plant, size of plant, and how many plants you are trying to grow.  A single light might be appropriate for a small pot with a single plant or a small seedling tray.  As plants get larger or the required coverage area expands, more lights may be needed.  Generally, if plants are growing well and have a compact, robust structure, they are getting enough light.  If plants are weak, with elongated stems and many small leaves, this may indicate additional light needs to be provided.  Up to eight GE Grow Light fixtures may be connected in series by using the integrated cords and receptacles in the fixtures.  GE Grow Lights come in several forms, which may be mixed to provide more light. 

Which of your products work better for different types of plants?

Our Grow line products focus on two spectrums- balanced and reproductive. Depending on the type of plant you want to grow, only one may be needed for the entire growth cycle, or both. For a non- flowering plant, grow products with balanced spectrum light technology can be used for the full growth cycle from establishment to maturation. In contrast, a flowering plant would need a product with balanced light spectrum technology for the beginning stages of its growth cycle and would benefit from an addition or transition to a product with reproductive light spectrum technology for the stages from flowering to harvest.

 

How do I know how long I need to keep the lights on?

Different types of plants need different amounts of light. Check your seed packaging or plant tags or ask at the nursery for specific suggestions. While seedlings or vegetative plants can require as much as 18 hours of light exposure each day, flowering plants benefit from at least 12 hours. Timers or smart plugs can be connected to the lights to help manage or automate these cycles.

How are GE Grow Lights different/better than what is out on the market today?

GE’s LED Grow Lights feature a prescribed light spectrum with high Photosynthic Photon Flux (PPF). Within Grow lights, the higher the PPF number, the more light generated for photosynthesis and growth. Within an indoor environment with high PPF, plants can reach their full growth faster than the time it’d take under direct sunlight.

GE’s Grow Lights feature the highest PPF in the industry when compared to comparable models with more PPF per watt, combined with greater efficiency, for higher efficacy

Unlike other systems on the market today, GE’s grow lights emit a natural white light vs. an artificial purple light found in most grow systems, so the indoor garden is pleasant to be around no matter where you decide to grow.

  • High PPF (exceeds comparable competitive models)
  • High Efficacy (true 660nm red LEDs – not red phosphor)
  • Two Growth Spectrums for optimized growth given stage and type of plant
  • Balanced with ~3:1 red:blue flux (general purpose)
  • Reproductive Red / Flowering with ~6:1 red:blue flux (fruiting/flowering)
Is indoor gardening really a trend? What are the stats?

Yes – today one in three households are growing their own food. Indoor gardening appeals to those who want fresh, healthy food year-round. Gardening indoors eliminates the challenges of unpredictable weather, poor soil conditions, pests and weeds.

Where would I put these lights in my house?

GE Grow Lights work great in any area of the home, from a kitchen herb station to a basement workspace.

How close do I need to keep them to my plants?
  1. In general, most should be positioned 6 inches above the plants, but there is a range dependent upon three things to consider:
    1. Type of plant you are growing
    2. Type of light source being used ie. BR30, PAR38, Linear tube or linear fixture
    3. PPF output of light source

Here are some general guidelines to start.  You may adjust depending on plant response.

  1. In general, most should be positioned 6 inches above the plants, but there is a range dependent upon three things to consider:
    1. Type of plant you are growing
    2. Type of light source being used ie. BR30, PAR38, Linear tube or linear fixture
    3. PPF output of light source

Here are some general guidelines to start.  You may adjust depending on plant response.

grow-lights-ppf

 

Are Grow Lights going to help my plants grow faster?

Yes, under the right conditions. Our LED Grow lights will support a plant’s photosynthesis process during the growth cycle via photosynthetic active radiation technology and high photosynthetic photon flux levels incorporated in our products.   With high PPF, plants can reach their full growth faster (within an indoor environment @ 18hrs. per day) than the time under direct sunlight (outdoor environment).

How long does it take from beginning to end to grow something meaningful?

We suggest you consult your seed packet for a time range.  Plants have different growing cycles, so it is best to learn more about your plant’s growth cycle so that you can determine the length of time it will take.

Can I do the whole grow cycle with these lights or is this something I start inside and then go outside with?

Our Grow light technology allows you to control the locations of plants during their growth cycles. Completing the entire growth cycle of a plant indoors is a feasible option since we carry products with different light spectrums for the different stages of growing a plant. Similarly, you can also start a growth cycle of a plant during its off season and then transplant it outside once the external environment factors are compatible with the plant again, and vice versa.

Isn’t it going to take a lot of energy and money to keep lights on that long?

No, because these are LED lamps they are about 40%-80% more efficient than traditional lights such as fluorescent and incandescent.

What types of solutions do you offer and how much are they?

Retail prices with vary by retailer, but should reflect MSRPS of:
BR30 – $15-$18

PAR38 – $40-$45
T8 48-Inch Tube Type A – $25-$30
24-Inch Linkable Fixture - $70-$80
48-Inch Integrated Fixture – $50-$60
 

How can I gauge if everything is working?

Light intensity is only one of three key components which ensure proper growth. Soil condition along with the proper amount and frequency of watering round out the other two components. You should learn about your plant’s growth cycle to maximize growth and reduce challenges along the way. By doing so, you can select the proper model and light spectrum combination to provide sufficient lighting. We suggest regular inspections to confirm that plants are on the correct growth track.

Do I need to water more, consider fertilizer or take any additional precautions?

When gardening with our Grow products, treat the plants no differently than if they were planted in the traditional sense. Although not necessary, you are welcome to incorporate any additional water supply systems, fertilizer, and precautions at their own discretion.

Where are GE Grow Lights available for purchase?

March 2019: Right now, Grow Lights are available at True Value, Amazon.com and Walmart.

Product will be available in Target stores in May 2019 and Lowe’s in June, with other retailers over the coming months.

 

Where can I find more information on GE Grow Lights?

www.gelighting.com/grow-lights

The product package/box has some helpful tips like recommended plants per Grow Light type and how many inches to place the light from the plant. Also, certain retailers will be showcasing a GE Grow Lights manual on their GE Grow Light displays, so make sure to look for one at your favorite store.

Are these lights for both amateurs and professionals alike?

Yes, GE’s Grow Lights are designed to be used by both amateurs and professionals alike. The lights deliver a blue:red ratio in a balanced spectrum inspired by best practices used by professional growers. The mix of blue and red allows plants to absorb the maximum amount of light for their growth stages.

How long will the lights last?

Floodlights, linear tubes and integrated fixtures last up to 25,000 hours.

Explain more on the aesthetics of the lights for different spaces and places in the home.

GE’s Grow Lights can be used in various lamps and fixtures to coordinate best with your home or room’s aesthetics. The light output appears white to the eye, not a harsh purple like some grow lights on the market.

Is it okay to combine sunlight and supplemental plant lights?

Yes! You can start a cycle indoor and move the plants outdoor or vice versa. You could also combine natural light nearby a window with GE Grow lights.

Are there different traditional lighting technologies for indoor plants?

Yes, there are, however, we suggest you stick with an LED grow light for the best, maximized grow results with the greatest efficiency

Sunlight uses UV rays. If this is recreating sunlight type elements, are these safe for me to use at home?

GE grow lights do not pose a UV risk.  They produce light in a visible spectrum. 

Is it safe for me to keep lights on 12-18 hours a day at home?

Yes – these are LEDs, so they run cooler than traditional light sources and operate efficiently.

Ballast and Fluorescent Tubes
Why do fluorescent light bulbs need a ballast?

Fluorescent light bulbs need a ballast because they use a gas to create light. Regular light bulbs (also known as incandescent bulbs) create light by heating a filament inside the bulb. The heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. In a fluorescent bulb, when the gas is excited by electricity, it emits invisible ultraviolet light that hits the white coating inside the fluorescent bulb. The coating changes the ultraviolet light into light you can see. (A lot of the energy used to create the heat that lights an incandescent bulb is wasted. Because fluorescent bulbs don't use heat to create light, they are far more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.) 

The combination of gas, electricity, and coating in a fluorescent bulb is so effective at producing light that, without something to regulate the electricity flowing into the bulb, the light will continue to gain intensity until the bulb stops working. That's where a ballast comes in — it supplies the initial electricity that creates the light, and then it regulates the amount of electricity flowing through the bulb so that the right amount of light is emitted.

What is a ballast, and how does one work?

A ballast is an electrical component used with a fluorescent bulb (or mercury vapor lamp or arc lamp) to conduct electricity at each end of the tube. It supplies the initial electricity to the bulb that creates light, and then it regulates the amount of electricity flowing through the bulb so that it emits the right amount of light.

What makes compact fluorescent and fluorescent bulbs more energy efficient than regular bulbs?

Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescents) are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs because of the different method they use to produce light. Regular bulbs (also known as incandescent bulbs) create light by heating a filament inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. A lot of the energy used to create the heat that lights an incandescent bulb is wasted. A fluorescent bulb, on the other hand, contains a gas that, when excited by electricity, hits a coating inside the fluorescent bulb and emits light. Because fluorescent bulbs don't use heat to create light, they are far more energy-efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.

Do light bulbs (such as compact fluorescent bulbs) give off hazardous amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light?

Regular fluorescent light bulbs used in your home and office do not produce a hazardous amount of ultraviolet light (UV). Most light sources, including fluorescent bulbs, emit a small amount of UV, but the UV produced by fluorescent light bulbs is far less than the amount produced by natural daylight. (Ultraviolet light rays are the light wavelengths that can cause sunburn and skin damage.) 

Your safety is important to us; that's why, for all of our light bulbs designed for general public use, we strive to minimize the amount of UV light emitted. 

If you're looking for a low-UV bulb for an especially sensitive area, try our Saf-T-Gard® bulbs. They block most ultraviolet light emissions, and they're also shatter-resistant.

Where can I find lighting disposal policies and contact information for my state or province?

In most states, fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs used at home can be disposed of in the same way as regular light bulbs. While all fluorescent bulbs contain a trace amount of mercury, the quantity is so minute that disposal is not regulated by federal standards (established by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency). You would have to dispose of an incredibly large amount of fluorescent bulbs — around 360 4-foot fluorescent tubes — before you would be subject to federal disposal standards. However, individual states and provinces also have established disposal standards, so you should check the disposal policies in your area.

How much heat (or infrared radiation) is emitted by regular, halogen, and compact fluorescent light bulbs?

Regular light bulbs, known as incandescent bulbs, create light by heating a filament inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. Halogen light bulbs create light through the same method. Because incandescent and halogen bulbs create light through heat, about 90% of the energy they emit is in the form of heat (also called infrared radiation). To reduce the heat emitted by regular incandescent and halogen light bulbs, use a lower watt bulb (like 60 watts instead of 100). 

Fluorescent light bulbs use an entirely different method to create light. Both compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain a gas that, when excited by electricity, hits a coating inside the fluorescent bulb and emits light. (This makes them far more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.) The fluorescent bulbs used in your home emit only around 30% of their energy in heat, making them far cooler than regular bulbs and an ideal choice whenever reducing heat from bulbs is important.

What's the white powder I see inside my fluorescent bulb?

The white powder that you see inside a fluorescent lamp is called phosphor, which is a substance that emits white, visible light whenever it absorbs light waves. Both compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain a gas that gives off invisible light when excited by electricity. This invisible light travels to the phosphor coating on the bulb, where it is transformed into light visible to the human eye.

What's the difference between a blacklight and a blacklight-blue bulb?

Blacklights are fluorescent lights that are designed to emit a specific type (UVA) of ultraviolet light (although a small amount of visible light is emitted as well). Blacklights are good for making certain substances that would normally be invisible glow (or “fluoresce”). For example, you may have had your hand stamped at an amusement park with an invisible ink that, when viewed under a blacklight, glowed a bright neon color. Blacklights are available in fluorescent and incandescent. Fluorescent blacklights are great to use for a party or blacklight poster; incandescent blacklights are an inexpensive way to create a party atmosphere. 

Blacklight-blue bulbs are designed with a special deep-blue glass that filters out visible light, producing the maximum amount of ultraviolet light possible. If you're looking for a blacklight that produces the minimum amount of visible light for an especially sensitive area, blacklight-blue bulbs are an ideal choice.

Automotive Lights
Where can I buy GE headlights and bulbs for my car?

In the United States, GE car headlights and bulbs are available at Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, and Ace Hardware.

What's the difference between Super Blue, high output (HO), and extra long life (XL) car headlights? Do Super Blue headlights produce blue light?

GE makes a variety of premium car replacement headlights for you to choose from, including Nighthawk™, SUV, Super Blue, Extra Long life, and High Output automotive lights.

  • Nighthawk is GE's brightest headlight. The exclusive design produces ultra bright light. This lamp is highly recommended when seeking the maximum light on the road.
  • SUV (Sport Utility) is a custom-designed product for the SUV, truck or van owner seeking a refined light.
  • Super Blue headlights produce a whiter light than regular headlights. (They don't produce blue light. They're called Super Blue because the whiter light they produce falls in towards the blue section of the color spectrum.)
  • Extra (“Xtra”) Long Life (XL) headlights are designed to last up to 2-1/2 times longer than regular headlights.
  • High Output (HO) headlights are produced to provide a brighter light than the standard product and can last up to 2 times the life of standard lamps.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
How does a compact fluorescent light bulb work?

Fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescents) are more energy efficient than regular bulbs because of the different method they use to produce light. Regular bulbs (also known as incandescent bulbs) create light by heating a filament inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. A lot of the energy used to create the heat that lights an incandescent bulb is wasted. A fluorescent bulb, on the other hand, contains a gas that produces invisible ultraviolet light (UV) when the gas is excited by electricity. The UV light hits the white coating inside the fluorescent bulb and the coating changes it into light you can see. Because fluorescent bulbs don't use heat to create light, they are far more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.

What's the difference between a compact fluorescent light bulb and a fluorescent bulb?

The primary difference is in size; compact fluorescent bulbs are made in special shapes (which require special technologies) to fit in standard household light sockets, like table lamps and ceiling fixtures. In addition, most compact fluorescent lamps have an “integral” ballast that is built into the light bulb, whereas most fluorescent tubes require a separate ballast independent of the bulb. Both types offer energy-efficient light.

What compact fluorescent light bulb do I buy to replace an incandescent (regular) bulb?

While a regular (incandescent) light bulb uses heat to produce light, a fluorescent bulb creates light using an entirely different method that is far more energy efficient — in fact, 4-6 times more efficient. This means that you can buy a 15-watt compact fluorescent bulb that produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt regular incandescent bulb. 

Don't worry about the math, though — we make it easy for you to figure out which compact fluorescent bulb to buy by displaying the equivalent regular watts you're used to prominently on the package. Just look for the wattage you would normally buy in a regular bulb. 

In case you're curious, here are the watts needed by regular incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. 

Standard Bulb to CFL Bulb Equivalent

40w = 10w

60w = 13w-15w

75w = 20w

100w = 26w-29w

150w = 38w-42w

250w-300w = 55w


Because the wattage of a CFL bulb is much lower than that of an incandescent, you can use higher wattage CFL giving you the equivalent light of a higher wattage incandescent. For example: If your fixture says not to exceed 60 watts, you can use a 15-watt CFL to get the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb or use up to a 42-watt CFL and increase the amount of light.

Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb with a dimmer switch?

To use a compact fluorescent bulb on a dimmer switch, you must buy a bulb that's specifically made to work with dimmers (check the package). GE makes a dimming compact fluorescent light bulb (called the Energy Smart Dimming Spirals®) that is specially designed for use with dimming switches. We don't recommend using regular compact fluorescent bulbs with dimming switches, since this can shorten bulb life. (Using a regular compact fluorescent bulb with a dimmer will also nullify the bulb's warranty.)

Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb in my 3-way lamp?

GE does make CFL bulbs for use in 3-way lamps. Check the package for this application. If a regular CFL is used in a 3-way switch, it will work on the middle (medium) setting and it should not damage the bulb. The 3-way switch does not alter the performance of the bulb.

Why does my compact fluorescent light bulb flicker or appear dim when I first turn it on?

The first compact fluorescent bulbs flickered when they were turned on because it took a few seconds for the ballast to produce enough electricity to excite the gas inside the bulb. Thanks to the refined technology in our new GE compact fluorescent bulbs, there is now no significant flicker (less than 1 second). GE also offers a Bright from the Start™ CFL, which provides full brightness the instant you flip the switch. 

Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb in an enclosed light fixture?

Compact fluorescent light bulbs may generally be used in enclosed fixtures, and GE offers dimmable CFLs for use in track and recessed fixtures.

Can I use a CFL bulb outside?

Many CFL bulbs can be used outdoors if used in an enclosed fixture. To be certain, look for the package or bulb to say that it can be used outdoors and verify the lowest operating temperature for the area where the product is being used.

Can I use a CFL in any position?

Yes, GE screwbase CFL bulbs can be used in any operating position unless there is text printed on the lamp or packaging that indicates a required operating position.

Can I use a CFL in applications involving vibration such as a ceiling fan or garage door opener?

Generally it is not recommended to use CFLs in vibrating environments. Vibration can cause the electronics in the CFL to fail. There is one CFL bulb (FLE11) that is available for use in a ceiling fan. Check the package for this application.

Can compact fluorescent bulbs create interference with electronic equipment, such as radios?

Many electronic devices, such as radios, televisions, wireless telephones, and remote controls, use infrared light to transmit signals. Infrequently, these types of electronic devices accidentally interpret the infrared light coming from a compact fluorescent bulb as a signal, causing the electronic device to temporarily malfunction or stop working. (For example, your television might suddenly change channels.) Fortunately, this only happens when light is produced at the same wavelength as the electronic device signals, which is rare. 

To reduce the chance of interference, avoid placing compact fluorescent bulbs near these kinds of electronic devices. If interference occurs, move the bulb away from the electronic device, or plug either the light fixture or the electronic device into a different outlet.

Does the EPA recommend the use of CFL bulbs?

Yes. CFLs, when compared with standard incandescent bulbs, offer many benefits. First, they help save energy and money. They use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with a 13-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Second, CFLs offer convenience, because they last longer, and come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture. In addition, CFLs produce about 70% less heat than standard incandescent bulbs, so they're safer to operate and can help cut energy costs associated with home cooling. When shopping, always look for ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs.

Is it true that CFLs contain mercury? Why and how much?

CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing — an average of 5 milligrams (roughly equivalent to the tip of a ball-point pen). Mercury is an essential, irreplaceable element in CFLs and is what allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. By comparison, older home thermometers contain 500 milligrams of mercury and many manual thermostats contain up to 3000 milligrams. It would take between 100 and 600 CFLs to equal those amounts. 

There is currently no substitute for mercury in CFLs; however, manufacturers have taken significant steps to reduce mercury used in their fluorescent lighting products over the past decade.

Should I be concerned about using CFLs in my home or should I take any special precautions?

CFLs are safe to use in your home. No mercury is released when the bulbs are in use and they pose no danger to you or your family when used properly. However, CFLs are made of glass tubing and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Be careful when removing the lamp from its packaging, installing it, or replacing it. Always screw and unscrew the lamp by its base, and never forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket by its tubes. Learn how to dispose of used CFLs properly.

I have heard CFLs can overheat and smoke — should I be worried? Why does it happen?

The vast majority of CFLs reach the end of useful life and fail passively. In some cases, electronic components in the ballast power supply (such as capacitors and resistors) may fail in a manner that will result in some smoke, odor, or discoloration (browning) of the plastic housing. The failure of some electrical components can result in an audible “popping” or “sizzling” sound. It is the function of the ballast housing to contain such failures and prevent the plastic or failed components from igniting. GE CFLs are ENERGY STAR qualified and meet UL standards, which require the materials to be self–extinguishing. It is the nature of fire retardant materials to exhibit some deformation or discoloration in a protective mode. At the first sign of any odor, smoke or erratic behavior, disconnect power to the lamp. Allow it to cool and unscrew it from the socket by the handling the base, not by the glass.

I have a CFL that has produced a very unpleasant odor and some smoke when it failed. Is this common? Hazardous? What should I do if this happens in the future?

The vast majority of CFLs do not produce either an odor or smoke when the CFL either fails or reaches its normal end of life. However, CFLs, like many electrical or electronic products, can sometimes fail in a way where one of the electrical components or plastic materials will briefly produce a very irritating odor and possibly some smoke. Any smoke or odor produced is in a low concentration, which will not result in a hazard. However, in the relatively small number of cases where this might occur, it can produce a very pungent smell that is certainly not pleasant. 

If this situation occurs, the easiest way to eliminate any odor is to follow the same approach that one would use to eliminate any other unpleasant odor or smell. Briefly leave the immediate area if it is very irritating. Next, after waiting 10 or 15 minutes, air out the room by opening any doors or a window if there is one. This will quickly dissipate the remaining fumes or smell. If available, a normal portable household fan or ceiling fan will accelerate the process. Properly dispose of the lamp.

What do I do with a CFL when it burns out? What is the proper disposal of a CFL bulb?

Like paint, batteries, thermostats, and other hazardous household items, CFLs should be disposed of properly. Do not throw CFLs away in your household garbage if better disposal options exist. To find out what to do first check www.earth911.com (where you can find disposal options by using your ZIP Code) or call 1-800-CLEAN-UP for local disposal options. Another option is to check directly with your local waste management agency for recycling options and disposal guidelines in your community. Additional information is available at www.lamprecycle.org. Finally, IKEA stores take back used CFLs, and other retailers are currently exploring take back programs. 

If your local waste management agency offers no other disposal options except your household garbage, place the CFL in a plastic bag and seal it before putting it in the trash. If your waste agency incinerates its garbage, you should search a wider geographic area for proper disposal options. Never send a CFL or other mercury containing product to an incinerator. 

ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs have a two-year warranty. If the bulb fails within the warranty period, return it to your retailer.

What should I do if a CFL breaks?

Because there is such a small amount of mercury in CFLs, your greatest risk if a bulb breaks is getting cut from glass shards. Research indicates that there is no immediate health risk to you or your family should a bulb break and it's cleaned up properly. You can minimize any risks by following these proper clean-up and disposal guidelines:

  • Sweep up—don't vacuum—all of the glass fragments and fine particles.
  • Place broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any stray shards of glass or fine particles. Put the used towel in the plastic bag as well.
  • If weather permits, open windows to allow the room to ventilate.

Additional information available from the EPA.

What is mercury, what are the sources of mercury emissions, and what are the risks?

Mercury is an element (Hg on the periodic table) found naturally in the environment. Mercury emissions in the air can come from both natural and man-made sources. Utility power plants (mainly coal-fired) are the primary man-made source, as mercury that naturally exists in coal is released into the air when coal is burned to make electricity. Coal-fired power generation accounts for roughly 40% of the mercury emissions in the U.S. EPA is implementing policies to reduce airborne mercury emissions. Under regulations issued in 2005, coal-fired power plants will need to reduce their emissions by 70 percent by 2018. 

CFLs present an opportunity to prevent mercury emissions from entering the environment because they help to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. A coal-fired power plant will emit 13.6 milligrams of mercury to produce electricity required to use an incandescent light bulb, compared to 3.3 milligrams for a CFL. 

Even in areas without significant coal-fired power generation as part of the electricity mix (e.g., Alaska and the Pacific Northwest), there are other, equally positive environmental impacts from saving energy through the use of CFLs: reduction of nitrogen oxides (which cause smog), and prevention of substantial quantities of CO2, a greenhouse gas (which is linked to global warming), as well as other air pollutants. 

Airborne mercury poses a very low risk of exposure. However, when mercury emissions deposit into lakes and oceans, they can transform into methyl mercury that builds up in fish. Fish consumption is the most common pathway for human exposure to mercury. Pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable to the effects of this type of mercury exposure. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that most people are not exposed to harmful levels of mercury through fish consumption. However, the FDA and state agencies do issue public health advisories. 

EPA offers additional information and resources on all sources of mercury at www.epa.gov/mercury.

Do light bulbs (such as compact fluorescent bulbs) give off hazardous amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light?

Regular fluorescent light bulbs used in your home and office do not produce a hazardous amount of ultraviolet light (UV). Most light sources, including fluorescent bulbs, emit a small amount of UV, but the UV produced by fluorescent light bulbs is far less than the amount produced by natural daylight. (Ultraviolet light rays are the light wavelengths that can cause sunburn and skin damage.) 

Your safety is important to us; that's why, for all of our light bulbs designed for general public use, we strive to minimize the amount of UV light emitted. 

If you're looking for a low-UV bulb for an especially sensitive area, try our Saf-T-Gard® bulbs. They block most ultraviolet light emissions, and they're also shatter-resistant.

How much heat (or infrared radiation) is emitted by regular, halogen, and compact fluorescent light bulbs?

Regular light bulbs, known as incandescent bulbs, create light by heating a filament inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. Halogen light bulbs create light through the same method. Because incandescent and halogen bulbs create light through heat, about 90% of the energy they emit is in the form of heat (also called infrared radiation). To reduce the heat emitted by regular incandescent and halogen light bulbs, use a lower watt bulb (like 60 watts instead of 100). 

Fluorescent light bulbs use an entirely different method to create light. Both compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain a gas that, when excited by electricity, hits a coating inside the fluorescent bulb and emits light. (This makes them far more energy-efficient than regular incandescent bulbs.) The fluorescent bulbs used in your home emit only around 30% of their energy in heat, making them far cooler than regular bulbs and an ideal choice whenever reducing heat from bulbs is important.

What is the white powder I see inside my fluorescent bulb?

The white powder that you see inside a fluorescent lamp is called phosphor, which is a substance that emits white, visible light whenever it absorbs light waves. Both compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain a gas that gives off invisible light when excited by electricity. This invisible light travels to the phosphor coating on the bulb, where it is transformed into light visible to the human eye.

Premium Light Bulbs and Light Quality
Do some bulbs provide better quality light than others?

Each bulb in our HD LED series enhances different colors, creating the perfect mood where you need it. So if you know the room, you know the light.

  • Reveal – GE’s best light. REVEAL bulbs filter out dulling yellow light to give you incredible color contrast PLUS whiter whites for exceptional clarity. The bulb’s clean, beautiful light is perfect for detailed tasks and beautiful spaces. Use REVEAL light in kitchens, bathrooms, and spaces where clarity matters most.
  • Relax – GE’s enhanced energy efficient soft white light. RELAX HD light offers a warm, soft white light perfect for comfortable moments and cozy spaces. Use RELAX light in spaces like bedrooms, family rooms, and dining rooms.
  • Refresh – GE’s enhanced energy efficient daylight. REFRESH HD light offers a cool, invigorating daylight perfect for energizing moments and active spaces. Use REFRESH light in playrooms, home offices, laundry rooms, and even outside.
Where can I find information about GE reveal® light bulbs?

You don't have to settle for the dingy yellow rays produced by inferior bulbs. Instead, transform every room in your home from ordinary to extraordinary with reveal® bulbs. reveal's unique neodymium glass filters out the dull, yellow rays of regular soft white bulbs, leaving you with enhanced, vivid surroundings. You'll be delighted with the difference — guaranteed. 

Pick a room. Change all the bulbs. See the results. You won't believe the difference light quality can make in how your home looks.

Where to Buy GE Light Bulbs
Where can I buy GE light bulbs and lighting products for my home and car?

GE light bulbs are available from most home improvement, drug, discount, office supply, and grocery stores. Unfortunately, we can't tell you which store will have the exact bulb you need in stock. If you're looking for a hard-to-find bulb, an Internet store may be a convenient source.

Where can I get replacement bulbs and information about GE holiday lights?

If you think you have a defective holiday light set, please return it to the retailer where it was purchased for the quickest and most effective service. 

GE holiday light sets and holiday replacement bulbs are available from Nicolas Holiday, Inc. which has a licensing agreement with GE to make and distribute all GE holiday lights. From their website, www.geholidaylighting.com, you can get instructions on replacing fuses and bulbs, get live online help from a customer service representative, send them email, and more. You can also call Nicolas Holiday, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-398-7337 Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST). (Hours may be extended during the holiday season.)

Other Lighting Information FAQs
Why does a halogen light bulb last longer than a regular incandescent bulb?

Both regular incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs create light by heating a filament (made of tungsten) inside the bulb; the heat makes the filament white-hot, producing the light that you see. Usually, the bulb burns out when the filament wears out. 

The filament on a regular incandescent bulb wears out over time because the tungsten on the filament evaporates and is redeposited on the bulb's glass. (This is also why bulbs often appear darker when they burn out; what you're seeing is tungsten deposits on the inside of the glass.) Halogen bulbs last longer because the halogen gas inside the bulbs redeposits the tungsten back onto the filament as it evaporates. A halogen bulb will still eventually burn out, because the tungsten isn't redeposited evenly on the filament, and the filament will eventually develop a weak spot. Even so, halogen bulb technology is a great improvement over regular bulbs — they last around 4 times longer while providing a superior quality of light.

Does GE Lighting make light fixtures?

With the exception of under-cabinet fixtures and night lights, GE Lighting does not make light fixtures for the home. If you're looking for home light fixtures, you might try your local lighting distributors and home improvement centers.

Which light bulb do I use in my specific light fixture (e.g., table lamp, wall sconce, outdoor light post, etc.)?

For outdoor fixtures, it's important to buy a bulb with a package that says it was designed for outdoor use. To see GE bulbs rated for outdoor use, visit our Outdoor Lighting page. Of course, be sure you're following the fixture manufacturer's specifications for light bulb wattage, voltage, and bulb shape. If you have a special fixture type and aren't sure which light bulb to use, contact the fixture manufacturer.  

Where can I find information about ENERGY STAR energy-efficient light bulbs and lighting products?

We offer a wide range of GE energy-efficient light bulbs, including bulbs that meet the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR® performance standards. In fact, we were honored to have once again been named the EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year.

Where can I find information about long-life bulbs?

Some new bulb types have a longer bulb life than regular incandescent light bulbs you're used to. If you want bulbs that last longer, look for our GE energy smart® CFLs and LEDs. We also offer a line of energy-saving Soft White bulbs guaranteed to last 2-8 years* (depending on bulb type). 

Where can I find information about light bulb rebates?

Light bulb and lighting product rebates are only offered through local stores. To find out if any lighting product rebates are currently available, please check with light bulb retailers in your area.

Where can I find information on using light to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) is a form of depression caused by the lack of sunlight. It usually occurs in winter when natural light levels decrease. A common treatment for this condition is phototherapy, in which a light box is used to expose the patient to high levels of light for prolonged periods. Because of the high level of light used and the risk of eye damage due to ultraviolet radiation exposure, people who may be suffering from SAD should consult a health professional, who can suggest the most appropriate treatment. If a light box is recommended, your health professional should monitor the light intensity, length of exposure, number of treatments, and time of day that the treatments should be administered. 

We do not make a GE light box or light bulbs for use in phototherapy light boxes or visors. Regular light bulbs used in the home and public buildings, whether incandescent, fluorescent, compact fluorescent, or halogen, do not produce the intensity of light needed to treat seasonal affective disorder. If you believe you may suffer from SAD, contact a qualified health professional.

Where can I find lighting disposal policies and contact information for my state or province?

In most states, fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs used at home can be disposed of in the same way as regular light bulbs. While all fluorescent bulbs contain a trace amount of mercury, the quantity is so minute that disposal is not regulated by federal standards (established by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency). You would have to dispose of an incredibly large amount of fluorescent bulbs — around 360 4-foot fluorescent tubes — before you would be subject to federal disposal standards. However, individual states and provinces also have established disposal standards, so you should check the disposal policies in your area.

Does GE make a shatter-resistant bulb?

If you're looking for a shatter resistant bulb, try our Saf-T-Gard™ light bulbs. They have a coating that helps contain shattered particles if the bulb is broken.

What's the difference between a blacklight and a blacklight-blue bulb?

Blacklights are fluorescent lights that are designed to emit a specific type (UVA) of ultraviolet light (although a small amount of visible light is emitted as well). Blacklights are good for making certain substances that would normally be invisible glow (or “fluoresce”). For example, you may have had your hand stamped at an amusement park with an invisible ink that, when viewed under a blacklight, glowed a bright neon color. Blacklights are available in fluorescent and incandescent. Fluorescent blacklights are great to use for a party or blacklight poster; incandescent blacklights are an inexpensive way to create a party atmosphere. 

Blacklight-blue bulbs are designed with a special deep-blue glass that filters out visible light, producing the maximum amount of ultraviolet light possible. If you're looking for a blacklight that produces the minimum amount of visible light for an especially sensitive area, blacklight-blue bulbs are an ideal choice.

Where can I get service on my GE light meter?

We're currently unable to find a cost-effective source for light meter repair and calibration. Fortunately, these meters are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased through your local lighting distributor.

LED+
SPEAKER: How does the Speaker Bulb work?

To set up the bulb screw it in, and then turn the bulb on as you typically would at the switch. Once the bulb is on, you will then pair the bulb with your Bluetooth device quickly and easily simply by going into your device’s Bluetooth settings to find the bulb. The bulb will come up as “GE BR30 Speaker Bulb” or “GE A21 Speaker Bulb.” Once the bulb shows in these settings, you will be able to stream music, podcasts and more through the bulb just as you would’ve on your device.

In addition to controlling volume from your Bluetooth device, you can also control this through an included remote control. The remote also allows you to control the speaker or light independently of each other. You can have the lights on and speaker on, lights off and speaker on or lights on and speaker off.

SPEAKER: How do I set up the Bluetooth connection for my Speaker Bulb?

To set up the Bluetooth connection go to settings on your phone, click on Bluetooth, then click discover device. To ensure successful connection make sure the bulb is connected and turned on. When you are looking for a device it will appear as “GE BR30 Speaker Bulb” or “GE A21 Speaker Bulb.” When the bulb appears on your device as “connected” you will be able to play music, podcasts, and more.

SPEAKER: Can I pair my Speaker Bulb to different Bluetooth devices overtime, like my phone one day and my tablet the next?

Yes, you can pair the speaker bulb to different devices, but you will need to disconnect the bulb from the previous device and sync it to a new one.

SPEAKER: Do I have to set up a connection between my phone/Bluetooth device and the bulb each time I want to use my Speaker Bulb, or does it save/recognize the device?

No, you do not have to set up the bulb every time you connect as it will automatically be saved and recognized

SPEAKER: What if someone else in my house connects to a Speaker Bulb one hour and I want to connect it another time. Does it matter who connects what when?

Only one device can be connected to a bulb at a time. If you want to connect the speaker to someone else’s phone you will need to disconnect it from the previous device and sync with the new device.

SPEAKER: For my Speaker Bulb, can I stream from any source – iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, my voicemail, etc.

Yes, you can stream music, podcasts and more.

SPEAKER: How does the music feature work on my Speaker Bulb?

The music feature can be controlled from a phone or remote. If you are using the remote you can adjust the volume, change songs, and start or stop the music.

SPEAKER: What is the sound quality like on the Speaker Bulb? What does it compare to?

The speakers feature premium sound quality especially when placed at various spaces across a room or home.

SPEAKER: Does the Speaker Bulb have surround sound capability?

When multiple bulbs are placed strategically around a room, you will get the feeling of surround sound.

SPEAKER: Do I need a separate remote for each Speaker Bulb?

No, one remote is all you need.

SPEAKER: What happens if I lose the remote for my Speaker Bulb? Can I buy a replacement?

A remote is included when you purchase the speaker bulbs. Remotes are not sold separately at this time but might be introduced in the future.

SPEAKER: How many Speaker Bulbs can I connect together at once?

You can sync up to ten bulbs with no wiring or hub required.

SPEAKER: How do I connect multiple Speaker Bulbs?

To link additional bulbs, turn on added bulb and it will automatically sync with the parent bulb, or the first bulb that was set up in the system. Subsequent bulbs should be within 25 ft of the parent bulb.

SPEAKER: How do I un-pair Speaker Bulbs?

Point the remote to the bulb, then select the Bluetooth button to un-pair your bulbs.

SPEAKER: What does the “parent search” button on the Speaker Bulb remote do?

The “parent search” button looks for the parent bulb. The “parent” bulb is the first bulb that was set up. To check which bulb is the parent bulb, you can click “parent search” on the remote and the parent bulb will blink.

SPEAKER: What color is the Speaker Bulb?

The speaker bulb is offered in soft white.

SPEAKER: Is the Speaker Bulb dimmable?

The LED+ Speaker bulb can be dimmed with the remote but not with a dimmer switch.

SPEAKER: What shape are Speaker Bulbs offered in?

The speaker bulbs are offered in BR30 for recessed can applications and traditional general purpose A-line bulbs.

SPEAKER: Do the Speaker Bulbs have to be lit for the speaker to work?

No, the lights can be controlled independently of the speaker. You can have the lights on and speaker off, lights off and speaker on, or lights on and speaker off with the help of the remote.

SPEAKER: How do you keep Speaker Bulbs from overheating?

Your Speaker Bulb should not overheat as long as it is not placed in an enclosed fixture. 

SPEAKER: Do Speaker Bulbs use a lot more of my electricity?

These bulbs are energy efficient LEDs. The Speaker Bulb is 65W equivalent that uses only 9W.

SPEAKER: How long will Speaker Bulbs last?

The LED+ Speaker bulb is rated to last 13.7 years based on 3 hours of use a day.

SPEAKER: Will Speaker Bulbs blend in with other bulbs I’m already using today?

Yes, great care has been taken to design the product as well as quality light and sound.

SPEAKER: How much do GE LED+ Speaker Bulbs cost?

MSRP varies from $40-70, depending on the size bulb you buy. 

SPEAKER: How do GE LED+ Speaker Bulbs compare to other speaker bulbs in the market?

Our LED+ bulbs have better light/lumen output for a 60Ww equivalence while other products on the market have less light output and are only 40W.

BATTERY BACK UP: How does the Battery Back Up Bulb work?

To set up the battery back-up bulb, position the switch on the bulb to the ‘lamp’ position, screw in the bulb, and then turn on the lamp/fixture where you’ve installed your bulb. For initial set up, keep the light on for 10 hours to fully charge the battery. In case of a power outage, if the wall switch is on, the bulb will automatically go to battery backup and turn on. If the wall switch is off during a power outage either turn the switch to “on” or unscrew the bulb and use as a flashlight/lantern by turning the bulb switch to the flashlight position. In this mode the bulb will illuminate for approximately 5 hours without power.

BATTERY BACK UP: Does my wall switch have to be on for the battery powered light to come on?

Yes, when your wall switch is turned on, your battery back-up bulb will automatically go to battery backup and turn on.

BATTERY BACK UP: If my light switch is off during an outage, and I turn it on, will the battery powered light be triggered?

Yes, if you turn your light switch from off to on during an outage, your bulb will automatically go to battery backup mode and turn on.

BATTERY BACK UP: Can I turn on and off the battery powered light manually?

Yes, when you want to use the bulb as a flashlight, simply switch the bulb to the flashlight mode as noted on the bulb, the other mode is for use when the bulb is in the fixture.

BATTERY BACK UP: Does the battery powered light look different than light output at full electrical power?

Yes, light output is 760 lumens for a lamp and 650 lumens for BR30 in powered state and battery backup is 95 lumens, which is sufficient light for everyday tasks.

BATTERY BACK UP: If I have this in a fixture with other bulbs, will it look the same in terms of shape and color output?

This bulb is a 60w equivalent and features an omnidirectional light output, so if your other bulbs are comparable, they will blend well.

BATTERY BACK UP: Can I safely carry it around with me as a flashlight?

Yes, the bulb can be carried around and is shatterproof.

BATTERY BACK UP: How long will it stay illuminated with no power?

When fully charged, it will remain lit for approximately five (5) hours.

BATTERY BACK UP: How do I recharge it?

The bulb automatically recharges when the light is on and it’s in a powered fixture.

BATTERY BACK UP: It there a way to charge it outside of the socket?

No, the bulb needs to be charged in a socket.

BATTERY BACK UP: How does the light output compare to a normal flashlight?

The brightness of this battery lamp in ‘flashlight’ mode is equivalent to a normal flashlight.

BATTERY BACK UP: Does the bulb save on electricity?

These bulbs are energy efficient LEDs with a 60W output using only 8W of energy for general purpose A-Line, and 65W output using only 8W for flood light BR30.

BATTERY BACK UP: How much are they?

MSRP varies between $20-25, depending on the size bulb you buy.

BATTERY BACK UP: How long will my Battery Back Up Bulb last?

The LED+ Battery Back Up bulb is rated to last 13.7 years based on 3 hours of use a day.

DUSK TO DAWN: How does it work?

To set up the dusk to dawn bulb screw the bulb into the fixture, turn on the fixture, and ensure that ambient light can reach the bulb to trigger the ambient light sensor. The bulb will automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn as it senses ambient light. No other setup is needed.

DUSK TO DAWN: Can these be used inside?

The GE Dusk to Dawn bulb is recommended for use outside because of its build-in UV sensor.

DUSK TO DAWN: Do you need to connect the bulb to a hub or Wi-Fi?

No, this bulb requires no connection to other devices or wifi. 

DUSK TO DAWN: What if the bulb is covered in a fixture, will it still work or does the bulb have to be exposed in any way?

The bulb will still work if the sensor is exposed to an ambient light.

DUSK TO DAWN: What if I want my lights to stay on longer – like the all day/night. Outside of the sensor kicking on, can I just turn on the lights whenever I want?

No, dusk to dawn bulbs cannot be controlled manually because of the sensors in the bulb it’s made to turn on when light is detected.

DUSK TO DAWN: Will the lights turn on in reaction to mother nature? I.E. if we are facing a storm in the middle of the day and it’s really dark, will lights turn on then?

Yes, this bulb will turn on when it’s really dark outside since it is based on ambient light sensing, so if it gets dark the light will turn on.

DUSK TO DAWN: Do I need to do anything to ensure the sensor is ready to go?

No, just make sure your light switch is turned on.

DUSK TO DAWN: Since these are LEDs and last long, will the Sensor last as long as the bulb?

Yes. The sensor has the same life as the bulb

DUSK TO DAWN: How much are they?

MSRP varies from $8-10.

LINKABLE MOTION: How does it work?

Put the lamp in socket or install the fixture according to installation guide, turn on the power source to lamp or fixture. Light will turn on when motion is detected.

LINKABLE MOTION: How many bulbs or fixtures can be linked together?

Up to 30 bulbs or fixtures can be linked together.

LINKABLE MOTION: Can more than one unit be placed on the same circuit, controlled by the same switch?

Yes, more than one bulb or fixture can be used by the same switch.

LINKABLE MOTION: How do I pair the bulbs or fixtures, so they react together? Is this something that will stay set once I set it?

To link groups, set the desired bulbs or fixtures to the same Group (A, B, C, or D) on the control panel, by toggle ‘Group’ switch. Power on the desired bulbs or fixtures. Within 2 minutes of “power on” press the Web button on one bulb or fixture. Note that the bulbs or fixtures will flash 3 times to indicate the bulbs or fixtures are linked. All the group linkable lights should set up at the same time.  You can also have the fixture operate independently by selecting the “X” group.

LINKABLE MOTION: Can I set any sort of sensitivity levels with this or is it with any motion it’s triggered?

You can set the sensitivity of the PIR sensor to Low, Medium or High by changing the status of ‘Sensitivity’ switch on fixtures. Linkable PAR38 does not have this switch and cannot change sensitivity levels.

For Linkable Outdoor Fixture:

  • Low – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 25 feet
  • Medium – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 40 feet
  • High – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 60 feet

For Linkable Coach Light:

  • Low – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 20 feet
  • Medium – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 30 feet
  • High – the sensor’s detection distance is approximately 40 feet
LINKABLE MOTION: How long will the lights stay on after motion is no longer detected?

The activation timer determines the amount of time the light will stay on full brightness after last motion is detected.

The timer can be set to:

  • 10 seconds
  • 30 seconds
  • 3 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • Always

Setting the timer to Always will always maintain light output on desired fixture. There is no “Timer” switch option on the PAR38 lamp, timer is automatically set to be 3 minutes.

LINKABLE MOTION: Can I adjust the Dusk to Dawn Feature?

For Fixtures:

You can adjust the fixture’s built in dusk to dawn sensor for Day, Dusk and Night:

  • Day – light will operate all the time
  • Dusk – light will operate from dusk to dawn - at dawn, the lamp will stop operating
  • Night – light will operate from night to dawn

For PAR 38:

The dusk to dawn feature will only come on at night, 50% brightness, but when motion is detected, it will illuminate to full, 100% brightness. When motion stops, it will go back to 50%.

LINKABLE MOTION: Can you adjust the brightness of the light?

For Fixtures:

Yes, you can adjust the brightness of the fixture to 0%, 15%, 30%, 50% or 100% but note that when motion is detected, the light will illuminate from established brightness to 100% brightness.

 

For PAR 38:

The brightness is 50% when motion is not detected at night.

LINKABLE MOTION: Does the fixture connect to the bulbs, too, or just one product type to the same product type?

The fixture can be interconnected and connect to the bulb.

LINKABLE MOTION: How do I replace the bulb in the fixture?

You cannot change the bulb in the fixture. Since the bulbs are LEDs, you can expect a long life and should not have to replace for over a dozen years.

LINKABLE MOTION: How much are they?

MSRP varies from $25-90.

COLOR: How does this work?

To set up the color changing bulb, insert the bulb into a lamp/fixture and turn the lamp/fixture on. You will use the remote provided to change colors or to dim the light. You may also use the remote to turn the light on and off. The remote can be used up to 20ft away from the bulb. One remote can be used to control multiple bulbs.

COLOR: What colors are featured?

There are a variety of colors offered such as: soft white, daylight, red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, cyan, blue, and green.

COLOR: Why did you choose these colors?

We chose these to cover a broad spectrum of color range while keeping the product simple.

COLOR: Do I need a separate remote for each one?

No, one remote can control multiple bulbs.

COLOR: What happens if I lose my remote? Can I replace it?

A remote is included when you purchase the color bulb. Remotes are not sold separately at this time but may be introduced in the future.

COLOR: How far away does the remote work?

The remote is ideal for a range of 20 feet.

COLOR: Do they link together so I can control multiple bulbs with one remote – how?

You can control multiple bulbs with one remote, but the color bulbs don’t link together at this time.

COLOR: Is Wi-Fi required to use this product?

No, simple set up does not require W-Fi.

COLOR: If I have more than 1 bulb in a room and I want to make them different colors, can I? Would I need to use 2 remotes?

No, you can’t. Right now, the lamps cannot be controlled separately. All lamps will be controlled at the same time.

COLOR: I control other products in my house with remotes – i.e. LED candles – and sometimes when I’m using my TV remote the candles turn on. Any concern with these light bulbs randomly turning on like that?

No. The color lamps will not be controlled or affected by other remotes.

COLOR: Why would I buy this over your C by GE color bulbs or other color bulbs on the market?

The LED+ color bulb is a simplified solution for those who want to experience the different aspects that lighting offers without all the technical aspects. This product does not require an app like C by GE, instead you control the lights through a remote. 

COLOR: Can I have multiple colors in one room?

No – one room, one color. The same remote will control both bulbs.

COLOR: How much are they?

MSRP varies from $20-25.