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Light bulb buying guide

We offer a wide range of light bulbs & tubes to suit a variety of lighting situations and needs, with each technology providing its own benefits and qualities.


Choose the right bulb

When deciding between different types of bulb or tube, as well as the design and colour, important factors to consider are ease of fitting and replacing, intensity, energy efficiency and directionality of the light emitted required for your space. Click on the bulb types below to help you choose the right one for you.

Bulb types

Halogen Bulbs

Perfectly suited for most lighting appliances including spotlights, flush, recessed, dimmable and wall lights.

Halogen Bulbs
  • Instant brightness
  • 25% more energy efficient than traditional bulbs
  • Life span: less than 2 years

LED Bulbs

High performance, outstanding design, state of the art LED technology and ideal for all household lighting.

LED Bulbs
  • Lasts 12 times longer than a standard halogen bulb
  • Uses up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • Instant brightness

Fluorescent Bulbs

We have a wide selection of replacement fluorescent tubes in a range of different sizes and wattages.

Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Practical
  • Energy efficient
  • Quick start-up time

CFL Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs create soft, diffused lighting and are great energy saving alternatives to traditional light bulbs.

CFL Bulbs
  • Long life
  • Save up to 80% energy compared to incandescent bulbs
  • Longer to reach full luminosity

Specialist

Specialist bulbs for specific jobs & appliances, including strip lights, fridges, ovens and rough service bulbs.

Specialist Bulbs

Smart

Controlled via the free Hue app, Philips Hue offers you the freedom to control your lighting remotely from your smartphone or tablet.

Smart Bulbs
  • Easy installation
  • Control your lights from your phone
  • Check compatibility with other smart home appliances

Bulb shapes

Classic

Traditional bulbs with iconic style but new technology.

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Candle

An energy efficient solution with an elegant look.

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Reflector

Emits a crisp and bright light.

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Tubes

Long lasting and good for lighting up large areas.

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Mini Globe

A smaller version of the classic bulb.

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Spotlight

Contemporary, stylish and popular for recessed downlighting.

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Spiral & Stick

High performing energy savers with a long life.

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Bulb technology

Different technologies offer different qualities of lighting and power consumption. See our table below for more information:

Bulb technology

Always check the beam angle of a specific bulb to ensure it's suitable for your space and consider which angle will work best. A wider beam angle means the light is more spread out and is great for lighting up a whole area, where the light doesn’t need to be focused. Choose a narrow beam angle for an area where you spend time doing a task (such as preparing food) so the light is concentrated in one place.

Kelvin Colour Temperature Scale

The Kelvin colour temperature scale is a useful guide to the colour your lighting will provide. A bulb with a high rating (over 5000K) will give a blue-toned, cooler light and a bulb with a lower rating (around 3000K) will provide a warmer light.