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Bulb Data Search instructions
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Bulb data search is the easy way to locate bulbs (and range of bulbs) based on bulb's manufactures specifications. Although you can find any bulb type using this method; this feature is particularly useful for locating filament bulbs (such as incandescent and halogen.) This method of searching for bulbs works excellent if you have a good idea of what you need in the way of bulb's voltage, wattage (or amperage), and type of bulb base. And if needed you can often narrow down the results by glass shape and filament type in addition to searching all other bulb specifications. Using this feature is simple. It's also easy to do complex data searches.
Enter as much data in as many search fields as you like. The more you enter the narrower the search, less you enter the broader the search. Press button on search form to start the search after entering data in search field(s).
data variations... Bulb data contained on my website originates from many sources. Often different sources contain variations. For example, one source might list a bulb's voltage at 12v while another says 12.8v for same bulb. Another more common situation is line voltage bulbs. In USA, line voltage ranges around 110 to 130 volts depending on where you live. Some manufactures print on their bulbs 115v, while others print 120v or 125v (or some other close voltage number). These are all basically the same bulb. Good news is I have created easy ways to locate bulbs with variations from data which you might be expecting to find.
Close search: Enter bulb voltage value into volt field. Example, enter 12.8v to find bulbs close to 12.8v (volt). All 12.8v bulb will be located including bulbs which are close in voltage to 12.8v. Another example; 120v to find bulbs around 120 volts, including 110 to 130 volt bulbs. Doing Close search basically locates bulbs within +/-10% of your entered value.
Entering data limiter "v" (volt) in above examples is not required, but, good habit. Case of letter irrelevant. All other letters / punctuation ignored.
amp / watt:
The amp / watt field works same as volt field (described above), except you'll want to enter a (amp) or w (watt) after your value to limit search to either amp or watt data. For example 10a will locate only bulbs which are listed rated close to 10a (amp). Or, 100w will locate bulbs rated close to 100w (watt).
Entering a (amp) or w (watt) isn't required, but you should enter to distinguish between amp and watt to narrow search.
Click the button (on search form) and then click on the picture most resembling your bulb's base. The search code for that bulb base is automatically entered into base search field.
Click the button (on search form) and then click on the picture most resembling your bulb's glass shape. The search code for that glass shape is automatically entered into glass search field. (works similar to the BASE field described above)
Click the button (on search form) and then click on the picture most resembling your bulb's filament design. The search code for that filament design is automatically entered into filament search field. (works similar to the BASE field described above)
DATA RESULTS... Every bulb type (up to 50 maximum results) matching your search criteria will be displayed. Searches are performed on groups of bulb types and shown in this order... Top of list are bulbs in stock ready to ship (indicated by green background), special order bulbs not in stock (indicated by blue background), and then bottom of list are bulbs which I don't have in stock nor have a current supplier for (indicated by red background).
Not every bulb on my website has full specifications entered yet and if you search a field for data that hasn't been entered for that bulb, that bulb search will NOT find your bulb. If bulb's data is incomplete bulb will be difficult or impossible to find using this feature.
Final consideration: I suggest always entering voltage and watt (or amp) data with searches. Try to also to enter bulb base data. If too many results are found, only then should you enter glass shape data. MY priority for adding bulb data to website database is in this order; #1 voltage and amp / watt data, #2 bulb base data, #3 glass shape data. Filament data is much lower priority for me as there's fair amount of variation in the industry which makes filament searches less reliable as a search medium. My time is best spent improving the accuracy of the volt, amp /watt, base and glass data fields first.
Good news is my database expands and accuracy improves daily!
Enjoy! - Don Schnapp