You've probably seen those little E14 bulbs before - they're the ones that fit into all sorts of fancy light fixtures and have a tiny screw fitting. You can get them in loads of different shapes to match your decor style, which is pretty cool. But what's even cooler is knowing that E14 bulbs have LED types that are energy-efficient to help keep your electricity bill low and reduce your carbon footprint over time. Plus, since they last so long, you won't have to replace them nearly as often!
E14 bulbs are small screw socket bulbs with a 14mm diameter screw thread and are pretty much household staples these days. It is like the younger sibling of the classic light bulb we all know, the E27. So basically, the name comes from its socket size - 14 mm in diameter. Even though they always have a consistent base, their physical appearance can vary.
Importance of choosing the right bulb
The right light bulbs can make a big difference in any space. They affect the atmosphere and the functionality of the room. So, it's important to choose them carefully. But new lighting technologies offer more options and lower energy bills. And they make choosing a light bulb harder than before. So let's look at the three main things you need to think about when picking light bulbs: how bright they are, how warm or cool they look, and how much energy they use.
Most Popular Brands
Before we proceed in exploring the 3 factors above, let’s get to know first some of the leading E14 bulb manufacturers.
Philips: This brand has all kinds of LED, halogen, and fluorescent bulbs in different shapes and sizes. Philips' bulbs are top-notch - they're energy-efficient, long-lasting, and really high quality.
Firefly: This company focuses on LED bulbs that give off bright and cozy light. Firefly bulbs are also tough, environmentally friendly, and won't break the bank.
FSL: This brand creates LED bulbs suitable for diverse fixtures and purposes. Their products are known for being energy-efficient, economical, and highly effective. With an extensive selection available, they cater to different demands and preferences.
Different shapes of E14 Bulbs
Candle: Basically, these light bulbs look like a candle flame and are usually used for decorative lighting fixtures. They may be labeled with codes like C7, C9, C15, or CA101.
Globe: These bulbs have a spherical shape and are usually larger than other types. They may come with codes like G45 or G502.
Reflector: These light bulbs come with a shiny layer that guides the beam of light in a particular direction. You might see labels such as R39 or R502 on them.
Tubular: These bulbs have a cylindrical shape. They are often used in specific fixtures or appliances and might be labeled with codes such as T22 or T25.
Choosing the right light bulb for your space
Learn more about the 3 factors you should consider when buying for a light bulb. The following will sum up what you need to know and lessen the overwhelming choices you’ve seen online.
Which colour temperature do I need?
Always remember that colour temperature = Kelvin. When choosing a light bulb, the color temperature is crucial. It can totally transform how your room appears by affecting everything, from the paint to the vibe and energy it emits.
A low color temperature means warm light with more red, while a high colour temperature means cool light with more blue. A higher colour temperature (around 5000K-6500K) works great in spots where you need to focus and be productive, such as your kitchen or home office. It provides a clearer, brighter atmosphere that's perfect for getting stuff done. Cool lighting is believed to give you an energy boost and improve concentration, making it perfect for places where you need to stay focused.
A soft and cozy vibe is created by warm light, which has a color temperature of 2700K-3000K. It's perfect for places like bedrooms, living rooms, or dining areas where you want to feel comfortable and relaxed. People say that soft lighting can help you unwind, feel less tense and make you more comfortable. All of these colour temperature specification is always available on the product page so there is no need for you to worry to figure out which type of bulb has it. So choose a temperature that suits your style and makes your space even better. Whether you like it warm and cozy or lively and vibrant, it's up to you!
Light Output (Lumens)
Instead of watts, which measure the energy needed to power a light bulb, you should look at lumens, which measure the brightness of the light. Lumens tell you how much light you will get from a bulb, so the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. This is also indicated on the product page when checking out for bulbs.
Dimmable option for E14 Bulbs
Dimmable bulbs are a game-changer! You can change the brightness and save on energy too. But there's this bulb that lets you adjust not just the amount of light but also the colour temperature. So you can switch from a cozy warm white to an even cozier glowing warmth that will work great as background lighting when chilling out or reading under a warmer glow.
It’s time to upgrade to LED bulbs. One of the best reasons to choose LED bulbs is their long lifespan and energy efficiency. You can lower your electric bills by using LED bulbs, because they need less energy to make the same amount of light as other bulbs.
You can enjoy a better and safer lighting experience with LED bulbs as they give a steady and clear light than other bulbs. They are also eco-friendly and healthy because they don’t have any harmful chemicals like mercury in them.
They hardly ever need replacing, which saves you money and hassle too. Plus, they don’t just stop working all of a sudden. They just become dimmer over time, so you can still use them until you’re ready to replace them. That’s why we always recommend LED bulbs to anyone looking for better lighting.
Applications of E14 bulbs
E14 bulbs are versatile and energy-efficient lighting options for home use. They can fit in various fixtures such as ceiling lights like pendants, table lamps, small wall sconces, and appliances like ovens, microwaves, and fridges. They come in different varieties such as LED, halogen, CFL, or incandescent.
Can LED E14 bulbs work inside ovens?
E14 LED bulbs are usually easy to install and more efficient than other types of bulbs for most fixtures and home lighting. But, they may not be the best choice for some appliances.
You may wonder if LED bulbs can survive in ovens. The answer is NO. Some people have experimented or made a mistake and found out that LED bulbs will melt when heated up inside the oven. LED bulbs work best in cool and moderate temperatures, from 25°C to 40°C (77°F to 104°F). When the temperature gets too high, the bulbs lose brightness and start melting. These delicate electronics cannot withstand such heat.
So what bulbs should be used inside the oven? Traditional halogen or incandescent bulbs are the best choice for ovens. They can handle high temperatures for a long time and have thick glass to prevent breaking and protect the filament. They also resist breaking if they come in contact with hot liquid.
Just like any other bulbs, you should check these 3 things when buying a new bulb for your oven:
The voltage of your oven.
Decide how bright the light should be and how many watts the bulb should have. It is possible to find oven bulbs that range from 15 watts to 40 watts.
You should also check the oven's bulb base. There is a possibility that it is an E14 base type, but it could also be an E26 base type if it is a 40-watt bulb that's bigger and brighter.
Want to switch to E14 LED Bulb?
To switch to LED bulbs, you need to know the wattage of your current bulb. Wattage is used to measure the brightness of bulbs, but not for LED bulbs. For LED bulbs, you should look at the lumen, which is the amount of light they produce. As we mentioned above, this specification is always available on the product page. If not, you can always reach out to Zest Lighting’s customer service.
Troubleshooting LED Bulbs issues
Early burned out
Industry experts say that mixing LED bulbs with old-style bulbs in the same fitting can cause LEDs to burn out early. LED bulbs produce less heat than old-style bulbs and as we talked earlier, these bulbs can’t handle very high temperatures. If they are near much hotter bulbs, or in a closed fitting, they may fail sooner. To avoid this, you should change all the bulbs in a fitting at the same time. This will help prevent overheating and make the light more even.
Flickering LED bulbs
Here are the possible reasons for buzzing and flickering LED bulbs:
The wrong dimming setup causes flickering and buzzing, and is usually caused by the wrong dimmer switch. You need to check the product’s manufacturer spec sheet or dimmer compatibility sheet to see if your dimmer switch is designed for LEDs. You also need to calculate the total wattage of the LED bulbs in the circuit and make sure it is within the range of the dimmer switch. If you have a leading edge dimmer, which is common for old-style bulbs, you may need to switch to a trailing edge dimmer, which is more suitable for low-power LEDs.
Another possible cause is a high-powered appliance on the same circuit as the LED bulbs. LED bulbs can flicker when the internal drivers adjust the voltage due to a voltage surge caused by the appliance. An electrician should check the circuits.
A loose connection is one of the most common causes of flickering; if you have eliminated other possible causes, you should consult an electrician as well.
Thanks for considering our E14 bulbs for your lighting needs! We hope this product page from Zest Lighting has provided you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. By choosing our E14 bulbs, you'll be getting a product that's not only energy-efficient and long-lasting but also versatile enough to be used in a variety of lighting applications. From table lamps to chandeliers, our E14 bulbs can help you create the perfect ambience in any room.