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Congratulations: You are making wise money and energy saving choices!
MinionsWeb LED bulbs offer an exceptional value for modern lighting, delivering far more light for your dollar than other lights sold on the internet.
MinionsWeb LEDs are the choice for those who want to save money, electricity and be environmently conscientious.
MinionsWeb LED Lamps are powered by ultra high intensity LED’s perfect for use in recessed lighting, down lights, light cans, stake lights or other directional light applications.
You will not find a comparable lamp elsewhere.
They are sized and shaped as comparable PAR bulbs.
This light is RoHS certified adhering to strict European guidelines concerning the Reduction of Hazardous Substances. The bulbs contain absolutely no lead or mercury (like fluorescent lights do).
Best feature of all is the benefit of doing something positive for the environment.
How can this be?
MinionsWeb does not just buy bulbs to resell to you.
As always, we create products with you in mind.
Being home haunters/holiday displayers ourselves, we know just what features you are interested in.
These bulbs are made to our specs.
We make every effort to improve them with each production generation as well.
The most obvious thing you will note is our ultra-bright LED bulbs use significantly less power than similar bulbs from other companies.
We spec the wavelengths, the kelvin colors and the mcd per LED, beam angle, overall viewing angle and the ability for these to be dimmed.
No other company makes this effort as we do.
We provide the specs to the factory, they pair the best quality binned high-end components and efficient driver circuitry to create the brightest, most energy efficient bulbs per LED configuration possible.
Each generation of lamps is then shipped to us for testing and our evaluation.
Our LED Lamps are standard E27 Screw in Base.
Installation is Fast and Easy.
No modification necessary.
Simply unscrew the old energy wasting Incandescent or Compact Fluorescent bulb and screw in an energy efficient long life replacement LED Lamp.
Our LED bulbs are the perfect retrofit or new installation with an unlimited variety of uses.
Home and Residential Lighting
Indoor & Outdoor Use
Business / Office Lighting
Motion Sensor Lighting
Indoor & Outdoor Signs
Patio / Deck / Porch Lighting
Hotels / Bars / Night Clubs
Theater / Stage Lighting
Garage / Basement / Attic / Workshop Lighting
Kitchen Spotlights or Down Lights.
Light Cans in Homes / Offices.
Lights Operating On A Solar System (300% More Efficient Than Compact Fluorescent Bulbs).
Boat / Marine Lighting
$286.50 in electricity savings over its life (compared to a 60W incandescent bulb)
5,730 pound reduction in CO2 emissions per lamp
Reduces landfill by 50 light bulbs
Contains no mercury like compact fluorescents
Our bulbs deliver:
Bright light with outstanding energy efficiency and very long bulb life.
Superior to incandescent light technology.
Contains no mercury like fluorescent lights.
What is different about Minions Web LED bulbs?
Simple - quality.
We have gone out of our way to spec all the lamps we offer.
This provides us with the ability to control the components, features and cost.
Unlike every other supplier of LEDs bulbs you may run across, we contract our bulbs and buy direct from the manufacturer bulbs made to our specifications.
We do not just buy what a company has to offer, we have our bulbs made custom.
As you may know, quality control is not paramount to most companies, but it is to us, just as it is to you!
This is why Minions Web agent visits the factory to review every production run, and oversee its preperation for freighting.
What do you control about the components?
We specify the driver circuit parameters.
By doing so, we bring you the lowest possible wattage saving you energy costs while maximizing output of the LEDs without overdriving them.
The drivers used also permits us to create a lamp that can be dimmed, faded, twinkled, strobed, etc. with most available controllers.
We also specify each type lamps LED wavelengths for the best hues in each color we offer, the mfd values in those colors and that all LEDs are binned for uniform results.
What features do you specify?
We specify the evelopes (what the bulbs house the LEDs in), and more importantly, how they are sealed.
Now on our 3rd generation we have made great improvements to the weatherproofing of the lamps.
All our bulbs are epoxy sealed on the threaded base, in the wireway from the base to the driver,
sealing around all LEDS on the circuit board, and over the circuit board bonding it to the envelope.
Plus we only use glass lens epoxied in place to seal the envelope and protect the LED capsule.
What is so special about the cost?
That is the best point about Minions Web LED bulbs.
For the most part, we offer all our LED bulbs for far less than other companies, yet we manufacture a superior product.
You may find a less expensive source for a few bulbs, but they simply do not compare quality-wise.
No other company will provide you with as low energy consuming, or nearly as bright, as long lived, as well protected from the elements, with binned LEDS, or be dimmable, or in all the colors we offer.
They may offer 1 or 2 of the same features but we promise NO ONE can match our quality and touch our price.
Are they RoHS, CE and EnergyStar compliant?
No lead or mercury used in the bulbs whatsoever making them RoHS complaint.
They are made in a CE certified Factory with CE certified components meeting exacting European Standards.
We have gone out of our way to work with the powers that be to initiate and meet the LED Bulb category standards for the EnergyStar program. It had only applied to LED string lights.
What does "EnergyStar Compliant" mean?
They are EnergyStar Compliant meaning they use less energy than comparable incandescent and flourescent technologies as mandated by the US government.
Using ANY of our LED spot or flood bulbs lighted 12 hours a day: at 5.6 cents per kWh you energy cost would be under $1.00 a year per bulb!
Can Minions Web LED bulbs be dimmed?
The bulbs are dimmable using Lutron Digital Dimmers down to 30% of full brighness.
Can Minions Web LED bulbs be used with controllers?
So far we know they can dim / strobe / fade / twinkle / lightning effect with: Light-O-Rama, Animated Lighted, D-Light, Firefly, EFX-Tek**, LightningFX and many other available controllers.
We have been told that the performance is "excellent
" and others have reported they have had to use snubbers.
Since we have no control over the products you use and cannot test every device available, expect variations in performance.
We do know that as companies update sotware firmware and hardware, how the bulbs may react with different manufacturers controllers may change.
We will not be responsible for the performance of the bulbs with your controllers.
** We are working directly with EFX-Tek to produce a dimmer fader board that works with the Minions Web LED line of bulbs to achieve the best possible performance.
We will happily work with ANY controller manufacturer to attain optimal performance with our products.
Can they be operate/dimmed with X10 products?
We do not know yet, but as soon as we find out we will publish ithe information here.
Are Minions Web LED bulbs waterproof?
The bulbs are waterproof when immersed to the base of the bulb when the threads are up.
We test each batch of bulbs by randomly selecting and submersing 12 bulbs (approx 1% of each batch) for 30 days.
Due to the many ways they can be installed, we term it as weather proof.
How do you define weather proof?
That is pretty simple.
All Minions Web bulbs are considered weather proof in a head down position.
Head down is defined as the LED bulb face highest edge, from where the light is emitted, is below the lowest circumference, above the insulator, along the base threads.
In a head up position we consider the bulb to be weather tight.
Since we cannot control how you will install bulbs in a head up position we cannot assure there will not be moisture penetration if any part of the bulb is submersed.
An important point we must make - ANY LED bulb is susceptible to shorting out if water opens a circuit (power runs through) by bridging between the button on the bulb base and the threads of the bulb base.
It is up to you to protect the bulb from short circuiting in this manner.
We are constantly working with the manufacturer to improve the sealant application.
How can I protect LEDs for use in the "heads up" position?
2) If using stake lights, a bead of caulk across the gap between the glass envelope and the rim of the stake fixture.
When used in a lamp holder in a non-draining position you must protect the bulb from short circuit.
We have found that many lamp holders and light stakes have inadequate gaskets to protect the bulb bases. We also suggest these additional measures:
—Cover bulb and lamp holder with secured thin clear plastic wrap.
—A light coating of silicon caulk where the glass envelop and the top of the metal base meet.
—A light coating of silicon caulk to cover the seams where the glass insulator is sandwiched between the button contact and threaded base.
—Drill weep holes in the stake light bases to drain off any moisture, usually a 3/16th inch diameter hole will suffice.
Use caution to not expose or sever power wires to the socket.
3) Use in enclosed light fixture.
What is the warrantee on Minions Web LED bulbs?
Minions Web warrantees the our bulbs for 2 years from purchase date.
We will replace bulb failure due to moisture penetration within 2 years of purchase date.
You must photograph the installation, & the bulb where damage has occurred, then email the pictures to email@example.com .
Failed bulbs MUST be returned to & received at Minions Web.
Please contact us for an RMA number or we will refuse delivery.
We will ship replacements only after receipt of defective bulbs that are covered under the warrantee.
We will replace bulbs that have more than 5% of the LEDs failing to light.
We will not honor the warrantee or replace bulbs that have short circuited.
How long will they last?
MinionsWeb LED Bulbs have an estimated ultra long LIFESPAN of 80,000 hours.
That equates to over 9 years lit non stop (24 hours a day) and are extremely energy efficient, up to 95% more efficient than traditional lighting.
Estimated light bulb lifespan scenarios:
80,000 hours powered 4 hours/day = 54 year lifespan!
80,000 hours powered 8 hours/day = 27 year lifespan!
Are the bulbs fragile?
They are rugged.
The bulbs are a solid state device that are moisture resistant, highly shock and vibration resistant.
They can be used outdoors, even in high humidity environments (as long as the base is not directly exposed to water).
They contain no fragile filaments.
They are a sturdy thick glass construction.
What energy savings can I expect?
Every use scenario is diffecrent so we cannot tell you exactly what savings to expect.
Our LED bulbs use so little power, are so long lived, and produce virtually no heat, they will reduce your energy bills, will reduce Incandescent and Compact Florescent bulb replacement / maintenance expenses, and make for a safer use environment.
Minions Web LED light bulbs produce almost no excess waste heat, reducing your HVAC load year round for additional energy savings. This adds up for additional energy savings over the bulbs lifespan.
We hope to provide you with a savings calculator in the near future
How safe are the bulbs?
Since they produce virtually no heat, they are safer than other light bulbs.
The bulbs operate at a cool running 100 degrees (F), safe to touch, even after hours of operation, which significantly reduce potential safety hazards such as burns and fires.
They can be in contact with materials and props without worry.
Even the fire marshal will be astonished at how cool and safe the lamps are.
They are CE certified for safety in operation.
How does the LED bulb color differ from incandescent bulbs?
The overall brightness of colored incandescents cannot be compared 1 to 1 with colored LED bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are plain warm (sub 4000K) white bulbs with colored lenses.
This means the color they produce is only as strong as the density and uniformity of the tint applied to the lens.
In most cases that tint is only a close proximity to the color you desire, blues appear green, reds appear pink, and over time the tint fades or chips of the bulb lens.
The one plus is the light coming from the bulb is almost as intense as an untinted white bulb.
LED bulbs create a highly saturated color in the spectral band specified - please read our bulb descriptions or see the bulb chart below.
Since the saturated color is generated by the die of each LED in the bulb array it is a cumulative light output for that array.
Each color has its own specific brightness, typically blue and green are brightest, white falls in the middle, with diminishing brightnesses of yellow, orange and red respectively.
IR (infrared) is effectively invisible.
Purple is extremely well saturated, yet its apparent brightness is darker than red.
UV (ultraviolet) bulbs should be compared for effective UV output, not for "brightness".
What voltage do the bulbs require?
The bulbs are 110vAC.
You can run them on a 220-24-v system if you split the 2 120v hot legs and provide a common ground.
Another option is to use a voltage adapter, since they are such low load it would take a number of bulbs to exceed the adapters amperage rating.
Why aren't the bulbs dual voltage?
We chose to not create a dual voltage bulb.
If we had, the 110V operation would not operate at full brightness.
We will likely offer a 220vAC version in 2010.
General Information regarding LEDs
It's been over 30 years since the introduction of the first LED (Light Emitting Diode) and at long last we now have a white LED that begins to rival incandescent in many architectural and small area illumination applications.
LEDs have enjoyed a tremendous growth over the last several years with new applications ranging from automotive lighting and VMS (Variable Message Signs) to traffic control devices. Much of this is due to the ever-increasing levels of brightness being achieved with new materials and wafer fabrication processes as well as the advances in package and optics design. Several of the most significant areas of expansion however, have resulted from the introduction of the blue LED in the early 1990's.
This allowed for the manufacture of RGB (Full Color) signage as well as pre-empted the development of white LEDs in the late 1990's. White light is currently achieved by using two different methods. The first is by combining a blue 450nm - 470nm GaN (gallium nitride) LED with YAG (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) phosphor. The blue wavelength excites the phosphor causing it to glow white. The second method is to combine red, green and blue LEDs in the proper proportion to achieve a white color. The former is presently the most dominant and efficient technique used. Recently, new white LEDs have become available by combining a UV (ultra violet) LED, 380nm, with phosphor. Although this method is relatively new, companies are using this technique to obtain white. In addition, by combining different phosphor types with a UV LED, other colors such as purple, orange, pink etc. can be achieved.
Incandescent lights by comparison, are basically electric space heaters that give off light as a byproduct. They are VERY inefficient, wasting most of the power they consume as heat.
Since lights are one of the biggest power uses in a remote home, pay close attention to what kind you use. If you replace all of your lights with efficient versions, you may be able to get by with fewer expensive batteries and solar panels.
Why are we hearing so much about LEDs today?
LEDs have been around since the 1960s, but they are just now reaching the levels of luminous output and power that open the door to more applications.
For example, today's commercially available LEDs offer energy efficiency, maintenance savings, impact resistance, durability, and other benefits for traffic signals, exit signs, and other specialty applications.
For most general illumination applications, however, current LEDs do not yet compete with traditional sources on the basis of performance or cost.
Minions Web has been pushing the edge of 1st generation technologies with our manufacturer to bring you the brightest possible lamps for the best possible pricing and lowest operating cost while providing you with the features you desire.
There already appear to be a lot of LED products available now… what should I look for?
Some of the LED products available today are marketed as “energy-efficient,” but actually have very low light output compared to typical light sources.
The combination of high price and low light output may actually make them a poor replacement for current technology.
It is important to compare new LED products to the most efficient conventional technology (such as fluorescent, incandescent, or metal halide) that could be used in your specific application.
The following checklist will help you determine if an LED product is right for your application:
How many watts the product consumes and how many lumens of light does it produce?
Lumens per watt (lpw) is the commonly used measure of how efficiently a light source is converting electricity into useable light. For comparison, incandescent lamps typically produce 12-15 lumens per watt of electric power. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) produce at least 50 lumens per watt. < Note: This measure is best applicable to white lights
In task lighting applications, LEDs may be able to provide enough light on the task, even though the total lumens are less than comparable incandescent or fluorescent sources. This is because LEDs emit light in a less diffuse pattern than conventional light sources. In contrast, standard incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps emit light in all directions, and much of the light output is absorbed inside the fixture or escapes in an unintended direction.
Evaluate the cost. For comparison, a 75-watt incandescent spot light bulb typically produces about 600-700 lumens and costs less than $10. The problem is, it only lasts about 1,000 hours and only converts about 5% of the electricity it consumes into light (the rest is wasted as heat). A comparable CFL is 5 times more efficient, lasts 10,000 hours, and costs less than $5 but will looses much of the lighting indirectly. So the conventional light sources cost around $1 per thousand lumens. Today's white LED products cost more than $15 per thousand lumens. But that's only part of the story. If you have lights that are on most of the time, or in a hard-to-reach area, LEDs could save significant maintenance and energy costs.
Assess the need for unique LED features. In some applications, the extra durability that LEDs can provide is worth a higher purchase price. Outdoor pathway and step lighting is an example of a sensible application for today's white LEDs. They provide a small amount of light right where it's needed, and can be powered by solar cells, eliminating the need for running wire outdoors. They are also good for applications where vibration typically leads to early failure of conventional light sources. Being a solid-state device, LEDs are highly resistant to damage caused by vibration.
Check the color of white LEDs. If you've ever tried to match white paint, you know there are actually many shades of white. There is a similar issue with lighting. White light varies from “warm” or more yellow/gold in appearance, to “cool” or more blue. Today's white LEDs are typically “cooler” and bluer, even compared to fluorescent sources. Further, there is a trade-off between efficiency and color. The “warmer” colored white LEDs provide less light per watt of electricity consumed, compared to the “cooler” white LEDs.
Do LEDs really last 50,000 hours? 100,000 hours?
There is no simple answer to this question. Considering that 100,000 hours is more than 11 years of 24/7 operation, it's difficult to do life testing on these products! However, SSL researchers have developed ways to estimate LED life, based on shorter test periods. Unlike other light sources, LEDs don't typically “burn out;” they simply get dimmer over time. Although there is not yet an official industry standard defining “life” of an LED, the leading manufacturers report it as the point at which light output has reached 70% of initial light output. Using that definition, the best white LEDs have been found to have a useful life of around 35,000 hours (that's four years of continuous operation). LED lifetime is strongly dependent on appropriate electrical and thermal design of the fixture or system. While LEDs do not emit heat in the form of infrared radiation (IR), they do generate conductive heat that must be managed in order for the LED to maintain expected light output. Reputable LED manufacturers provide detailed electrical and thermal design specifications. When considering an LED-based fixture or system, it may be worthwhile to ask about the type of LEDs used and what provisions the product manufacturer has made for heat management.
Exerpts from: U.S. Department of Energy
One of the most common areas of confusion regarding white LEDs is related to efficiency.
The standard unit for characterizing the light output of incandescent and fluorescent lamps is the "lumen" which is essentially the total luminous power (luminous flux) emitted from the source.
The luminous efficacy is the measure of the light-producing efficiency of the lamp.
It is the ratio of the lumens to the total input power of the source.
Luminous efficacy is expressed in "lumens/watt."
Many tests have been performed to evaluate the efficiency of LEDs compared to incandescent or compact fluorescent. Unfortunately, oftentimes erroneous conclusions are made from the data obtained.
For example,LEDs are typically focused or directional devices unlike standard incandescent or fluorescent lamps.
If data is obtained only by measuring the light falling on a small area such as a photo sensor, it may yield abnormally high efficiency results for the LED.
There is still a significant amount of light being produced by the incandescent or fluorescent that is not being measured.