Variety uses of efficient led light bulbs
In today’s business, the ability to adapt and grow on the fly is imperative.
Take Bulb Direct of Victor, a subsidiary of billionaire Tom Golisano’s Networx Corp., which has had other owners and names over the years but still manages to focus on efficient light bulbs for a variety of uses.
Although the lighting industry has shifted away from incandescent and halogen bulbs, the Victor-based firm has adapted to Light Emitting Diode or LED light sources.
“We’re trending into LEDs that are not as harmful to the environment,” said David Still, Networx CEO. “The materials used now are less impactful, and the best part is, the life expectancy is much longer (than incandescent and halogen).”
The company got its start as a stand-alone called PSC Lamps, owned by John Blackert. In 1992, he sold to Charles Graham, who moved the store from Webster to East Rochester and gave it its current name. Graham then sold to Golisano.
Operations Manager Connie Taylor has been with the company in the same capacity for 26 years.
“The lighting business is constantly changing,” said Taylor. “When I started, we mainly sold to schools and universities. Now we’re more into medical, doctors’ and veterinary offices, and labs.”
Bulb Direct ships worldwide, and offers more than 6,000 varieties of bulbs in all shapes and sizes. The smallest is the grain of wheat miniature, which is used in indicators, PC boards and aircraft. The largest bulbs can be used in a parking lot or football field lamp.
Other industries sold to include audio/visual coded applications, photographic, graphic arts, display and others. Major suppliers are General Electric, Osram Sylvania, Philips, EiKO and USHIO.
“Our customers are high-end retail, medical, and commercial users,” said Still. “Everything is application specific.”
Semrock, a Gates manufacturer of optical filters for microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and laser instrumentation systems, relies on Bulb Direct to supply its facility and various machines.
“We use Bulb Direct because they are local and they are reliable,” Amanda MacDonald, a spokeswoman with Semrock, said in an email statement.
Still said the days of using a 75- or 90-watt bulb will come to an end as more industries, and even homeowners, move to other sources of lighting.
“You now pay pennies to run some of these lights compared to the past,” Still said. “They have the same intensity, and you don’t use as much energy.”