Lighting options expand at Lowe's

Lowe’s has added two new brands to its bulb assortment, one a new manufacturer in the LED residential market and the other utilizing a new lighting technology.

Samsung Electronics will release its first LED lighting solutions for the U.S. consumer market through Lowes.com and at select Lowe's home improvement retail stores nationwide. The bulbs include A19, PAR20/30/38 and MR16 bulbs -- all designed to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs throughout the home.

The A19 bulb is a directional bulb that is sized to fit lamps, vanity lights and wall sconces. Because it is fully dimmable, consumers can recognize even more energy savings by selecting the most appropriate brightness depending on the time of day or the task at hand.

PAR bulbs and MR 16 bulbs are designed for track and recessed lighting. Samsung's MR16 bulbs are also suited for vanity lighting, and are offered in two different base types and brightness levels to accommodate a wide range of applications.

Vu1 Corp. will also bring one of its new products to Lowe’s, the company announced. Vu1 will introduce its R30 Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) light bulbs to the U.S. consumer market through Lowe’s. New York-based Vu1 will sell the bulbs at Lowe's 1,725 retail stores beginning in February and on Lowes.com starting Dec. 1.

The ESL R30 reflector bulbs are a direct replacement for the 65-watt incandescent flood bulbs commonly found in recessed lighting fixtures throughout U.S. households and businesses. Vu1's ESL bulb is energy efficient without the high price-point of LED bulbs or the hazards of CFL bulbs containing mercury.  The bulbs will retail for approximately $14.98 at Lowe's.

The company's ESL lighting technology uses accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor to create a warm light, making the surface of the bulb glow with an energy-efficient natural light that lasts up to 11,000 hours.