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What Type Of Bulbs Should I Use In My Startex Lamps?

There are many different types of light bulbs and most Startex lights are compatible with the most common styles.

Locate your Startex product by item number to see recommendations. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

What Are Lumens?

Lumens are a unit of measurement that determine how much light comes from a bulb. More lumens mean a brighter light, while fewer lumens mean a dimmer light. Lumens equal brightness; watts do not, (watts measure energy used.)

Lumens allow hoteliers to buy the desired amount of light, so when buying new bulbs, or fixtures with bulbs, think lumens, not watts.

The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in a room may vary widely, so here’s a rule of thumb:

  • To replace a 100 watt (W) bulb, look for an energy-saving bulb that gives about 1600 lumens.
  • To replace a 75W bulb look for an energy-saving bulb that gives about 1100 lumens.
  • To replace a 60W bulb look for an energy-saving bulb that gives about 800 lumens.
  • To replace a 40W bulb look for an energy-saving bulb that gives about 450 lumens.

Why Does Color Temperature Matter?

Light appearance is measured by correlated color temperature (CCT) on the Kelvin (K) scale, from warm to cool.

The warmer light colors associated with incandescents are on the lower end of the scale. So, if that’s preferred, look for LEDs and CFLs with light color temperatures in the 2700K to 3000K range. Pure white light hovers around 4000K, while cooler temperatures that simulate daylight are 5000K or higher.

What is CRI?

CRI stands for Color Rendering Index. It is the measurement of how true the color of an object looks under the bulb’s light. CRI is measured on a scale with 100 being the highest.

For most indoor and commercial lighting applications, 80 CRI is the lowest baseline for acceptable color rendering. For a brighter room appearance, in bathrooms or common areas, a CRI value of 90 or above is desirable.

What are the Different Parts of a Lamp?

Curious what a harp or finial are? Download our parts of a lamp diagram here.


What Makes a Startex Chair Different?

Startex chairs are among the most durable in the industry. We produce and stock thousands of chairs a year with virtually no service issues. Here are the components that make a Startex chair better:

Startex utilizes ultra-thick polyurethane fabric. In fabric durability tests, Startex fabric was so strong, the test was stopped after 300,000 cycles because no visible sign of damage was in sight.

Seat Reinforcement
Startex foam density is heavier than the competition. In addition, our fabric is double layered for greater reinforcement and durability. A fabric webbing sling is also added to prevent sagging.

Gas Cylinders
Startex gas cylinders are the gold standard. The thicker a gas cylinder is, the better it is; resulting in a higher class rating when being tested. A majority of competitors use class 2 cylinders. All of our cylinders are at least a class 3, with a majority receiving a class 4 rating.

Chair Base
While most competitors use 2-3 layers of electroplated finish, Startex uses 7 layers, allowing for better scratch resistance. Additionally, Startex utilizes a wider diameter base for added sturdiness that prevents the chair from easily tipping over.

Startex mechanisms are extremely heavy and sturdy, and utilize more than two times as many spot welds compared to competitors. Spot welds ensure the chair mechanism stays intact so the chair does not break or tip over.

The casters on a Startex chair are constructed of nylon with glass fiber – adding strength and increasing durability and lifespan.