Miniature lamps are sometimes considered a specialty type of light bulb as they are often used in equipment and appliances. They refer to the small bulbs that are used for illumination in very small spaces or that serve as indicator lamps. Miniature bulbs may be clear or colored and will include a wide range of bulb types. Incandescent, halogen, neon, and LEDs are some of the most common examples.
Miniature light bulbs are a necessity on many different types of control panels, including those used to operate various aircraft, marine vessels, manufacturing and industrial processing equipment, automobiles, locomotives, and more. In such applications, they are used in indicator displays to deliver essential information about the operation of the device or system.
The manufacture of small lamps and light fixtures, which include reading lights, flashlights, lighting used in gallery displays, retail showcases, scientific equipment, toys and novelties, and other products also require miniature light bulbs. To get a supply of lamps for such purposes, OEMs can source them directly from bulb manufacturers like CML, Eiko, Oshino, Ushio, and others.
When replacement miniature lamps are required to simply replace or update a setting, there are many different methods for acquiring them. If miniature bulbs are needed for a small product, appliance, or common fixture in something like an automobile, they can be found through many different retailers.
If a miniature replacement lamp is needed in a more specialized or industry-specific setting, such as an indicator lamp in a control panel or an aircraft reading lamp, they can be purchased from an authorized light bulb distributor. Qualified industrial bulb distributors can also provide guidance when identifying a bulb by its base type, wattage, voltage, shape, fixture, or other specification apart from a serial or part number.
How long do mini LED lights last?
Miniature LED light bulbs can provide as many as 50,000 hours of light before they are no longer operational. Because of their high efficiency and extended lifespan, mini LEDs are increasingly utilized in place of miniature incandescent and miniature halogen bulbs, which have considerably shorter lifespans and lose a great deal of energy through heat for the amount of illumination they provide. Miniature LED bulbs will last longer in part because they do not release as much heat and do not have a filament that eventually burns out.
What are the smallest LED lights?
Standard LEDs have been made as small as just one millimeter in diameter. Smaller lights have been made for research and experimental purposes. LEDs can be made quite compact compared to miniature incandescents and halogens.
Where can I get colored miniature light bulbs?
Miniature colored light bulbs include bulbs that produce white light but feature an exterior coating to tint the light a specific color. They also include colored LEDs, which use different materials to produce various wavelengths of light, which then appear as colored light. LEDs make it possible to transition from one color to another using the same light bulb. Such a change can be controlled by a computer or microprocessor.
Colored miniature lightbulbs are used in many novelty and decorative applications, but they are also vital to communicating essential information as colored indicator lights.