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Microscope Light Bulbs

Updated on January 31, 2011

Greetings and welcome to my space here at HubPages. Today I will try to create once again an all-in-one information and shopping hub for a product niche. My chosen niche for today is microscope light bulbs. Microscope replacement bulbs are very specific items and getting one from a reputable source, as well as knowing as much as you can about it beforehand, is a must.

Not only are these microscope lights—pardon the pun—microscopic, they need to provide ample lighting to ensure a clear view of your subject. For medical use alone, the importance of getting a good image is in itself the only priority.

For whatever use you have for your microscope, and whichever kind you use—medical, metallurgical, inspection microscopes, et cetera—an illuminated image is a must. Below are some shopping tips and guidelines you can follow to ensure you get the correct product, or at least a compatible one.

Microscope light bulb shopping guide

First let us discuss the basics of light bulbs—those that are universal in all kinds of bulbs and lamps. I guess the first term that comes to mind is voltage. Getting strictly the exact voltage as your previous bulb, or what your microscope requires, is a must. Voltage cannot be changed or made less. If you think you want to save on consumption and go all “green,” voltage is not the one you change. Think of voltage as a kind of power source. For instance, you would not want to fill up a gasoline engine with diesel, right? Remove your existing bulb or check your microscope’s manual to find the correct voltage for illumination.

Next comes watts. This is where you save with consumption or increase brightness. If you want to make your scope brighter, increase the bulb wattage. If you want to consume less power, decrease it. If getting a different wattage, make sure you stay near its default power. For example, do not replace a 10-watt bulb with a 100-watt bulb and so forth.

As with today’s lighting standards, there are also different kinds of lights and technologies when it comes with microscope light sources. Incandescent is most common, as is what is found in most homes. Some also use halogen, bayonet-style lights, fluorescent ring lights, metal halide, and flash tubes. More-advanced microscopes have also switched to more-efficient LEDs.

To have to most number of options and stocks, you can shop from a microscope lamp-specific store. Online there are a number of these and from here it is just a matter of choosing the right keywords—for starters, you can search for replacement bulbs for the model and make of your microscope. Since it basically is the same industry, most microscope brands make their own bulbs as well.

Below are some replacement bulb examples to give you an idea prior to shopping. Some of the featured products below also advertise themselves as generic replacement products so might already be compatible with your unit.

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