What is a Type C Light Bulb?

What is a Type C Light Bulb?

September 25, 2020

Lights have made life much easier in terms of doing things when sunlight and natural light are not readily available. With a flick of the switch, nearly everyone can make more of their day than would be possible without having artificial light. 

With so many different applications of lighting solutions there are a wide variety of types of bulbs. When talking about Type C light bulbs there are two main types of Type C lights; some have a standard bulb and a standard screw in the connector, and some are powered by a usb Type C connector. For the screw in Type C connector, the Type C designation is referring to the size socket that the bulb fits into. Typically, C sized sockets are utilized in decorative settings such as in chandeliers, or lighting meant to look like candles. These lights are also known as candelabra bulbs. 

The other and more prevalent type of Type C lighting is lighting solutions that either utilize usb Type C as a power source or those that utilize usb Type C to charge the device. These have become increasingly popular as USB C has had large adoption in consumer electronics in the past 3 years, and its utilization is expected to continue to grow. 

What this means for lighting solutions is that more people are likely to have a USB C cable on hand and are ultimately more likely to be able to charge whatever device they need. 

By adding lighting solutions like emergency lighting, flashlights, and flood lights to the devices that utilize USB C, it creates a cohesiveness across all of the products and ensures they will be able to get a charge without worrying about a proprietary adapter. 

Candelabra

Candelabra light bulbs is the name for standard screw in light bulbs that measure 12 millimeters in diameter. The original socket developed and patented by Thomas Edison had a 26 millimeter base that quickly became the standard size for bulbs in the United States. It wasn't until much after Edison that lighting was fully adopted by the masses. While the standard socket size of 26 millimeters was prevalent it was sometime until the 12 millimeter socket light was created. The main utilization of this size light was to illuminate chandeliers rather than having to illuminate them through gas or candles. The introduction of this socket size led to having more purposes, such as lights for sconces and christmas lighting. 

With the candelabra socket size, the evolution of lighting has led to many options for this size socket, including incandescent, compact fluorescent, and even LED lighting

This increased efficiency, as well as the ability for some LEDs to have fire simulating effects, make LED the perfect option for sconces and chandeliers. The shorthand name for these socket types is Type C sockets. With the knowledge of different socket sizes, their origins, and uses, it better enables you as a consumer to make a decision for what light bulb will fit the specific application.

USB Powered Lighting

USB powered lighting is a newer phenomenon as more people have begun utilizing mobile devices that transfer data and charge via a usb port. Whether that is USB A, B, or C, there is an undeniable increase in the prevalence of USB-powered devices. 

Lights that utilize USB connections to charge are a great thing to have as it enables consumers to charge their lights on the go without fearing that they will lose a proprietary charger. Oftentimes, the USB utilized in a USB powered light is the same one the customer uses for some other mobile device, whether that is a camera, wireless headphones, or even their smartphone. 

Another great application of USB powered lighting is when someone is camping. Some LED camping lights like those by Boundery even have a bug zapper built in which can keep you from getting bitten by pests throughout the night or while you are stargazing. 

USB is a great option when camping because the individual can utilize a car charger, a battery power bank, or even solar panels to charge up their lighting device. It makes it far less likely that you will go without a light source on your epic outdoor adventures with multiple ways to charge the lights. Lugging around batteries can be a hassle and USB powered devices eliminate this need since they contain fixed rechargeable batteries. Don't let forgetting batteries get in the way of you enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest. 

A type C USB powered light bulb refers to the specific USB connector utilized. USB C is the newest iteration of the USB standard. It is becoming increasingly popular, but there is still quite a bit more time that needs pass before it becomes a more mainstream connection like USB A and B, which many devices still utilize. Still, for lighting, it makes little difference as there is no real gain that these devices get through USB C since the power requirements still remain the same. In short, USB powered lighting is typically utilized for mobile applications of lighting needs. 

Closing

Overall the term "Type C lighting" can mean one of two things. It is either referring to the socket size of a bulb, or it is referring to the type of USB connection a lighting device requires in order to work. 

The Type C socket size refers to candelabra light bulbs, which have a socket diameter of 12 millimeters as opposed to the standard 26 millimeters. 

The Type C USB connection simply refers to what kind of connection a portable lighting device requires to charge. 

By knowing the two definitions of Type C light bulbs, you can better understand the differences and determine which of the two applications best apply to your needs. 




Sources:

https://epsnews.com/2017/12/28/usb-type-c-adoption-keeps-growing-industry-segments/

https://www.plugsocketmuseum.nl/NorthAm3.html

https://www.wallswithstories.com/interior/a-brief-history-of-the-chandelier.html