The Light Bulb Guy

Hello, I’m Tom Thielman also known as The Light Bulb Guy. I am an independent Distributor of commercial, industrial and retail lighting products; who exclusively markets for Maintenance Engineering. We specialize in the sale of the industry’s latest technologies is replacement lighting products directly to end users in the United States. Our Premira® Line of Premium Grade™ lighting products use advanced lighting technology providing superior performance in light quality, energy effeciency in an eco friendly manner deemed earth-safe®.

As a certified member of Maintenance Engineering’s Lighting Applications team. I am authorized to conduct lighting energy surveys and audits for the purpose of recommending comparative lighting solutions that provide safe productive and profitable environments.

What is Premium Grade™ Lighting

M.E.’s Premium Grade™ is constructed and tested to comply with three standards of quality, also known as Premira® brand lighting.

Premira® Standards of Quality:

We have designed our light bulbs & ballasts to meet the highest levels of Energy Efficiency, Light Quality & Long-Life. Premium Grade™ will Save you money in Energy, Labor and Lamp costs.

Since 1974, ME-DTC has constructed and tested it’s lighting products to comply with Earth-Safe® standards of quality. Earth-Safe® products are Energy efficient, Conserve resources and are Eco- friendly.

Energy efficient lighting has two qualifications. They must operate using the least amount of energy & they must provide the best quality light & performance for the enegy dollars spent.

+++ Introducing 4 New Advanced Technology Fluorescents!


  • Closest to Natural Sunlight™
  • Ultra-low mercury content (less than 2mg!)
  • 5500°K Temperature
  • 91 Color Rendering Index
  • 57% more seeability than a 3000°K
  • 11-25% more seeability than a 5000°K
  • 84-Month Guarantee

F32T8 Spectra-DAYLITE™

  • 6500°K Temperature
  • 82 Color Rendering Index
  • 40% brighter than a 3000°K
  • 50-Month Guarantee


  • Energy saving design replaces F32T8 lamps
  • 12% Energy Savings compared to F32T8
  • Runs on most F32T8 ballasts*.
  • Xtrabrite Alpinewite™ color!
  • 22% brighter than a 3000°K
  • 50-Month Guarantee


  • Designed for T5/HO fixtures replacing metal halides indoors
  • Closest to Natural Sunlight™
  • 5500°K Temperature
  • 91 Color Rendering Index
  • 25% brighter than a 4100°K
  • 10-20% brighter than a 5000°K
  • 50-Month Guarantee

+++ Avoid "Hot Relamping"

When you getting ready to install your new Premira Xtrabrite lamps, make sure the power is turned off to the fixture. This is done to avoid a "hot relamp." Hot Relamping tests have been shown to shorten, sometimes severely, the life of the lamp being installed in the socket.

A "hot relamp" is the term for changing a lamp when the power is still on at the socket. A hot relamp jolts the lamp's filament when the base makes any positive electrical contact with the energized socket. When you screw in a lamp, you are wiggling the bulb around (which can flex the cold filament) and then a large surge of electricity jolts the filament while it is flexed. This moment of stress can reduce lamp life and cuase a premature burnout. Cold relamping (relamping with the power off to the socket) is recommeneded for all types of screw-in and plug-in lamps. This should particularly be the case when changing halogen lamps, since they use a more inflexible filament.

Hot relamps should also be avoided with fluorescent fixtures, as you can short out and damage the ballast and lamps. In addition, hot relamping places the installer at higher risk for electrocution, which is why hot relamping violates OSHA safety regulations.

To ensure you get the best life and most satisfaction from our products, remember to turn the power off before you install your new premium quality lighting products.

Visit us at Premium Grade™ – Commercial & Industrial Lighting

Tom Thielman
The Light Bulb Guy

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