Summary of Technical Terms

Here is a summary of explanations for some of the information that you may find in this website.

Light Bulbs aka Lamps

ES or E27 is an Edison screw lamp holder.

SES or E14 is a Small Edison screw lamp holder.

BC or B22 is a Bayonet Cap lamp Holder.

SBC or B15 is a Small Bayonet Lampholder.

GU10 is a Mains voltage Halogen spot- push and turn to install.

MR16 is a Low voltage Halogen spot which requires a transformer; this is often included inside the light. Push straight in to install.

R7s is a Mains voltage Halogen tube.

G4 is a Low voltage Halogen Capsule

G9 is a Mains voltage Halogen Capsule


H – is the height of the product from top to bottom. For hanging ceiling lights this often is the measurement for the light and does not include the chain and ceiling rose. It is normal for 1/2 a metre of chain to be supplied with these lights.

W – is the width of the product at its widest point

Projection – is how far the product stands off from the wall

IP Rating

IP stands for Ingress Protection and is followed by two digits. The first digit dictates how protected the product is from solid matter and the second digit from water ingress.


You can now recycle your old electricals with us.

If you’re buying a new electrical item, we will recycle your old one for free

Why recycle?
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UKs fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

We can help 
We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items.

We offer customers a free ‘Take Back’ on their old electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This is done on a like-for-like basis. Therefore, if a customer purchases, for instance, a new table lamp from us they can only return an old table lamp back to us. The customer has 28 days in which to return the old item to our showroom. If the item was purchased online, the customer is responsible for any postage costs incurred returning it to us.

All old electrical items being returned to us must be arranged in advance and returned to:

The Lighting Centre Ltd, 89 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4QD.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol) in your bin.

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. In the UK, distributors (including retailers) must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must as a minimum offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis.

Find more information on WEEE recycling, and locate your local recycling centre, at HYPERLINK “”