Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase from Lightbulb Wholesaler?

We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express for all orders. You can also use your PayPal account. All other purchase arrangements, including corporate accounts, will be handled through our Customer Service Department.  We also recommend contacting Customer Service for very large orders. We will be happy to discuss alternate shipping options and additional discounts that may apply to your order.

Do I have to pay sales tax on my order?

Maryland residents must include sales tax. Please check your state’s regulations regarding sales tax and online purchases.

Why do some items have no price or a price of $0.00?

Most products available on the site with a price of $0.00 are discontinued products which cannot be purchased. These products exist for reference only. Discontinued products are labeled as such in their description with a link to finding an available, comparable substitute.
Though it only happens very rarely, sometimes active items on the site display with a price of $0.00 or with no price displayed. This is usually due to an error in our system and is resolved quickly. Orders containing items priced at $0.00 will be cancelled and refunded. 

What if some items arrive broken?

Our roots in the light bulb business stretch back over 30 years, and we have become experts in the special care, packaging and handling required. While any merchandise in transit has some risk of damage, we want you to feel confident in your purchase. If a bulb arrives broken, contact us immediately. We will discuss options for refund or replacement. Please note that it is important to inspect your order immediately and report any damage within 2 days of receipt.

If an item is found to be defective, please contact Customer Service immediately. We endeavor to sell only quality merchandise, and most items are covered by manufacturer’s warranty.

Some items that require professional installation (e.g. ballasts and dimmers) cannot be returned or fully refunded after they have been installed. If the item appears to be defective or damaged in transit you should contact Customer Service and obtain an RMA. Any consideration of returns for these items only applies prior to any attempted full or partial installation.  If an item is returned as ‘defective’ but is tested and found to be in good working order, the item may not be eligible for a full refund and may incur a restocking fee.

Read and follow all instructions and safety precautions that come with electrical items.  Some items sold on require installation by a licensed professional.  As the purchaser, you are responsible to ensure that all installations, service, maintenance or modifications comply with all local, state and federal codes and regulations. does not warrant any product’s suitability for any purpose, nor the proper installation or use of the product.

What if I need a discontinued bulb?

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 set new standards for energy efficiency. As a result, certain light bulb types have been, or are becoming, discontinued. We have complete information from virtually every major manufacturer to help you find the perfectly matched replacement for a discontinued light bulb.

If you are taking this opportunity to upgrade an entire system, we can also supply all of the matched high-efficiency components required; bulbs, fixtures, ballasts, starters, controls, etc

We are experts in higher efficiency lighting technologies like compact fluorescent, LED and induction, and we can provide all the parts and components necessary to retrofit or upgrade your lighting system.

Can I return an item?

We try to minimize the amount of time fragile items such as light bulbs spend in transit.  We ask that light bulbs not be ordered if there is an expectation that they can be returned later. We will accept returns for some items, but return shipping increases the potential for in-transit damage. This is one of several reasons we might recommend refund or replacement vs. return. Another being that a refund and/or replacement often satisfies our customer’s need faster than the return process.


Refunds can only be issued to the original credit card used to make the purchase. If that card is no longer available for any reason, we will issue store credit, meaning you can use the refund amount to purchase other items form

Prior to any returns, you must first obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) from customer service. The item must be received undamaged, with all original contents and packaging. If an item is returned as defective, we will have it independently tested prior to issuing a refund.  If it is found to be in good working order, the item may not be eligible for refund.

If the item was damaged in transit, you must note this on the carrier’s delivery ticket and report it to Customer Service within two business days of receipt. 
Refunds are issued once returned products are received, inspected, and determined to be in working condition. We allow up to 48 business hours for the refund to issue.

Return Shipping

Return shipping is the purchaser’s responsibility. Always obtain a tracking number from the carrier you use to return ship the item.  We also recommend insuring the item. cannot be responsible for merchandise lost or damaged during return transit.

Return Packing

You must pack the item in a manner adequate to ensure its safe return.  You must use the original manufacturer’s packing, plus outer protection that complies with carrier standards (most often a second outer carton). Items returned without proper RMA documentation may not be eligible for return, and are subject to restocking fees of up to 50%.


Please contact a Customer Service Representative to assist you and answer any questions before shipping.

The following items cannot be returned:

  • Items not purchased from
  • Items held by the purchaser longer than 30 days
  • Any item where the original box or packing materials are missing or damaged
  • Fixtures and fixture parts
  • Emergency lights and exit signs
  • Health & sanitation items
  • Items such as ballasts that have been unpacked or installed
  • Special orders, freight shipments and or drop shipped orders
  • Broken light bulbs (unless otherwise instructed by Customer Service)
  • Any shipment sent outside of the contiguous 48 United States

Special Order & Non-Stock Items

Customer Service is happy to assist you with special orders. Please be aware that all sales are final for special orders, seasonal and non-stock items. No returns are accepted for these items.