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View Poll Results: Beam pattern- which do prefer on archtitecture
Option A- Un-lensed MR16 0 0%
Option B- Out of the Box LED 38 degree 1 10.00%
Option C- Lensed 9 90.00%
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:52 AM
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Beam Test- Opinions please

I think it was Jim Lewis that said this forum has gotten a bit stale. Hopefully it's just because everyone is busy selling and installing. I went out a few weeks back and set up a beam spread test. As I drive around at night I see lighting that runs across the board from decent to horrid. Most of the time, our eyes are drawn to the architectural lighting and we make this determination quickly based on how the contractor has lit the residence or structure. So, I became curious. I see so many jobs that have sharp beam lines on the architecture and very few that don't. I personally, have always associated sharp beam lines on architecture as ugly and distracting but I want to know what everyone else's opinion is on the matter. Do you prefer smooth blending of the light on architecture or hard beam lines and bright spots? Please follow up your poll vote with your preference reasoning.

The photo shows 3 examples. Please note: The samples have differing beam strengths and color temps, so don't comment on that. I am only looking for feedback on the beam lines or "the look on the wall you like better".

Hopefully we can get some banter going again....

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Old 09-15-2013, 09:47 AM
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I agree with you, the softer the lines and the more seamless the light as well as how well the light is set up to transition the areas that are dark to those that are lighted is very important.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:55 PM
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I agree, I think sharp lines are ugly in most cases...like English Garden or Native Garden style landscapes. However, there are occasions when we are striving for that....some contemporary homes require that sharp/clean line look. My personal taste is... the softer the better.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:13 AM
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I agree, I think sharp lines are ugly in most cases...like English Garden or Native Garden style landscapes. However, there are occasions when we are striving for that....some contemporary homes require that sharp/clean line look. My personal taste is... the softer the better.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:37 PM
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Doh! I should have looked at the photo before I voted! Now I feel like an idiot. I was wondering what kind of question that was, without seeing it, it was hard for me to tell which one I'd like. So I just went with what I envisioned being the best. I wish I had scrolled down and looked at the photo. I would have opted for option C, like the rest.

What fixture was used in option B? I think there are much better LED light fixtures available on the market now that have a much warmer color temperature and smoother spread too. In the photo, I definitely think C looks best. But I bet I could find a nice LED fixture that would come pretty close to that look.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:45 PM
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Thanks Jim,

Not sure of we can amend the poll but thank you for the input. Option B is the Kichler 38 degree radiax.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:36 PM
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What model number is that Kichler fixture?
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The fixture is the:

16010 AZT30
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:35 PM
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The fixture is the:

16010 AZT30
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Well, as far as color temperature goes, that's a little bit of an unfair comparison. I would have used the 16010 AZT 27. That has a 2700°K lamp in in, which would have been a lot closer in color temperature to the other two you demo'd there. It wasn't a fair comparison, in terms of color.

They do make a frosted lens for that fixture, that is designed just for this reason - to diffuse and create a more balanced spread. Unfortunately, that lens is not available for order for another 4-6 weeks. I'm having them send me one though later this week. I'll hook it up to a 16010AZT27 and try to take a good photo of that after I get it.

I think on architecture, right out of the box, the spread on that fixture has a little sharp edges. But with the lens, hopefully that gets fixed, we'll see.

But I have had really good luck in general using the Kichler Radiax fixtures on architectural lighting. Here is a good example of one we did using the Kichler Radiax 16001AZT27 fixtures:

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Here's another photo from a better angle, where you can see the edges better on the light that is closest, on the left. I thought it looked pretty nice.

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