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Bulbs, Bulbs, and More Bulbs

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Travisty, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Travisty

    Travisty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Hey Guys,
    Love the Forum. My question is with all the company's and bulbs on the market, I am a little confused :confused: as to which to use. I realize that everyone has there favorites that work for them. I am more concerned with spread, wattage, and color Tempurature (Kelvin) of the different bulbs. I have seen MR-16's with color tempeture ranging from 2900 to 4200 kelvin and was just curious about everyone's opinion on what they like. And while I am asking question is there a huge difference in using well lights that use the MR-16's or the PAR36 lamps?
    And last, I have noticed some downlighting using some pretty big lamps that have moonlight feel to them. What type of bulbs are these?

    Thanks so Much,
  2. Travisty

    Travisty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    question about bulbs

  3. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Posts: 1,170


    The MR-16's that we sell are all rated at 2800K while the PAR lamps are 3050K. Also, our tree lights use MR-16's. The MR-16's and PAR lamps are close enough in color temperature so you you can't tell the difference.

    There are more daylight balanced MR-16's (that range from 4000K to 5000K) that appear more bluish and better approximate moonlight (4200K). These color tempertures can also be achieved by using colored filters on the MR-16's (half-daylight for moonlighting).

    You'll find it dificult, however, to get a wide range of beam spreads and wattages for the daylight balanced MR-16's.

    We find that the lower temperature MR-16's create beautiful lighting and provide a very natural rendering of light.

    Also, never mix different color temperature lights on the same job.
  4. Travisty

    Travisty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Thank you for the info.

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