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Looking for a dependable MR-11 lamp.

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Lite4, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,104

    In the same vein as Chris, I am looking for a better MR-11 lamp. I have been using the Ushios, and frankly they suck. I get called out to 3 different homes about every 2-3 months to change the (burned out) MR-11s that seem to keep blowing prematurely. Half of them come back on when I give them a slight tug and the other half are toast. I am fed up with Ushios lamps and am looking for a better lamp if anybody has had any experience with these.

    Thanks
     
  2. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 805

    GE Precise always.
     
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

  4. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    All MR11's suck, it comes down to heat and the fixture.
     
  5. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,066

    Put a little dab of NYK Anti-Corrosive Compound on the pins. It will help the electrical connection between the lamp and socket, and also help dissipate some heat from the bulb. It will also make replacing the lamp easier by providing lubrication.
     
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,104

    I will try the GEs. Thanks guys.
     
  7. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    Most MR11's heat are pushed out the front, not sure grease is going to enable the lamp to last longer all though it will prevent the pins form corroding.
     
  8. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,533

    I like FX's approach to this... DCB socket and lamp. (No pins. Lots of greasable surface area.) Haven't had one fail prematurely yet. One here has been in over 3 and 1/2 years in an FX CL (vertical, pointing down) running 3 to 5 hrs per night...They won't loosen up the way bi-pins do.

    I've also had no problems in the BL or TS (same socket and lamp)

    They are a 20 W Xenolux AR-11. Swap out the socket and give one a try.

    "Xenolux AR-11 The most efficient lamp option. Produces more light and less heat. Many beam/wattage choices. Average Life Hour: 8,000 Hours. Available Lamp Wattage: 20,35"
     
  9. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,104

    Thanks Gregg, Were those fx sockets? Or just generic DCB sockets?
     
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,533

    The ones I used are the same sockets that that come with the FX fixture, brass. But I bet you can find others out there. DCBs used to be common for auto taillights. And because these are xenon they don't get as hot as halogen.
     

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