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Osram IRC "eco" lamps

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Viewpoint, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Viewpoint

    Viewpoint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Anyone have experience with the Osram line of IRC lamps? I had purchased some from FUSA but they don't seem to be around any more.

    I have a project with 8 of these lamps in a special situation (trying to balance loads on an arbor, limited by the wiring) and want to get some replacement lamps. Anyone have a lead on where to get them? Specifically the G4 base 14w (20w equivalent light output) lamp?

  2. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. Viewpoint

    Viewpoint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Osram makes the "eco" line, which is an IRC lamp. According to how I read it, the infra-red coating reflects the heat back into the envelope, allowing the filament (and surrounding gasses) to burn hotter (= brighter)with less energy consumed, thus the 14w energy consumption with 20w light output. Yes I know, 20 watts is not a measure of light output, but you know what I mean.

    I have had fairly good results with these lamps. Life is less consistent and seems to be shorter than my standards (GE CC MR-16s and Xenon G4's), but they cannot be beat for traditional halogen lights. I know, LEDs can do better, but some applications just won't work with LEDs. The project in question was one of them...water intrusion into fixtures. I need the heat to dry out the luminaire, and I think the moisture would kill most LEDs.

    Apparently my source still has them, so I'll go there.

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