MR-8 Fixtures?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Steve Atkinson, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Anyone still buying and installing fixtures that use the MR-8 lamp? What brand of fixture are you buying?

    Or anyone still maintaining existing systems using this lamp?
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  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've never even seen an MR8. What prompts the question?
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    never used em, never will.
  5. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I believe the fixtures using the mr-8 lamp were designed for small spaces, low profile where a standard l/v fixture would be visible or out of place.

    The mr-8 lamp has always been problematic. Gets very hot, short life, pins easily break, and that was always a hotspot because of the narrow beam patterns. The Jayliter that Gregg mentions here was designed to use a Ushio mr-8 lamp that incorporates a clear lens. No lens built into the fixture..

    My question comes from a few requests for Brilliance to offer a mr-8 retrofit lamp. The responses (and lack of) here adequately answer that question.
  6. LLC RI

    LLC RI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Let me chime in here. I use MR 8's from Lightcraft Outdoors... they have MR 8 and MR 11 that match.. same body style, just smaller. I use them to uplight porch columns because they are small and not often noticed. I've also used them on the side walls of an inset front door uplighting and downlighting the area, and I aim the lights to the door from above to light their wreaths at Christmas.

    I think it would be a good idea to make a nice MR 8 retrofit lamp. Since the fixture is brass, the fins would likely touch the sides of the body and the whole fixture would be like a heatsink.

    It wouldn't have to be that powerful, but enough to cast some nice light on an 8-10 foot tall porch column.
  7. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Thanks for the input George. There is something coming out that may be useful for your scenarios. Details available soon............

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