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Specialty and Architectural Lighting — Halogen

What are ANSI Coded Light Bulbs?

What are ANSI Coded Light Bulbs?

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Learn what the American National Standards Institute has to do with the funny codes on older light bulbs. ANSI standards for light bulbs determine the technical specifications of lamps, and both help and mystify consumers trying to find the right light bulb to replace one that's burned out.

Guide to Beam Metrics for Comparing LED to Halogen Directional Bulbs

Guide to Beam Metrics for Comparing LED to Halogen Directional Bulbs

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LED light is inherently directional. Most traditional light sources - incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent and HID - emit light in all directions. For these light sources to have specific directional characteristics, the lamp is made with a reflector and sometimes a lens to modify the illumination so it becomes more focused, or directional. For example, PAR halogen lamps are available in a range of beam angles from 60°, a wide flood, to 8° a narrow...

Why is Replacing Halogen 12V MR16 with LED A Challenge? Updated Late 2016

Why is Replacing Halogen 12V MR16 with LED A Challenge? Updated Late 2016

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Over two years ago, when we wrote this original post, there was general angst from lighting designers, contractors and owners about the usefulness of LED MR16 bulbs as viable replacements for halogen MR16 in commercial display lighting applications. At the time, we cited a USDOE report from 2014 that showed "very few of the LED MR16 lamps listed in the LED Lighting Facts program are comparable replacements for the popular 12V 50W halogen MR16". Only...

Is Notching Blowing Out Your Bulbs Early?

Is Notching Blowing Out Your Bulbs Early?

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"I just replaced that bulb. It's already burnt out? The previous one lasted two years!" Yes, we've all had that feeling, as a light bulb we screwed into a socket a few months ago unexpectedly burns out. The usual response is a little annoyance, paranoia about the fixture or electrical wiring, and resignation to putting in a new bulb. If it's used in a special application like for a car or indicator light, this might...

What's the difference between a halogen and incandescent bulb?

What's the difference between a halogen and incandescent bulb?

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Learn the difference between halogen and incandescent light bulbs. While halogen bulbs basically are incandescent, see how they've improved on the old incandescent light source, resulting in more efficiency.