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What does PAR20 mean?

PAR20 is a small reflector lamp with focused light. Some like to call them spot lights but this may be a bit misleading. Like its larger siblings PAR30 and PAR38, it can come in a variety of beam angles from narrow spot to wide flood. Traditionally, PAR20 halogens and incandescents are made of thick heavy glass, have an inner reflective coating to help focus the light along with the parabolic (think curved) shape of the bulb. They distribute light in a more focused beam pattern, hence the name "spot lights". The difference between a flood PAR20 and a R20 is the cut off of light pattern. The flood PAR20 may provide a wide beam angle but not nearly as wide as a R20 and also with a much more defined area of lighting. The “PAR” stands for "Parabolic Aluminized Reflector, while the "20" represents the diameter of the face of the lamp, in this case 20 (1/8) inches, or 2.5 inches.

What to watch out for when buying PAR20 LEDs...

Since most existing light fixtures were designed for use with these sizes, you will want to find a PAR20 LED that has the same dimensions as a traditional PAR20. We think the most important is definitely the face diameter. For example, a gimbal track fixture made for PAR20's will usually have a ring diameter of slightly over 2.5 inches. Next, you also want to make sure the body and neck of the PAR20 is similarly proportioned to a traditional PAR20, otherwise you may have difficulty installing it into your existing fixture. Some LEDs have bulky heat-sinks that although are intended for better heat management, will result in a useless bulb you can't fit anywhere. You can be confident that we at First LED Lighting Center have taken the steps to provide PAR20 LEDs that will fit your existing fixture.

Consider the beam angle you want. Narrower such as 25 degrees will help throw light further in a more focused manner. Narrow beam angles are good for high ceilings or track fixtures used to accent certain objects or areas of a room. Something wider may be good for task lighting in spread-out areas such as a kitchen counter.

Where can I use a PAR20?

Typically PAR20's are used in 4-inch recessed can fixtures in the ceiling or in gimbal track fixtures. 4-inches is the diameter of the opening of the recessed can. You will have to take into consideration the trim, which conceals the interior of the can while making a nice exterior finish to the ceiling fixture. The trim will make the installation space narrower than the actual can. Again, the PAR20's you will find at First LED Lighting Center are designed to work with most trims and recessed can fixtures. Some PAR20 LEDs were designed for use in damp locations or outdoors. Check with us to see what we have available.

 

What does PAR30 mean?

PAR30 is a medium-size reflector lamp with focused light. PAR30’s can come with a short neck or a long neck. This refers to the length of the bulb. Some like to call them spot lights but this may be a bit misleading. Like its smaller and larger siblings PAR20 and PAR38, it can come in a variety of beam angles from narrow spot to wide flood. Traditionally, PAR30 halogens and incandescents are made of thick heavy glass, have an inner reflective coating to help focus the light along with the parabolic (think curved) shape of the bulb. They distribute light in a more focused beam pattern, hence the name "spot lights". The difference between a flood PAR30 and a BR30 is the cut off of light pattern. The flood PAR30 may provide a wide beam angle but not nearly as wide as a BR30 and also with a much more defined area of lighting. The “PAR” stands for "Parabolic Aluminized Reflector, while the "30" represents the diameter of the face of the lamp, in this case 30 (1/8) inches, or 3.75 inches.

What to watch out for when buying PAR30 LEDs...

Since most existing light fixtures were designed for use with these sizes, you will want to find a PAR30 LED that has the same dimensions as a traditional PAR30. As mentioned above, PAR30’s come in either short or long neck. This simply is the length of the bulb. LED versions also have short and long neck. We think the most important is definitely the face diameter. For example, a gimbal track fixture made for PAR30's will usually have a circular bracket diameter of slightly over 3.75 inches. Next, you also want to make sure the body and neck of the PAR30 is similarly proportioned to a traditional PAR30, otherwise you may have difficulty installing it into your existing fixture. Some LEDs have bulky heat-sinks that although are intended for better heat management, will result in a useless bulb you can't fit anywhere. You can be confident that we at First LED Lighting Center have taken the steps to provide PAR30 LEDs that will fit your existing fixture.

Consider the beam angle you want. Narrower such as 25 degrees will help throw light further in a more focused manner. Narrow beam angles are good for high ceilings or track fixtures used to accent certain objects or areas of a room. Something wider may be good for task lighting in spread-out areas such as a kitchen counter.

Where can I use a PAR30?

Typically PAR30's are used in 5-inch or 6-inch recessed can fixtures in the ceiling or in gimbal track fixtures. 5-inches and 6-inches are the diameters of the opening of the recessed cans. You will have to take into consideration the trim, which conceals the interior of the can while making a nice exterior finish to the ceiling fixture. The trim will make the installation space narrower than the actual can. Again, the PAR30's you will find at First LED Lighting Center are designed to work with most trims and recessed can fixtures. Some PAR30 LEDs were designed for use in damp locations or outdoors. Check with us to see what we have available.

 

What does PAR38 mean?

PAR38 is a large reflector lamp with focused light. It is the largest of the PAR-style lights. Some like to call them spot lights but this may be a bit misleading. Like its smaller siblings PAR20 and PAR30, it can come in a variety of beam angles from narrow spot to wide flood. Traditionally, PAR38 halogens and incandescents are made of thick heavy glass, have an inner reflective coating to help focus the light along with the parabolic (think curved) shape of the bulb. They distribute light in a more focused beam pattern, hence the name "spot lights". The difference between a flood PAR38 and a BR40 is the cut off of light pattern. The flood PAR38 may provide a wide beam angle but not nearly as wide as a BR40 and also with a much more defined area of lighting. The “PAR” stands for "Parabolic Aluminized Reflector, while the "38" represents the diameter of the face of the lamp, in this case 38 (1/8) inches, or 4.75 inches.

What to watch out for when buying PAR38 LEDs...

Since most existing light fixtures were designed for use with these sizes, you will want to find a PAR38 LED that has the same dimensions as a traditional PAR38. We think the most important is definitely the face diameter. For example, a gimbal track fixture made for PAR38's will usually have a circular bracket diameter of slightly over 4.75 inches. Next, you also want to make sure the body and neck of the PAR38 is similarly proportioned to a traditional PAR38, otherwise you may have difficulty installing it into your existing fixture. Some LEDs have bulky heat-sinks that although are intended for better heat management, will result in a useless bulb you can't fit anywhere. You can be confident that we at First LED Lighting Center have taken the steps to provide PAR38 LEDs that will fit your existing fixture.

Consider the beam angle you want. Narrower such as 25 degrees will help throw light further in a more focused manner. Narrow beam angles are good for high ceilings or track fixtures used to accent certain objects or areas of a room. Something wider may be good for task lighting in spread-out areas such as a kitchen counter.

Where can I use a PAR38?

Typically PAR38's are used in 6-inch recessed can fixtures in the ceiling or in gimbal track fixtures. 6-inches is the diameter of the opening of the recessed cans. 5-inch recessed cans will be difficult to fit since the diameter of a PAR38 is already 4.75 inches. You will have to take into consideration the trim, which conceals the interior of the can while making a nice exterior finish to the ceiling fixture. The trim will make the installation space narrower than the actual can. Again, the PAR38's you will find at First LED Lighting Center are designed to work with most trims and recessed can fixtures. Some PAR38 LEDs were designed for use in damp locations or outdoors. Check with us to see what we have available.

 

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