If you are currently purchasing halogen type PAR lamps, you may be made aware of the new regulations that were put into place on July 14, 2012. In effect, you will no longer be able to purchase PAR, R, ER, BPAR type incandescent/
However, there are a few options that can be utilized for an easy swap-out of high efficiency light bulbs. Priority Lighting recommends the following choices to retrofit existing track and recessed lighting systems and fixtures.
• HALOGEN LIGHT: While there is a limited supply of this type lamp left in distributor circulation, we expect a total phase out of this lamp by year’s end. You can expect rising costs of this light bulb as the demand grows.
• IR Halogen: Infrared halogens produce more light with fewer watts than conventional halogens. However, the IR technology has a disadvantage in the retail markets, as the light output does seem to cast a green hue rather than warm white like traditional halogens.
• CFL: The outer “shell” of PAR CFL types look similar to the halogen and come with a slightly frosted lens with a spiral type (curly cue/pig tail) in the center. The reflector wrapped around the spiral enhances the performance putting out decent lumens. However, the CRI (coloring rendering index) is poor and is not dimmable.
• SELF-BALLASTED CERAMIC METAL HALIDE LAMPS: This technology is considered by architects and designers to be, not only one of the best looking light sources on the market, but also provides the highest LPW (lumen per watt). The negatives to this bulb are the high upfront cost, color shifts after a few months of use, and its lack of capability to be dimmed.
• LED: One of the most sought-after and popular options is the light emitting diode (L.E.D.). Its most noticeable features are its superior efficiency, long life, high CRI, and hassle-free maintenance. Due to the fact that there is so much “hype” about this somewhat new technology, there are thousands of overseas manufacturers exporting this lamp into the US market with little-to-no oversight into the quality of its features which include: driver, heat sink, packaging, diodes and the possible inferiority of metals used. Priority Lighting was recently nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Led Lighting Facts program as a public educator of lighting issues, as well as a premier supplier of quality tested LED products. A buyer should always look for these “telltales”: