I have 18 mini can's in my basement ceiling that hold PAR30 50W
halogen bulbs. These are all on a dimming circuit in two banks.
I have been looking for a dimmable CFL replacement spot bulb for this
application but I cannot find any that 1) fit this size can and 2) are
Can anyone make any recommendations as to which manufacturer MAY have
a dimmable replacement?
took about 10 seconds on google ? compact fluorescent + dimmable + r30
This compact fluorescent is a Uniflood R40 or R30. These are a dimmable
compact fluorescent reflector that can be used with a standard incandescent
dimmer. They're available in wattages from 11, 15 and 20 watts replacing up
to a 100 watt incandescent flood. Made to fit in almost any place that a
regular flood light would go. The Uniflood compact fluorescent reflector is
a little more of an investment initially, but you only have to change the
bulb inside, not the whole unit. The face opens and it is instant-on with an
these are flood vs spot but beggars acan't be choosers
I have yet to see a 20 watt CFL produce much more than a good 75 watt
incandescent or a 100 watt one of noticeably compromised light output
(super long life 130V ones or junky dollar store ones or the worse
Please also keep in mind that CFL floods don't produce the same beam as
an incandescent flood, especially not R30 (R40 is not as bad). And if
anyone makes a CFL spot, it will not come close to an incandescent spot,
although things get more alike when you have several of them with beams
merging into each other.
If you keep these in mind, go ahead and you won't be disappointed.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.misty.com/~don/cfx.html )
Thanks Wayne and Don.
I did search through google and actually have been visiting and
monitoring some of the manufacturers' sites about these models.
First of all, the reason I wish to change from Halogen to CFL is for
both heat reduction and energy reduction. Then my cans are rather
small meaning that a normal PAR30 bulb fills the entire can, edge to
edge, top to bottom and I do not wish to have any part of the bulb
exposed below the ceiling line for safety sake. That means there is
just about 5" of depth max to work with.
Because I have 18 cans in the ceiling the pattern or the lumens output
is not as important. However, the dimmer ability is because all these
cans are on the same two dimmers.
I will certainly look at the link(s) recommended but if anyone has
anyother input I would greatly appreciate it.
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