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Old 03-15-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hey guy's I have kind of a stupid question...

I just installed a bunch of recessed lights in our home. We like the look and color of the Reveal 75 PAR38 lights.... But I think I am doing something wrong. On the recessed light Can's "H27RICT" cans it says something about MAX 75Par30. What if the difference? and will the 38's be too hot or draw too much power? What is the difference and why so many options?


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par38 are for exterior floods. The different sizes offer different lamp reflective zones. Par30 or a wider spread with a par50.

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you can also use a par38 for recess lights not just outside use.
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That's what I thought... what does the "PAR" refer too? Is that the spread?
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That's what I thought... what does the "PAR" refer too? Is that the spread?
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T... what does the "PAR" refer too?.............
Bob's answer is correct except it is not necessarily a 'Flood'
In addition the PAR # refers to the diameter in 1/8"
e.g. PAR38 is 4.75" in diameter
PAR30 is 3.75" in diameter

The 'spread' of the light is a function of the lens of the bulb
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Lenses

  • Very Narrow Spot
  • Narrow Spot
  • Medium Flood
  • Wide Flood
  • Very Wide Flood

These lens classifications are more for theatrical lighting but check the bulb package it should at least say 'Spot' or 'Flood'

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