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This refers to the literal measure of the light-output of a particular light bulb, measured in the number of lumens.
Watts (Energy Used)
"Watts" is the term applied to the amount of energy required and used by a particular light bulb. It is an international system unit of power equal to one joule per second. Contrary to popular belief, the wattage of a bulb does not directly measure the brightness; the "lumens" of a light is what defines the actual light output.
This refers to an average lifetime rating based on large quantities in test groups. This testing takes into account usage of 3 hours per start for fluorescent lamps and 10 hours per start for HID lamps.
Voltage is a measure of electrical potential.
The "Bulb Type" is typically a combination of the style of bulb as well as the width of the bulb. Usually, the first couple letters will indicate the type; "G" would indicate "Globe", "PAR" would indicate "Parabolic Reflector"... The numbers indicate the diameter of the light bulb in eighths of an inch; a "G40" would be a "Globe" style that is "5 inches" in diameter.
The "Base" of a light bulb is the part that either screws or snaps into a receptacle. Base Type terminology may indicate common descriptive words like "Medium" or "Candelabra", or may even contain numeric codes that signify size and variety, like "E26" or "2GX13".
The filament is the style of fine wire that is heated electrically inside of an incandescent light bulb.
Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) is a specification of the color appearance of a light bulb, relating its color to that of a reference source heated to a particular temperature, measured in degrees Kelvin (K). It generally measures the "warmth" or "coolness" of light source appearance.
CRI (Color Rendering Index)
CRI refers to the "Color Rendering Index" of a light bulb. CRI measures a light source and grades its ability to render the color of objects "correctly," as compared with a reference source with comparable color temperature. 100 is perfect rendering.
This is sometimes referred to as MOL, or "Maximum Overall Length". It measures the absolute length of a light bulb, from the top of the bulb to the bottom of the base and is typically expressed in inches.
Width refers to the complete diameter of the widest point of the light bulb.
The beam angle refers to the width of the light beam coming from a reflector light bulb. The higher the number, the wider the beam spread.
# of Lamps
This refers to the number of Fluorescent or HID light bulbs that this particular ballast can light.
Bulb Type Used in Ballast
This refers to the style of light bulb that this particular ballast can light.
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12/30/13 (Burlington, ON)
Floodlights on the house at Christmas time have been a long standing tradition for most of my life, and the white siding and angles on my current residence make it possible to use floods very effectively for a colourful display.
I'm in my mid-50's, now, and I've struggled to maintain a set of lights that are both as bright and as rich in colour as the ones that I grew up with. The last of my original (over 40 years old!) lights burned out last year, and because I live in Canada, there just haven't been readily available replacements. What you get at HD or Canadian Tire are either "washy" in colour, or are simply 90W halogen bulbs with coloured "paint" on them - which flakes off almost immediately.
THESE lamps capture the richness of the original bulbs. The colour appears to be suspended in a coating that's as hard as the glass itself (not unlike the 40 year old bulbs that had the colour actually IN the glass), and the result is great. Be aware that coloured shell doesn't wrap all the way around the face of the lens - a small band of white light escapes where the colour meets the body. But this is in a 180 degree plane that doesn't affect what the bulb projects forward at all. Very happy with these...
2/29/12 (Ormond Beach, FL)
The glass is not painted thus it lasts longer in the weather. A great product from Sylvania.
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