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BR40 flood light bulbs for longer life used in recessed and track lighting. 5 inch size with brands like Sylvania, GE or Westinghouse.

One of the most widely used lamps today are the ones that have been used for a few decades, the BR40 flood light bulbs.  These flood light bulbs are large enough to fill the space of almost any recessed or track lighting fixture.  For looks, it's nice to have the opening full of light which fills out the recess downlight or track head.  It's not necessarily the best lamp to use in most cases, but the cost is generally very low which makes them popular.  The most common wattage is now the 75 watt or 120 watt BR40 sometimes also called the 75BR40 flood light.  When it comes to lighting up a home, office or retail store, these incandescent light bulbs tend to be the ones chosen for recessed cans or track lighting because that's usually what a contractor might have put in for the initial installation.  Some people don't like them because they sometimes have a shorter life, but that's only true in some cases.  When compared to regular incandescent lighting, ours are longer lasting than the store bought kind making them a perfect choice for almost any type of lighting. There are several kinds of incandescent flood types which include the regular household base, R20, R30 and R40 sizes to replace almost any flood light you may be using now. The smaller R30 3.75 inch size is also a very common light, but has been generally phased out of many new installations because of energy efficiency concerns.

The range of wattages is somewhat limited in the BR40 flood light bulbs. They come in 75, 100 or 150 watts and most fixtures require a limit of 120 watts with the BR40.  For most installations, they are used in recessed lighting with a 6 inch opening and can be dimmed with a standard incandescent dimmer.  In many types of lighting applications, the dimming capability is what makes it a wonderful choice for dining rooms, kitchens or high ceiling lighting for rooms.  If you have track lighting, then it probably makes sense to upgrade to a halogen PAR38 which will give you more light with a greater variety of beam patterns.  The BR40 flood light bulbs usually come in a flood or spot.  The spot will provide a tighter beam for areas where you want a focused light.  Once again, if this is something you're considering, then perhaps the halogen PAR38 might be the better choice.  The 150R40 has been phased out through federal energy legislation and are not for sale, but that's why the 90PAR38 halogen makes sense as a good replacement.

Speaking of energy efficient alternatives, many businesses are looking for ways to save energy with lighting.  Obviously, compact fluorescent flood light bulbs are the perfect choice to replace higher wattage incandescent BR40 flood light bulbs and save energy.  Just look for areas where you might use BR40 incandescent light bulbs and find the right replacement on our web site.  The R40 has a diameter of 5" inches across the face of the reflector.  You will find a great reduction in your electrical bill while still getting the amount of light that you want.  Look for electric utility rebates in your area which might be available for replacement compact fluorescent flood light bulbs.  This is more true in commercial lighting than it is for residential as they are a larger user of electricity during the day or high demand times. When replacing your outdated incandescent with compact fluorescent, make sure that the light is not on a dimmer. Putting non-dimmable fluorescent on a dimming circuit could cause a fire. We have the dimming compact fluorescent bulbs also, so you'll need to ask for them specifically. Please note that your energy savings can be very significant when changing from incandescent flood lights to fluorescent flood lights over almost any other kind of retrofit.

Remember that there are many types of incandescent flood bulbs, we describe some of the most common used in home and commercial lighting here.  Keep in mind that we also stock all the larger incandescent and smaller types used in commercial lighting.  Whatever type of bulb you have, you will be getting a longer life incandescent than what you're used to, getting the most light you can for your money.  We have a large inventory of incandescent bulbs for nearly every type of light fixture in the field.  If you need help identifying an incandescent bulb, our customer service representatives can help you determine what you have.

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