In the history of halogen lighting, there has never been a breakthrough like the
infrared technology from Sylvania. You can now save energy over standard
PAR38 lamps while still getting the
same amount of light output that you had before. We now have the PAR38 lamps available that have a specially
designed halogen capsule featuring a multi-layered thin film
coating that allows visible light to pass through while reflecting infrared
energy back to the filament.
It makes the bulb much more energy efficient, and in the case of the PAR38, it
allows the wattage to be reduced to 60, 80 or 100 watts from the standard
There will typically be a 30% energy savings over the old standard halogens.
Although there are other manufacturers of halogen, no one has anything as
efficient or that performs as well as the Sylvania brand.
Like any other halogens, this bulb is an incandescent bulb, just like the typical
BR40 or R40 incandescent flood bulbs that
have been in use for decades. These halogen bulbs, however, are filled
with a special gas that actually rebuilds the filament and provides longer
average life than normal incandescent bulbs. The Sylvania PAR38 Capsylite IR halogen light bulbs are
flood shaped with the heavy, thick glass that is common to many large
sized halogen bulbs. PAR stands for parabolic aluminized reflector. These types
of bulbs will provide you with a high light output, a more white-colored light
(a higher color temperature - approximately 3000K), and longer life than normal
R or BR reflectors. That is why the halogen are many times used in energy saving
lighting situations because they are more efficient in their light production.
The PAR38 is a good direct replacement for the incandescent R40 or standard
PAR38 halogens that have
been used in track lighting or outdoor lighting applications.
The Sylvania PAR38 Capsylite IR halogen is a large flood bulb, like the ones
most people use for a backyard security light. In order to determine what kind of PAR lamp
you have by measuring the distance across the widest point of the bulb. The
number after 'PAR' represents the number of eighths of an inch the bulb diameter
is. Therefore, PAR38 lamps are 4 3/4 inches across. They have standard bases and are able to be used indoors or outdoors. This means
they can be directly exposed to rain or snow and still function normally and they
do not need to be covered by a light fixture. This new lamp is typically
60, 80 or 100 watts replacing the older 150, 100 or 90 watt versions while delivering the same amount of
light. The code for this lamp is usually something like 60PAR38/CAP/IR,
80PAR38/CAP/IR or 1000PAR38/CAP/IR
plus the associated beam spread that you would find whether it be wide flood,
narrow flood or spot. Sylvania also uses SPL optics which give an even, full
beam pattern, no dark shadows here.
Many people also use these PAR38
bulbs for restaurants, clothing stores, jewelry, art work, sculptures, etc. In the case of retail
lighting, the way you light something can make the difference in selling
something or not. Whatever type of lighting need you have, you will be
saving energy while getting the most light you can for your money. We have
a large inventory of IR halogen bulbs for nearly every type of light fixture in the
field. If you need help identifying the bulb need, our customer
service representatives can help you determine what you have.