Sylvania PAR38 halogen light bulbs are a standard for many outdoor fixtures using
halogen floods today including those you might use on your home. They put a halogen capsule light in a small reflector to
give a great amount of light output while delivering good beam control. The
Sylvania has one of the widest varieties of PAR38 lamps including many wattages
and all beam spreads not typically found in most hardware superstores. As a
part of our complete Sylvania offering, we have all the variations they have.
PAR38 bulbs have a short neck with a large reflector, just above the Edison (medium) base. Though many
PAR38 bulbs are similar
from different manufacturers, we do believe that the Sylvania product is superior for its
beam patterns and light output. The brands you buy in the hardware store
are similar, but they usually don't last as long. It has a full beam of light without the shadows
or irregularities that some manufacturers of cheap PAR38 light bulbs might have.
As the developer of halogen lighting technology, they excel in delivering a
quality product for either commercial use or for your home.
Halogen bulbs are incandescent bulbs, just like the typical R40 flood bulbs we
have been using in lamps for years and years. Halogen bulbs, however, are filled
with a special gas that actually rebuilds the filament and provides longer
average life spans than normal incandescent bulbs. They come in different shapes
and sizes for various different uses. The Sylvania PAR38 halogen light bulbs are
flood shaped with the heavy, thick glass that is common to many medium to 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 lamps that have
been used in outdoor lighting or track and recessed cans over the past decades.
Replacing these will give you more light while reducing energy costs. The
typical wattage of the old R40 is 150 watts, and so replacing them with a 90
watt PAR38 will save 60 watts and deliver better lighting at the same time.
The amount of light is critical when they're used as an outdoor security light.
The Sylvania PAR38 halogen is a
large sized flood bulb with a standard screw base. You can
tell 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. PAR38 lamps are widely available from Sylvania, Westinghouse
as well as others. 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 makes the PAR38 lamps very versatile and quite handy to use many kinds of
Sylvania generally calls their halogen line Capsylite and within that category are many
different configurations of light bulbs. The variety ranges from standard
bulbs to bi-pin halogen to the full spectrum variety called Daylight Plus. There are also track
lighting bulbs, indoor floods and indoor/outdoor PAR floods. Whatever the
lighting need, there probably is a Sylvania lamp that will work correctly in
that situation. eLightBulbs.com is an online light bulb company that
offers the entire Sylvania catalog for purchase over the web. So whether you
need halogen, fluorescent or HID sources, we'll have the right bulb for your
need. In this case, we have the breadth of the entire offering of Sylvania PAR38
halogen light bulbs.
Here's a helpful tip about lighting an outdoor space or area with these lamps.
If you're looking to maximize light in an area for security reasons, then choose
the widest beam possible in these lamps. The reason for this is that the
PAR shape tends to tighten the beam of light illuminating one part of the spread
greatly, while the other part is a little dimmer. If you use the widest beam
that you can get it will even out the light over the entire area rather than
concentrating it in small spots. And because a light doesn't have to be
very bright to illuminate at night, the evenness of the light will make it all
appear brighter than and incorrectly lit area where spotting occurs. If you need a special beam spread, then you can
also count on us having the best selection of patterns to meet your critical
From security lighting of homes to track lighting in retail stores, you will most likely find a Sylvania
PAR38 halogen lighting your way. Many people also use these halogen PAR38
bulbs for retail track, restaurants, clothing stores, jewelry, art work, sculptures, etc. and when
shown under this light will appear more brilliant. 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 halogen bulbs for nearly every type of light fixture in the
field. If you need help identifying the bulb you have, our customer
service representatives can help you determine what you have.