PAR Instead of Standard?

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Old 11-06-13, 05:37 AM
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PAR Instead of Standard?

At my land, I have a number of light strings about 15' off the ground, with bulbs spaced 10' apart. Currently, I am using Sylvania 200W clear bulbs. I am very curious as whether I should use outdoor-rated flood bulbs so most of the light is pointed downward rather than getting wasted at the sky. What is your opinion?
 
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Old 11-06-13, 07:12 AM
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I would, or install reflectors. There's a "dark sky" (or something like that) regulation in some jurisdictions around here that would require that.
 
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Old 11-06-13, 01:46 PM
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Justin, stick with the bulbs you have.
I can fab some nice fluted aluminum shades that would slip over the neck of the bulb.
Something similar to this:



I'll do one and show it to you later...
 
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Here's a very quick rough:
(and I would paint them white)
 
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Very cool Nick


Probably still get more useable light with like a 90w reflector flood (Par 38)... save a little energy too.

Maybe you could try one PAR and one of Nick's shades and see which gives the best coverage.
 

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What about both? I think Nick's shades over PARs would look super cool and definitely keep the light out of the sky.
 
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Old 11-07-13, 11:43 AM
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Nick! Those shades look awesome!!! I went on a search yesterday for 150W PAR bulbs and couldn't find any. Does anyone have a source? I could always use Edison bulbs in those shades.
 
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Old 11-08-13, 07:03 PM
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By the OP's request, here's another pic with the interior painted white.
The bulb is an old wide-neck PS30...
 
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I think 90w is the largest you'll find in the big boxes. GE does still make them up to 150w but they look pricey.

Maybe space the 90's a little closer and use a few more.
 
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Old 11-08-13, 09:51 PM
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Nick, how are you getting those awesome shots of light bulbs in action? Wiring through a dimmer and cranking it way down?
 
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Old 11-09-13, 12:23 PM
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There must be a more efficient way to light that area instead of 200 watt bulbs every ten foot.
 
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I am very curious as whether I should use outdoor-rated flood bulbs...
Outdoor-rated reflector flood lamps are made with Pyrex glass. Regular glass bulbs will often shatter if hit with rain while in use.
 
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There must be a more efficient way to light that area instead of 200 watt bulbs every ten foot.

I tried CFL's, but they don't like a combination of weather, generator power, and heat from a fire.
 
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Halogen? LED? ...................................
 
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Old 11-12-13, 11:15 AM
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I'm using some 72W halogens around the fire area, but they're not bright enough for the rest of the place. LED's are too expensive compared to the amount of time they're on.
 
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My friend gave me 8 Eiko 23W CFL floods yesterday, and I put them out there tonight. I'm amazed at the difference it makes between the floods and the 72W halogens.


 
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