Incandescent to CFL not same length & width


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Old 03-04-15, 11:54 AM
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Incandescent to CFL not same length & width

I am looking for a CFL equivalent to a Par20 Incandescent flood light. (lower watts or lumen's the better)

It is for an over the stove lighted hood so the length and width of the bulb is very important.

I was told by a Lowe's Person that a R20 is the equivalent but it is 1 1/2 longer and is also wider and sticks way out of the fixture.

What CFL would be the same Dimensions as the Par20 light?

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Old 03-04-15, 12:42 PM
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Forgot to put the total length including the part you screw in (medium base) needs to be 3" and width around 2-2.5"
 
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Old 03-04-15, 01:45 PM
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Check this GE link out it has all the lamp spec's
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Old 03-04-15, 04:07 PM
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First it seems as though you're getting watts and lumens confused. Watts is the power it takes to light the bulb and is what you're paying the electric company. Lumens is the brightness of the light. You may also want to look at Kelvin or temperature or color of the light.

To answer you're question.

 
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Old 03-04-15, 04:22 PM
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Just curious.... why would you want a CFL over the stove ?
Most hoods are on a dimmer that won't operate a CFL lamp properly.
 
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Old 03-04-15, 04:33 PM
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I do understand the difference between watts and lumens. What I am saying is my lighted hood says use Par20 bulb. I don't need the Par it can be just a R (Reflective flood light) now if I go to the local home improvement store and find a Par20 50 watt incandescent bulb and compare it to a p20 CFL 50 watt equivalent it is much bigger 1 1/2" longer and about 1" or so wider.

The closest thing I can find close to the size I need is only a LED which is way too much almost $20.00 and that is a R14 model light.

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I had the larger CFL in there and it worked only on high but thats a I would need anyways.

I am looking to use it as a "brighter" night lite so there is no need to turn on any other lights in that area when walking around at night.
 
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Old 03-04-15, 04:45 PM
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A CFL will be bigger by virtue of the ballast that must be built into it. If you really want to use this as a night light then use the $20 LED. I use to use my over the range microwave light as a night lite but they burn out much too quickly. I opted for a regular night light plugged into a typical receptacle. I save money and have less stress.
 
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Keep looking for the LEDs. A quick search and I came close in size for $5.
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Now that is back to 3.5" long and I need 2"
 
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Old 03-04-15, 05:15 PM
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Sorry I quickly looked at another PAR20 and it was 3.1, but the selection of LEDs keeps improving daily. I'll do a little more searching.

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No problem, thanks for looking anyways.

Just FYI that $5.00 bulb will be 19.90 Shipped

They must be putting 10lbs of bubble wrap around it to insure safe delivery
 
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LOL, just another thought. There are some very small candelabra bulbs and the conversion base shouldn't add much to the length, just the price. But I saw 60w bulbs smaller than what you are looking for down to the $12 range. Might increase your selection.

I searched a few months ago for 12v LED bulbs for my tractor and almost every time I looked the selection improved. The first ones I tried were direct shipped from way out there, nothing local, but the next ones were hanging on a WM hook, same price.

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Old 03-04-15, 06:02 PM
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Will something less than 3" work? This might be an option.
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