By Kimberly Quang
MR11 bulbs can be used in your low voltage lighting design. These lamps have a multifaceted reflector, which is basically a pressed glass reflector. The interior parts of these bulbs are reflective and are made up of facets and a reflective coating. The facets provide a source of optical control since they have the ability to gather the light to form a single concentrated light beam. Some MR11 lamps have a smooth interior without the facets, but are still categorized as MR bulbs. Residents should always find a quality retailer of MR11 bulbs before making their final purchase.
A single-ended quartz halogen filament capsule operates MR11 lamps. These bulbs are 11/8” (1.38”) in diameter and have a 2-pin base, along with low voltage capabilities. The size of the lamp is an important thing to consider before you start on your lighting design. Other lamps besides the MR11 come in different sizes. The 16 style for example is 16 eighths of an inch or 2 inches in diameter. The 8 version is 1 inch or 2.5 centimeters in length.
The 11-style bulb is perfect for your low voltage lighting theme. These bulbs typically use less than 120 volts, and most only need 12 volts to operate effectively. Some can even function at 6 volts, while others may require 24 volts depending upon your selection. Residents should always purchase a transformer with their MR11 bulb to reduce the line voltage for the lamp. Improvements in technology have brought about a different kind of 11style bulb that has an integrated transformer built into the device. Using a commercial style dimmer can dim these fixtures.
Residents should also take the beam spread into account when purchasing one of these fixtures. The beam spread is defined as the width of a light beam, represented in degrees. An MR lamp’s beam spread can be thought of as a cone. The beam spread shows the angular width of the cone. Homeowners may prefer a narrow, spot, or flood type of beam spread depending upon their needs. Some bulbs may have to have the lamp replaced to accommodate for the beam spread. If this is the case, RLLD has numerous lenses and louvers to accommodate your requirements. These devices spread the light out or shield the illumination around objects. Halogen lamps could be thought of as the beginning phase in the strides toward light bulb modernization.
Residents typically use MR11 lamps for landscape lighting, but these bulbs can be used within the home, as well. RLLD has excellent landscape wiring if you are thinking about illuminating your outdoor environment. We have special direct burial cables designed with UV and weather resistant materials for your convenience. We also have numerous other cable and wire devices that come in a variety of lengths, and will give the homeowner the long-lasting durability they deserve. Don’t forget to check out our cool color lenses for your MR11 lamps. These lenses come in red, blue, yellow, green, and golden amber. We also have special UV lenses to protect your cherished works of art. Dazzling, brilliant, and long lasting, RLLD’s product line will simply blow you away!
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