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Ceramic metal halide

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Chuck Stewart, Jul 3, 2007.

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  1. Does anyone know who manufactures recessed fixtures using twenty watt
    compact ceramic metal halide lamps. Seems like the green thing to install
    on my new front porch. The biggest local electrical/lighting distributor
    looks at me blankly and says, "You mean compact fluorescent?" They did come
    up with Nora Lighting from LA.

    Chuck Stewart
  2. JohnR66

    JohnR66 Guest

    You may want to search for commercial lighting. Perhaps the lamp makers
    (Sylvania, Philips and such) have links on their sites.
    Why do you want this? Anything MH is going to be costly. A compact
    electronic ballast MH fixture will likely set you back a few hundred $$. The
    bulbs are costly to replace and I don't think the efficiency of very low
    wattage MH is much better than CFL.

  3. I don't know why Chuck wants to use CMH lamps instead of
    CFLs, but I suspect it may be due to the fact that he lives
    in an area of the country, about 150 miles west of my house,
    where the temperature in the winter can drop to - 30F. (-34C
    for those of you who live in more civilized countries.) I
    don't know any CFLs that are designed to start at these
    temperatures, those there are a few that are rated for 0F

    Or, he may want the smaller source size of low power CMH
    lamps compared to CFLs with equal light output.

    Vic Roberts
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  4. Indeed Vic is correct. The low temperatures in January/February are a
    concern. The smaller source size is a secondary benefit.

    For those who are interested I received the following list of fixture
    manufacturers from a former GE associate. I haven't investigated any of
    them yet.
    "Here are a few choices... I haven't investigated these websites too
    Amerlux has recessed downlight fixtures for 20W. Choose Light/Power Source =
    CMH Precise MR16

    So does Lucifer Lighting

    So does Cooper search: metal halide downlight"
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