Replacing PAR 38 Bulbs with LEDs|
Article - February 17, 2016 By LarsonElectronics.com
Replacing PAR 38 Eave Mount Lights with PAR 38 LEDs
Eave mount lights are found around homes and businesses for security lighting. The fixtures are typically installed in the part of the roof that meets or overhangs the walls of the building. Because they are considered to be one of the most used exterior lights in a busy facility, it is important to keep the units working efficiently, in order to reduce the possibility of break-ins from intruders.
Replacing PAR 38 Bulbs with LEDs
Traditionally, Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) incandescent bulbs are used for eave mount lighting. PAR bulbs are an ideal choice for such locations, because they offer concentrated light beams (up to four times more intense, compared to standard bulbs). Furthermore, the units support a metallic reflector that pushes stray beams outward to the target area. PAR 38 bulbs are used for outdoor landscape lighting, making them suitable for eave mounts. The fixtures are mounted to the surface from the top of, or behind the lamp. In most cases, the units do not need to provide 360-degree lighting, since there is a wall behind the fixture. Therefore, a spread of 180 degrees is sufficient for the target area.
The outdated technology used by incandescent bulbs during light production is the main drawback of the units. Because of this, some individuals are replacing conventional PAR 38 bulbs with PAR 38 LEDs. By comparison, PAR 38 LEDs can last longer (up to 50,000+ hours), and are less prone to premature failure. This translates to fewer lamp replacements, and lower long-term maintenance costs. LEDs do not use harmful chemicals, such as lead or mercury, to produce light. This makes them safer to use, especially during installation and handling.
When it comes to power consumption, LEDs consume up to 90 percent less power than incandescent bulbs. The latter wastes over 90 percent of energy on heat, which is why the units must be cooled down considerably after long periods of operation before handling. LEDs generate very little heat, and its solid state design incorporates semiconductor materials (chips and small circuit boards), instead of filament or gas. This allows the lights to withstand rough treatment, impact, vibration and extreme temperatures. When used for eave mount lights, PAR 38 LEDs could remain operational during cold winter seasons, and during obstruction from small animals, such as birds nesting on top of the lamp.
Eave Mount PAR 38 LED Security Options
Eave mount lights support several options for security systems. For example, eave mount lights with motion sensors can be installed in shady areas of the home’s perimeter to deter trespassers and large animals from entering the location. PAR 38 LEDs are suitable for such configurations because they can be toggled instantly during activation. Incandescent lamps are susceptible to premature failure when toggled rapidly, while fluorescent bulbs flicker before full light output.
For aesthetics in outdoor locations, individuals may consider installing PAR 38 RGB LED bulbs. When mounted on the eave, it can display a wide selection (over 16 million combinations) of colors and animations. Operators may control the lights wirelessly via handheld remote or third-party mobile app. In addition to colors, individuals can also control the bulb’s animations. This could be useful when entertaining guests on the porch, or for small parties on the driveway (where most eave mount lights are installed).
A hands-off approach to eave mount PAR 38 LED lights involves the use of solar panels. This option is applicable to areas without convenient access to the grid, or a reliable power source. PAR 38 LEDs are appropriate for solar lighting systems due to their energy efficient features. Since the bulbs have low energy requirements during operation, the lights can sustain power for longer periods of time without continuously draining the battery.