Reflector LED Spots
What is an LED reflector spot?
Reflector spots are light sources in which a reflector is built in to focus the emitted light. Unlike a regular LED bulb, for example, LED reflectors do not emit their light in all directions but only in a specific beam angle. This makes them ideal for accent lighting of objects or specific areas.
Which LED reflector spots do we have in our range?
Of course, there are also different designs for our LED reflectors. These mainly relate to the product range and/or the lamp shape. Let's deal with the former first:
- Osram Parathom: The LED reflector spots of the Osram Parathom series are best suited for ordinary application areas and provide you with inexpensive and efficient LED light. They are particularly well suited for switching from incandescent or halogen bulbs to LED bulbs because they can usually be replaced 1:1.
- Philips CorePro: Philips CorePro light sources are also suitable for general applications and enable a quick and easy change to LED technology. They are characterised by a solid lifespan as well as lumen efficiency.
- Philips MASTER: These are light sources that emit particularly high brightness (lumens). They are ideal for demanding applications and/or high ceilings.
PAR16, PAR20, R39 & Co. - What do the abbreviations for bulb shape mean?
The exact shape of a bulb is often indicated by an abbreviation consisting of letters and numbers. In the case of LED reflector spots, designations such as PAR16 or R39 can be found.
PAR is an abbreviation for "parabolic aluminized reflector bulb" and thus describes a bulb with a parabolic shape. The number behind it indicates the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. A PAR16 thus has a diameter of 2 inches (50 millimetres). The larger the number behind the PAR, the larger the housing of the bulb. Further information on the diameter can always be found in the technical data of a product. PAR reflector spots also often come with a rather flat surface.
R is the abbreviation for "reflector" and thus describes the bulb type. As with PAR LED reflectors, the number after the R also stands for the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. A reflector with R40 thus has a diameter of 5 inches (127 millimetres).
LED reflectors with the abbreviation "R" in the title are usually characterised by a slightly curved surface.
What are LED reflectors used for?
LED reflector bulbs come with E27 or E14 bases and emit their light in a predefined beam angle - similar to a GU10 LED spot, for example. You can benefit from this if you only have E27 or E14 sockets available but want to use accent lighting.
You will always find the information on the beam angle in the technical data of each product. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the angle, the smaller the cone of light produced by the LED reflector. You can find more information on this topic in our blog entry: How do I choose the right beam angle?
Note: Due to the high efficiency of LED bulbs, they produce particularly little heat. Therefore, they are unfortunately not suitable for operation in lava lamps.