How do I choose the most appropriate MR16 lamps for my application?
Selecting MR16 lamps can be complicated, and the process of selecting these lamps may be different from application to application. The following are general guidelines for selecting MR16 lamps:
- Choose MR16 lamps with the beam angle and center
beam candlepower (CBCP) necessary to obtain the appropriate lighting effect and illuminances.
Be aware that the beam angle and CBCP of MR16 lamps of the same type may be different between manufacturers and even within the same manufacturer (see “What do I need to know when specifying MR16 lamps”).
- Refer to manufacturers' catalogs for the average rated life of the MR16 lamps you intend to use to learn how often you will need to replace these lamps.
- Consider the correlated color temperature (CCT) of the lamp. Manufacturer catalogs list CCTs. Be aware that although the CCTs of MR16 lamps of the same type may be equal in catalogs, the actual appearance of color may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer or between grades of lamps for the same manufacturer (see “What do I need to know when specifying MR16 lamps?”).
- Depending on the application’s context, beam quality may be very important. Given that there are different grades of MR16 lamps on the market with drastically different beam qualities, lighting professionals should familiarize themselves with the different lamps’ characteristics by examining the manufacturers’ catalogs or by actually testing the lamps to learn more about their beam appearance and color.
- Pay attention to the heat from MR16 lamps. If the application is heat sensitive, choose MR16 lamps with a dichroic-coated reflector (see “What do I need to know when specifying MR16 lamps?”).