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Friday, May 18, 2012
R30 and BR30 flood light bulbs, what's the difference?
BR30 Flood Light
Here's a question I often get when it comes to replacing lamps in recessed lighting. What's the difference between R30 and BR30 flood light bulbs? It's a question that becomes less and less of an issue over time, but people still need to know the difference. This type of light bulb is a reflector flood, and that is what the R stands for in the code. The R30 is an old design for reflectors that aren't as energy efficient as something known as a BR30 reflector. The BR30 was designed to replace the older R30 because it could use less watts while still getting the kind of light output that people needed. Even though they are the same size in length and width, the reflector in a BR30 is more directed. It was simply a matter of creating something that uses less watts and produce less heat in this more efficient package. Both of these lamp types are interchangeable, so you don't have to worry about using one or the other. Most of the time you don't have a choice, every manufacturer is using the more efficient BR30 flood light type. So if you have recessed lighting or track lighting in your home or commercial building, you can be assured that the BR30 will work fine in the applications you have. I know it's a small thing to talk about, but there's still a lot of confusion for people who don't know lighting very well. That's one of the problems with new energy-efficient standards that regularly come out, people aren't sure what they're getting and that it's equal to what they had before. It's a communication problem more than anything else. So I hope this helps clarify that there is a difference between these two types of bulbs, one is being phased out (R30) and being replaced by the more efficient type (BR30).