# What does PAR30 mean in lighting?

## What does PAR30 mean in lighting?

Parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR)
What are PAR30 Bulbs? Parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) 30 bulbs control light more precisely. They produce about four times the concentrated light intensity of general service A shape incandescents, and are used in recessed and track lighting.

## What are PAR30 bulbs used for?

PAR30 bulbs are ideal for track lighting fixtures and recessed can applications. PAR30 bulbs are great for larger rooms where multiple light fixtures are being used. Short neck PAR30 bulbs are more common for tracking lighting while long neck PAR30 bulbs are useful for recessed cans.

What is the difference between PAR38 and PAR30?

PAR = Parabolic Aluminized Reflector, 38 = thirty-eight eighths of an inch, or 38*1/8″=4.75″. 30 = thirty eighths of an inch, or 30*1/8″=3.75″. As you can see, PAR38 has a larger diameter than a PAR30 bulb or can.

### What does PAR in lighting mean?

parabolic aluminized reflector
PAR stands for “parabolic aluminized reflector.” These bulbs have a lamp, reflector, and pressed lens inside the lamp to provide directional lighting. They have a shorter body than BR light bulbs with a bowl shape. PAR light bulbs have soft light, but with a more defined edge than BR bulbs.

### What is difference between BR30 and PAR38?

Size comparison of PAR vs BR floodlights The number represents increments of an 8th of an inch. For example, a BR30 is 30/8ths of an inch or 30 divided by 8 which equals 3.75″ in diameter. The same example applies to a PAR38. Divide 38/8ths of an inch or 38 divided by 8 which equals 4.75″ in diameter.

What is the difference between PAR 30 and PAR 40?

A BR40 is 40/8″ inch wide, or 5″ wide. About the same size and will fit in the same fixtures. The PAR30 bulb on the other hand is a considerably smaller 30/8″ wide, or 3 3/4″ wide, which is too small to fill the larger 6″+ cans used for BR40 or PAR38 bulbs.