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WAC Lighting Six Inch Metal Halide Recessed Lighting Trims and Housings

Metal Halide Downlights - Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Are your Metal Halide downlights U.L. listed?
    • Yes, they are U.L. & C.U.L. listed. You can find listed products at
  2. What is the best application for a downlight utilizing a metal halide lamp?
    • These downlights are best used in areas where high footcandle levels, long lamp life and crisp white light are desired. Specific applications can include areas with high ceilings and retail environments. Additionally, any installation where you are concerned with long term economy and maintenance is a good candidate for a MH downlight installation.
  3. Can these fixtures be installed in a gymnasium?
    • Although metal halide is used extensively in gyms, those fixtures are designed with wire cages to protect the lamps from being struck by a modern-fan-ball-ceiling-fan. Our down lights are for more subdued settings.
  4. Do any of the fixtures come with the bulbs (lamps) included?
    • No. Our metal halide downlights use lamps that are readily available in all electrical supply centers.
  5. Why are the lamps for metal halide so expensive compared to incandescent lamps?
    • In general, the longer the average life hours of the lamp the greater the initial cost.The average halogen incandescent Par lamp is rated 1500 hours. The average metal halide Par lamp is 12,000 hours.
  6. How do I choose between the different types of trims?
    • When you use a PAR lamp, the Step Baffle provides the cleanest aesthetics and the most diffused output. When you use an ED-17 lamp, the Open Reflector provides the best performance in terms of maximizing light output.
  7. How do I decide on which ballast I should use in my application?
    • Your two choices are either a magnetic ballast or electronic ballasted new construction housing. The electronic ballast is the most desirable because it offers higher efficiency, longer lamp life, and shorter strike and re-strike times. The magnetic ballasts offer a lower an initial outlay.

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