Illumicare Develops Innovative IP68 Rated LED PAR 36 Lamps for the Landscape Lighting Industry
Illumicare Group Limited, a manufacturer of high-performance outdoor LED lighting technology for the landscape lighting industry, introduced its full line of watertight IP68 rated LED PAR 36 lamps today. Specifically designed for recessed outdoor lighting applications, in which the lamp is fully exposed to weather conditions and landscape debris, Illumicare’s PAR 36 LED lamps offer unmatched light output and operating temperatures well below the heat specifications of most current leading LED chips, even when sealed inside weatherproof fixtures.
Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are an international standard used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies, most commonly dirt, plant debris and moisture. In a residential or commercial landscape, where PAR lamps must withstand the corrosive forces of soil and water, an IP68 rating ensures total protection against dust ingress and continuous immersion in water up to 1 meter (3 feet) – similar to pool or pond lights.
In landscape lighting designs, open air well or recessed lights typically house high-powered bulbs, which are positioned flush with the ground to illuminate tall trees and other large architectural structures. The main benefit of open well-type fixtures is the opportunity to exhaust heat from traditional halogen lamps to manage operating temperatures and prevent fires. However, the exhaust vents that allow the heat to escape also allow water and other materials to accumulate in the well, causing dangerous over-heating and catastrophic failures in most LED PAR 36 lamps.
Illumicare’s new PAR36 lamps operate below 40°C (104°F), and will be offered in 3 LED (5W), 5 LED (9W) and 7 LED (13W) designs producing between 250 and 800 lumens. Each design will offer three beam spreads – 15° (Spot), 30° (Narrow Flood) and 45° (Flood) – in a 3000 Kelvin (halogen equivalent) color temperature. All of Illumicare’s IP68 Rated PAR36 lamps carry a 4-year warranty and a 40,000-hour service rating.
“We calculate that our new PAR36 lamps will provide end users with 100 times the lifespan of a traditional PAR 36 bulb and will save them at least $500 in bulb replacement costs over its service life,” said Bob Golden, Senior Manager of Illumicare Group Limited. “The new lamps will also dramatically decrease homeowner energy usage and help contractors sell more landscape lighting by promoting sustainable energy-saving lighting systems.”
Illumicare’s PAR 36 LED lamp offers the same features as its popular MR16 and miniatures lamps, including:
- Easy drop-in replacement of inefficient halogen and incandescent lamps
- Color temperatures to enhance plant materials and provide a natural ambiance
- Fully-sealed, extruded aluminum housing to protect LED chips from moisture damage
- Epoxy potting for total LED driver protection against moisture and corrosion
For more information about Illumicare’s PAR 36 LED lamps, visit http://store.illumicaregroup.com.
About Illumicare Group Limited
Illumicare Group Limited is a privately held LED research and development firm. For over 15 years, Illumicare’s lighting professionals have specialized in developing and supplying high-efficiency lighting for outdoor use. Illumicare Group Limited designs low voltage lighting products that reduce energy, operational costs and system maintenance while delivering high quality, low-voltage outdoor illumination. For more information about Illumicare Group Limited’s landscape lighting LED lamps, visit: https://www.illumicaregroup.com or call (866) 277-2934.