asked this on March 21, 2011 03:49 pm
Is there a particular reason that I would want to use Xenon lighting over Halogen, or vice-versa? Is one better than the other?
--- Originally posted by bigguy Aug 6, 2009 ---
I'm asking the same question. How can there be any difference. On one, the glass envelope is filled with a halogen family gas and the other is filled with xenon gas; both use tungsten filaments. How can the gas in the envelope determine how hot the filament gets? It may have an effect on the Kelvin temperature of the light at a given voltage, but that's it, at least as far as I know, which isn't much.When choosing xenon vs. fluorescent, there is a big heat difference with the fluorescent much lower. But what about having incandescent can lights in the ceiling and mixing that with fluorescent under the counter lights...is there an aesthetic conflict? Thanks.
--- Originally posted Aug 7, 2009 ---
So, I did a little internet research this morning trying to come up with THE answer for us between why Xenon or Halogen. Here is what I found:
Concerning your question about mixing incandescent general lighting and fluorescent task lighting/under cabinet lighting, yes there will be differences in color temperature. However, I am of the opinion that it is purely a personal choice. You may look at a kitchen like that and not like the color temperature differences and I may look at it and be just fine with it.If this is a concern of yours, then try to get warm white fluorescent lighting. However, warm white fluorescent will still not exactly match the warm color temperature of incandescent.I use fluorescent and incandescent lighting in my kitchen. I have fluorescent over cabinet lighting (an indirect light) for my general lighting with xenon under cabinet lighting for my task lighting. I am very happy with the results. In addition, I use cool white fluorescent for my over cabinet. I chose cool white because to the human eye a cooler color temperature actually seems brighter. I chose xenon under cabinet because I wanted to be able to dim the lights and I preferred the warmer color temperature under the cabinets.
Chris, your comment is pretty useful. we can learn a lot. thX!
Thanks Chris........... It's very informative!
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