People often get scared when I mention metal halide lighting just because they’ve not heard the term before.
However, it’s quite easily explained: A metal-halide lamp is an electric light that produces light by an electric arc through a gaseous mixture of vaporized mercury and metal halides.
Metal-halide lamps have high luminous efficacy of around 75 – 100 lumens per watt, which is about 3 to 5 times that of incandescent lights and produce an intense white light. Average Lamp life is about 10,000 to 20,000 hours. They require a thing called a ballast (either separate or integral) and warm-up period of several minutes to reach full light output.
OK so that’s the technical side dealt with. What it means for the shop or store owner is a stunning white or warm white light perfect for bringing out colour and therefore the very best choice for use in clothing stores or anywhere it’s important to show the true colour of products.
As well as being an excellent colour choice, it’s also extremely efficient and eco friendly, powerful and long lasting. You need far fewer of them when compared to other lighting options and pound for pound, euro for euro, or dollar for dollar it’s price to performance ratio is better than LED.
The most popular metal halide option is a 70 watt fixture although they are available in 20, 35, 70 or 150 watt versions and come in a multitude or different forms such as fixed or adjustable downlights, directional lights, surface, ceiling and wall mounted as well as track lights.
Ask us about metal halide lighting – you’ll be glad you did.