PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

In the past few articles within this LED home lighting series, we have reviewed different uses of LED type of lighting for typically the most common type of light bulb used in homes in Canada and the United States, the A19 bulb.

Having replaced most of the A19 light bulbs, CFL and incandescent, in our home with the EcoSmart 9 Watt (8.6 Watts to be more precise) LED light bulb we were now ready to tackle the second most common light bulb in our home, the PAR 20.

Here is a picture of Home Depot’s A19 LED light bulb (on the fight) compared to an incandescent (i.e. old fashioned) A19 light bulb:

A19 LED vs Incandescent Light Bulb2 PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

Now, here is a picture of a PAR 20 type of light bulb, with the 50 Watt incandescent version on the right and an LED version on the Left (I am withholding the wattage of the LED version for a little bit later … you will see why … patience icon smile PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home ):

PAR 20 LED Light Bulb PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

Here is another picture of these same two light bulbs from the back so you can better see their shape:

PAR 20 LED vs Incandescent Light Bulbs PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

Where are PAR 20 light bulbs used? Well they are typically used in recessed ceiling lighting fixtures; by recessed lighting fixtures I am referring to lighting fixtures which are inside the ceiling, also known as pot lights because the container they are installed into are in the shape of pots.

Recessed Pot Ceiling Lights in Bathroom PAR 20 LED Lighting For The Home

The picture above shows three of four of the 50 Watt PAR 20 recessed lighting in the ceiling of a bathroom in our home.

Now, when we renovated our home 3 years ago and wanted to install these recessed or pot lights, LED lights for the home were not affordable. So our contractor suggested we go with the mini-pot lighting fixtures; ‘mini’ because they are smaller than ‘typical’ pot lights.

The PAR 20 light bulbs are pretty small, only 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.  The above pictured A19 is 4.5 inches tall.

Now, because the PAR 20 pot lighting fixture is pretty small, there are not that many different varieties around. While I am sure they exist, we could not find an A19 CFL light bulb.

So, I was pretty nervous ordering on-line a PAR 20 because quite frankly the 50 Watt Philips incandescent light bulbs we were using in those pot lights didn’t have ‘PAR 20′ printed on them. So I simply went by the measurements.

The EcoSmart LED product line does have a PAR 20. However, I did not like its appearance; I did not like the plastic which still would be visible once the light was installed in our pot light fixtures; personal preference. Here is a picture of the EcoSmart LED PAR 20 light bulb taken from

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So, with my extreme focus on the size and the appearance of the PAR 20, I did not order the EcoSmart PAR 20 LED light bulb pictured immediately above. Rather, I chose the one in the earlier pictures in this article which looked just like the 50 Watt incandescent light bulbs we already had in place.

How did it work? Did it fit the existing recessed pot lighting fixtures? Did it provide sufficient brightness and lighting? Did I make the right decision?

To continue to the next article in our home LED lighting series, simply select this link to where we discuss and show usage of these 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulbs in our home.

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