Sylvania BriteSpot ES50 - Metal Halide MR16

Illustrated here is an advanced prototype of the most compact metal halide reflector lamp ever made for general lighting applications. It is based on a radically new kind of arc tube to facilitate this ultra-compact development. The lamp is suitable for open fixtures, owing to the thick front lens which is clamped in place with an attractive brushed-aluminium retaining ring. The lens itself is lenticuled to ensure minimal colour variations across the beam.

In such a small lamp there is no room for an outer jacket, thus a bare arc tube is employed. The niobium seals of ceramic arc tubes oxidise rapidly in air, so quartz had to be re-introduced in this design. To ensure that the quartz arc tube delivers the same colour quality and stability as ceramic, a new metal halide dose chemistry was devised.

Ceramic lamps offer better colour stability partly because they run hotter, where the shape of the curve relating arc tube temperature and colour temperature is flatter. Quartz cannot endure such heat, and must operate in the cooler region which suffers large colour variations. However SLI's engineers developed a new dose chemistry which exhibits the same colour stability as ceramic, at lower temperatures, which quartz can stand (see the graph to the left).

This colour stability is maintained through life by preventing loss of sodium ions from the arc tube, effected by a positively charged hard glass shroud over the arc tube. The thermal balance in the lamp is critical to prevent oxidation of the molybdenum foil arc tube seals. The cap end seal runs cooler due to the heat-sinking nature of the cap, while the lens-end seal is made longer to reduce its temperature.
Manufacturer: SLI Lighting
Lamp Power: 39 Watts
Lamp Current: 0.53 Amps
Lamp Voltage: 95 Volts
Cap: GX10
Bulb Finish: Aluminised reflector Stippled Front Lens
Bulb Type: MR-51 MR-16 in eighths/inch
Diameter: 51.0 mm 2.0 inches
Length: 63.5 mm 2.5 inches
Electrodes: Solid thoriated tungsten
Atmosphere: Inner : Argon + Kr-85 Outer : Air
Lumens / Peak intensity 2,535 lm (in 60° beam) 2000 candelas
Luminous Efficacy: 65 lm/W (in 60° beam)
Colour Temperature & CRI: CCT: 3000K CRI: Ra=90
Chromaticity Co-ordinates: CCx: CCy:
Burning Position Cap up to beam horizontal
Rated Life: 6,000 hours to 50% survival
Factory: Tienen Belgium
Date of Manufacture: May 2003
Original / Present Value: TBD
References: 1) Sylvania Press Release, Tienen, May 2003.