Next to the well-known light bulbs, these are the biggest “power eaters”. The efficiency factor (light output is (was) only imperceptibly better as the light bulb. Thereby the MR16 type is still often used as a halogen spotlight and could be replaced without any compromises by a LED. The energy saving would be 85%.
For further details to GU10 LED spotlights, please scroll down.
|Lamp Type||Light Output||Service Life|
|Light bulb||10 lm/W||ca. 1000 hours|
|Halogen lamp||15 - 25 lm/W||ca. 2000 hours|
|LED-Lamp||60 - 100 lm/W||ca. 25000 hours|
This table shows clearly that a change of halogen to LED makes sense. Even at a minor burning time the purchase will be redeemed within a year. For the use in hotels with a high burning time, the costs are already saved after 2 – 3 months most of the time.
While MR16 describes the type with a diameter of 50mm, they still differ in their connecting type and therefore also in their operating voltage.
For the direct connection to 230V the connecting type GU10 is used. This type follows the bayonet principle. The LEDON Spot MR16 type GU10 for example is pressed into the base and then turned. A change is no problem in general. GU10 can be recognized by their 10mm contact gap.
While halogen lamps could be dimmed without a problem, this is only possible with LEDON spots and other LED lamps that are explicitly marked as “dimmable”. With extra-low voltage you also have to pay attention to the electronic tranformator and that it’s dimmable as well. If this is ignored flickers and disturbances can occur with the transformer as well as the LED spot.
Most used places of LED GU10 spotlights:
Hotels, restaurants, offices and functional rooms. Basically everywhere where MR160 halogen spots are usually used. There is no reason to wait any longer.