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LED GU10 Bulbs: Comparing with MR16s & Halogens
GU10 v MR16
Both types of bulb are widely used in residential and commercial applications to create downlights and spotlights. MR16s are quite popular and look pretty similar to the GU10s. However, there are a few differences that you should take into consideration before making a purchase.
|Size and shape||Are slightly taller with ready to plug-in base.||Are bulkier and have a different socket with a multi-faceted reflector.|
|Efficiency||Ready to be used right out of the box and energy-efficient.||Need a transformer to change the main 240 voltage supply to 12 volts.|
|Colour temperatures||These bulbs are available in CCT between warm white 2700K and daylight 5000K||Depending on the manufacturer and type of the lamp, the CCT can be between 2800K and 3200K|
|Price differences||More expensive but with better energy saving.||Although they’re relatively cheap, you need to consider the cost of the transformer.|
|Common usage||Used when bright directional light with a focused beam angle is needed.||Used when downlighters or a precise centre beam are needed.|
LED v Halogens
Halogen GU10’s are largely now replaced by LED due to the reduction in cost of LED technology and the general ban on Halogen supply.
|Size and shape||
|Fire Rating||GU10s bulbs do not have a fire rating. To gain fire rating with a GU10, use a downlight.||Halogen bulbs do not have a fire rating on their own and require a downlight to achieve this.|
|Wattages||Several options are available but mainly 3 to 9 Watt.||Wide variety from 20 up to 75 watts.|
|Efficiency||More energy and cost-efficient. The bulb uses about 5 watts for the light output.||To get the same light output, the bulb will use about 50 watts.|
|Colour Temperatures||A wide range from 2700K warm white to 6500K daylight white.||Between 2700K and 3000K.|
|Price||The average cost is higher, but GU10s generally last between 15,000 and 25,000 hrs for domestic use and over 40,000 hrs for commercial applications.||An average halogen bulb can cost under £1 but is only expected to work for up to 1500 hours.|
Further Help & Advice
Choosing the best LED GU10’s by colour
Choosing the best LED GU10’s by Wattage
Selecting the best halogen GU10 spotlight replacements.
Philips Lighting – Our most popular Philips GU10 LEDs
Osram Lighting – Our most popular Osram GU10 LEDs.
Sylvania Lighting – Our most popular Sylvania GU10 LEDs.
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