- Why aren't these bulbs compatible with these lights?
Looking at buying some spot lights, I may not go for these exact ones, but they got me wondering why all GU10 lights and bulbs are not compatible.
Suitable for bulbs with energy rating C or D
“same look and size as halogen lamp”, but A+ rated
I can understand that maybe the light may not cope with the heat of an E rated bulb, but what’s the problem with fitting a lower energy rated one that’s the same voltage, same fitting and same physical size and that actually says it’s a replacement for 50w halogen?
Posted 4 years ago
What’s that all about?iain1775Member
In very basic terms the Transformer in the light fitting is too ‘powerful’ for the LED bulbs that draw a lot less power (5w compared to 50w)
You would have to replace the transformer with an LED driver or less ‘powerful’ one
This can be done in some instances, depending of the light fitting. I did it to all the spots in my kitchen and bathroom when converting to LED’s and also managed to swop one in a fancy light fitting in our hallway (which was a bit of a PITA as I had to find a suitable one that would fit inside the shell of the light fitting) but it might not be possible in that fitting
Some info in this article http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/28/led-lights-informationPosted 4 years agorwamartinMember
My reading of it is that the lamp is capable of dealing with a high heat output from C and D rated lights. To fit an LED bulb would not be a problem as it doesn’t generate the heat that halogens do.
The only issues I’ve had with replacing bulbs with LEDs is when I’ve had lamps designed for compact fluorescent bulbs which are longer than a standard GU10. This doesn’t appear to be the situation in this case.
Rich.Posted 4 years ago
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