best way to choose the right MR16 LED lamp

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Have you determined to change your old halogen bulbs by LEDs to save energy
Then you have absolutely made the right choice!

 MR16 LED lamp
best way to choose the right MR16 LED lamp

MR16 LED lamps are very energy efficient as they consume fewer energy than standard halogen lamps for the same light output.

They also have long natural life, on average 10 to 20 times longer than halogen and incandescent bulbs.

By switching to LEDs, you can significantly reduce your energy bills by about 80% and quit the hassle of replacing your bulbs frequently!



Wattage to choose the correct wattage of your GU5.3
LED lamp, you want to divide the wattage of your actual halogen lamp by 5 to find the equivalent LED wattage. For all Philips LEDs, the halogen and LED wattage is shown in the ame of the product.

For example, Philips Master LED spot LV 10-50W is a 10W LED lamp, made to replace 50W halogen bulbs.

You can also choose the color temperature of your MR16 LED lamp:
827 is a very warm light used in common households 830 is a warm white light, often used in hotels or restaurants
840 is a cold white light used mainly in office or supermarket
Most halogen lamps that you are using now have a color temperature of 827.
Beam angle
GU5.3 MR16 LED lamps are available with different beam angles, according to which type of lighting you need:

24 degrees for a very narrow beam, used for accent lighting to enhance objects 36 degrees for a medium beam
60 degrees for a very wide beam, used for general lighting
The most commonly used MR16 LEDs have a beam angle of 36 degrees.



Dimming not every LED lamp is dimmable so you need to be a little careful if you would like to dim the light. Dimmable LEDs from Philips have the letter D in their name: for example

Philips LED spot LV D 7-35W is dimmable. In most of the cases:
The Philips Master LED range is dimmable and the Philips CorePro LED range is not dimmable. Dimmable LEDs are compatible with most dimmers on the market.
Installation

MR16 LEDs have a voltage of 12 volts and need to be used in combination with a transformer.
If you choose a LED with the same equivalent wattage as your current halogen lamp, you won't need to change your transformer, because LEDs are compatible with standard halogen transformers.

Simply replace your current halogen bulb by the LED to instantly start saving money on energy bills! However, if you would like to choose a LED with a higher wattage, you will most likely need to change your transformer as well.