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Too dark for me, mood lighting only
on 25 October 2012
This review serves as a summary of 6 type of GU10 LED bulbs I have tested. I first started testing LED bulbs in June 2011 when I bought 4 types of LED bulbs. Then in October 2012 I bought 2 more types. I found the more recent purchases to provide better amounts of light, probably due to them being designed with the flat style LED squares rather than the older LED style with multiple bobble style LEDs which protrude from the unit. In practice people will need and expect different things from their bulbs and opinions will vary depending on an individual room set up, how close bulbs are to one anotehr, ceiling height, furniture etc. Hopefully this review serves to help some people out there. The main thing I have realised is that in just over a year, the price of some decent bulbs is much less and there are some fairly decent contenders out there to compete with normal GU10 bulbs. I have not experienced these bulbs over a long period yet to check their durability but most I believe come with some form of warranty.
My two favourite bulbs are made by the long life lamp company. I recommend both! Both bulbs are retailing @ £6.29 each (Oct 2012).
I found these bulbs produce a bright amount of light, one more white and clinical than the other but do not create much of a shadow outside its range of lighting, unlike some other bulbs I have tried.
First up is the Long Life Lamp Company 5W Super Bright LED with New Chip Technology, Warm White
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006UR5IUY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A11XEBUJSDP4OW (5 star). Warm white can look more harsh and less yellow than the ordinary GU10 bulbs when side by side but when on its own you quickly get used to it and it is certainly a lot warmer than the pure white version below. I am happily using the warm white in bedroom and lounge and will probably buy some more to add to the hallway when my old bulbs die. This produces a decent level of brightness, ie enough to read a book in but not too bright that it cannot be used in a room where you normally sit and relax.
Second is the 5W LED Super Bright Pure White with New SMD Chip Technology
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007DIJDVE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A11XEBUJSDP4OW (5 star). This is also made by Long Life Lamp Company. Pure white is being used in the kitchen and bathrooms where you need good clarity. Although this is a very bright and almost clinical it creates a very good level of brightness. It does not offer the same level of highly focussed light on the surfaces directly below it that you get with normal GU10 bulbs but it makes the room very bright.
If you prefer a yellower light, more light standard 50W GU10s I can recommend the Interlux 5W - 24 square LED http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004KRB7XS/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00 (4 star). I still use one of these in the kitchen and it is a very good contender against The Super Bright LED Warm White above. This is a warmer white than the Super Bright so it gives a yellower, well dispersed light, not much shadow creation, not massively bright under beam, almost same as normal GU10 50W.
If you are looking for a good spot light for real clarity, the only LED bulb I have found to date to replicate this good level of brightness and well focussed light on a worktop is the Kosnic 5W - 5 LED spotlight with silver surround http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0041RBJSU/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00 (4 star). I use this in the kitchen. It is a warm white, very bright but generates quite a narrow / focussed beam with slight shadow outside the area. Like a very strong spot light, good light for food preparation etc. The reason I don't give this one 5 stars is it does generate shadow outside its spotlight beam, if this did not occur it would be 5 star.
The next two lights are not really recommended so avoid if you are looking for a bulb to keep a room bright! Eveready GU10 3W - 30 LED http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002TWPH96/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 (2 star) I use these in the Hall & Bedroom. This is the older style LED light with 30 leds poking out. With only 3W it gives off a warm not overly bright light. I would describe this as mood lighting and not sufficient on its own for a room. You need to mix up some stronger lights otherwise it is too dark. This was my first foray into 3W and from experience I would not recommend anything less than 5W.
Long Life Lamp Company 6W - 80 LED http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003DVFH8I/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00 (1 star) Despite being 6W I found this very dissapointing with little light production. I have a couple of these as spot lights in the corner of the Lounge to create mood lighting. It gives off a warm white, not very bright, definitetly not enough for a kitchen or for reading. It has quite a narrow light dispersion so needs to be used in conjunction with other brighter bulbs.