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Not a perfect 50W halogen replacement
on 6 November 2013
I ordered six of these LED lamps, as replacements for 50W halogens, to illuminate a kitchen area. The lamps appear well made, all six have equal brightness and colour temperature, suggesting good quality control. However, as halogen replacements I'm a little disappointed with these for the following reasons:
First, they're not by any means as bright as the 50W halogens that they replaced in my room. As I'm using six of these in a relatively small area, the difference is very noticeable. Illuminated surfaces are at least 30% darker in my case. This lamp is perhaps more suited to directional light applications than to a general space lighting one like mine.
Second, the lamps are 54mm long; 4mm longer than typical halogen GU10s. In my case they're installed in recessed ceiling fittings that accommodate 50mm lamps. These LEDs now protrude a couple of millimetres below the fitting.
Third, the metal bezel around the lamp is finished with high gloss white paint which makes it stand out a bit. With my white ceilings and off-white fittings it's just about acceptable, but if you've coloured fittings or fittings with a metal finish where the lamp is visible then it would be advisable to get just one of these initially to see if you can live with their appearance.