Everything You Need To Know About GU10 LED Light Bulbs
Often referred to as a “replacement bulb”, the GU10 LED bulb is designed to retrofit perfectly into your existing light fittings, so switching to LED lighting for your home or business won’t entail any costly wall or ceiling light changes.
This means you’ll simply take out your current, wasteful halogen GU10 and pop the new LED bulb neatly into place.
Switch To GU10 LEDs
Many people believe that switching to LED lighting will be incredibly expensive, however, in line with the constant refinements and improvements to the technology that have taken place over the last few years, demand for the products has increased and their cost has fallen.
Falling Prices/Better Quality
Indeed, you’ll find that a Dimmable 4W GU10 LED Bulb that would have set you back between £16 and £30 just six years ago, now retails for around £6.00.
Without being aware of the amount of money they could be saving by switching to GU10 LED bulbs, it's easy to see why someone might go for the cheaper option and choose a halogen bulb for £1.50 instead of its LED replacement at £6.00.
It must be borne in mind that GU10 LED bulbs have an enormously extended life-expectancy in comparison with the 1,200 hours of the halogen bulbs they’re designed to replace. Indeed, their 50,000 hour lifespan means they’ll outlast their halogen counterparts more than 41 times over!
However, when the cost of running both bulbs side-by-side over a prolonged period of time is added into the equation, the results look very different, as this simple, hypothetical scenario will illustrate:
- Assume an electricity charge of 9.806 pence per kW/h.
- Replace one 50W traditional Halogen GU10 Bulb with the aforementioned Dimmable 4W GU10 LED.
- Run both types of bulb for 24 hours a day, for the full lifespan of the GU10 LED, which is 50,000 hours = 2083 days or 5.70 years.
- In that time, the 50W Halogen GU10 Bulb uses 2499.60 kW/h and costs £245.11 in electricity.
- In that time, the 4W GU10 LED Bulb uses 199.97 kW/h and costs £19.61 in electricity.
- Factor in the replacement costs of each bulb over the lifetime of the GU10 LED Bulb:
- GU10 LED Bulb x 1 = £6.00;
- GU10 Halogen Bulb x 41.66 = £62.49.
Therefore, the Lifetime Cost of the GU10 LED bulb would be £25.61 in comparison with the £307.60 incurred by the GU10 Halogen bulb, a saving of £281.99.
As stated, this is merely a hypothetical exercise, but it does show quite effectively the disparity between the two types of bulb, energy and cost-wise.
Quite aside from LED GU10 bulbs’ amazing money-saving potential is their versatility and the fact that they’ll enable you to tailor the lighting ambience of your room or area according to its function, or to your express requirements.
Available in a choice of three colour temperatures, the cool white (6000K) is best suited to functional rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen; its light being bright, clinical and excellent for task-centred activities such as personal grooming and cooking.
Warm white (3000K) is a mellow, convivial type of light that many people choose for their living spaces like the lounge or the bedroom.
Home offices and studios have traditionally been the domain of the daylight white (4000K) option, as it’s the closest of the three to naturally-occurring light, although, as with the other two, the choice of application is yours to make.
The GU10 LED will replace your similarly-capped halogen bulbs in a wide variety of light fittings so, if you do decide to renovate your home, you’ll find a multitude of applications for which they’re perfectly suited.
For instance, there’s a whole swathe of GU10 LED-compatible downlights and fittings into which they can be placed. These include Short Can Downlights for suspended ceilings in which recess space is at a premium, and Showerlights whose name says it all!
The majority of our LED ceiling spotlights are also perfectly compatible with the GU10 bulb fitting, and there’s a vast array of those to choose from as well.
They’re great when used as spotlight bulbs, as they’re available in a choice of beam angles to enable you to achieve exactly the light placement you’re looking for.
Thus, for a fairly wide light dispersal, you’ll go for a Dimmable GU10, 27 SMD as it has a 120° beam angle, whereas more pinpoint accuracy will be achieved with the 38 degrees of the Dimmable GU10 LED 7W COB bulb.
Should you wish to find out more about the GU10 LED light bulb, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our customer service department on 0116 321 4120 or send us an e-mail enquiry to email@example.com.