MR16 LED lights have many advantages over regular bulbs, mainly that they require a fraction of the power. However, there are a few issues and questions that often come up which I want to cover in this article. To start off, you want to make sure that the brightness and direction are right for your application. Some MR16 LED bulbs are much dimmer compared to a 50W halogen or they concentrate all the light in one spot. This might be fine for some applications and not useful at all for others.
I would recommend looking for the MR16 LED bulbs that have one very bright LED in the centre with a diffraction lens to spread the light out evenly. In my opinion, this looks even better than the regular halogen bulbs do.
Warm up time is actually not an issue for MR16 LED bulbs, unlike CFL MR16 bulbs. LED lights will turn on instantly, which is a particularly important for kitchen spots lights or other situations where you need to see clearly what you are doing. This is normally the reason why people buy LED lighting – they offer very good lighting instantly with just 3.6W of power usage.
For example, if your kitchen uses 8 halogen bulbs, then they’ll be eating through 400W of electricity for a good few hours each day. In the case of most houses, this is by far the number one energy consuming product and makes a real difference to the size of your bills. By investing in some LED bulbs you will be taking this right down to a mere 30W.
The next issue to be aware of is the color of the bulbs. One of the main criticisms for LED lighting in general is that they are too white and give a very ugly light. Make sure you read the color temperature specification on the packet.
When I’ve bought light bulbs in the past in general there are frequently ones that are duds. They don’t work right from the beginning. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to buy from a reputable company who will replace any bulbs that just won’t work. For an extra level of protection I like to buy using a credit card, so if there are any disputes I won’t have any trouble getting a refund.
One popular question is whether MR16 LED bulbs are dimmable or not. The answer is that again you need to look at the description on the packaging, as they vary. For example, it might read, “Non-dimmable when using a conventional dimmer switch”. However, as it suggests, it really depends on the dimmer you have. If you need it to dim then you could try buying 1 as a sample to test, or you can contact the specific manufacturer who are usually very helpful.