Standard Halogen Replacement LED MR16 Light Bulbs

If you’re new to LEDs, switching to the Standard Halogen Replacement MR16 LED light bulb is a good place to start. These spotlights are a direct retrofit for the conventional halogen GU5.3 MR16 lamp, yet offer incredible savings as opposed to the traditional bulbs. They come in 4, 5 and 7 Watt (25, 35 and 50 watt equivalent), and offer a choice of either Warm White or Cool White colour temperatures.

Standard LED MR16 Light Bulbs Continued

Each lamp consists of three or four high-powered LEDs which are protected by a diffused cover. This lamp offers savings of up to 80% in energy usage and can last up to 30,000 hours.

Top 10 Reasons to Switch to LED - As Revealed by BLT Direct

Leading UK lighting retailer BLT Direct is urging the UK to make the switch to LED bulbs as part of this push, and has set out a list of 10 reasons why every Brit should get on-board the LED lighting bandwagon...

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New Additions Light Up BLT Direct LED MR16 Range

The UK’s leading lighting supplier has kicked off 2016 with two new additions to its range of LED MR16 bulbs. With a cheaper price tag and the same ultra-bright light output as its predecessors, the new EnLite LED bulbs from BLT Direct have...

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What Does Beam Angle Mean?

The beam angle of a lighting source is the angle between the two opposing points at which the light output from the light source drops to below 50% intensity. A simplified way of thinking about the beam angle of a light source is that it is the angle…

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What Are Lumens?

Lumens (Lm) are a new unit of comparison for types of light bulbs and other lighting products. The Lumen is going to be used in the lighting industry to describe lighting products with increasing frequency as the Watt slips out of use. Manufacturers …

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What Colour Temperature Do I Need?

Selecting the right colour temperature for you is a process which requires a degree of careful consideration. The colour temperature of a Light Bulb is a way of describing the colour of the light given off by the Light Bulb, and is measured in Kelvin…

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What Is An LED?

A LED is a semiconductor device which gives off light output when electricity is passed through it. LEDs are used in a range of Light Bulbs, and offer you a superbly efficient and low-energy way to illuminate your space. LEDs allow for a wide r…

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How Much Power Do LEDs Use?

The benefit of using LEDs to light your home, office or business is that LEDs will be able to provide you with a great level of efficiency. Compared to traditional Incandescent and halogen light bulbs, LED lighting is several times more efficient. A…

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Whats The Life On An LED Light Bulb?

As well as a high level of efficiency, LED light bulbs will be able to provide you with a fantastic lamp life. LED Light Bulbs will be able to offer you an extended lamp life which make them even greater value for the 'green' consumer who is looking …

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How Bright Are LED Light Bulbs?

LED (Light Emitting Diode) Light Bulbs will be able to offer you with a superb level of brightness. LED Light Bulb technology has developed over time so that a LED Light Bulb will be able to offer you an equivalent level of brightness to alternative …

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Can LEDs Save Me Money?

LED Light Bulbs will be able to offer you some truly amazing energy savings. An LED Light Bulb will be able to offer you a much greater level of efficiency than Halogen or Incandescent bulbs and also beats fluorescent lighting in this aspect. As such…

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Are LEDs Safe?

The introduction of LED Light Bulbs has heralded a number of concerns regarding the safety levels of LEDs. The consumer market has been naturally apprehensive of the new technology associated with LED Light Bulbs. Used correctly, you should be able t…

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Do LEDs Have A Warm Up Time?

LED Light Bulbs are described as being 'instant on', meaning that they will reach full brightness as soon as they are turned on. One of the major strengths of using LED technology to illuminate your environment is that they will be able to provide yo…

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Can I swap my Halogen MR16 light bulbs for LED versions?

Simple answer, yes. However it will take a bit of research. MR16s run on low voltage which means they require a transformer. Most transformers installed to work with halogens have a minimum wattage of 25 watts. The LED equivalents are generally…

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What Lumens do I need to replace a Halogen MR16?

Lumens is a universal scale for brightness of the light bulbs. The higher the Lumen number the brighter the light. In the past wattage has been the way of measuring light output for incandecent and halogen bulbs, so as long as you replaced your…

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What's the difference between a GU10 and MR16?

There are a few differences between them, firstly they have different cap/base types. The GU10 has a twist and lock mechanism while MR16s push straight in. Another difference is the voltage that they run on. GU10s run on 240v which is exactly the sa…

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Whats the difference between white, black and silver backed MR16 light bulbs?

They all radiate the heat away from the back of the bulbs. The choice of colour is purely cosmetic.

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LEDs

LED, or Light Emitting Diode is the term used to describe a semiconductor diode that emits light once an electrical current passes through it. In lighting, LED Light Bulbs are a leading energy saving alternative to conventional Halogen or Incandescent Lamps.

Lumens

Replacing wattage as the standard unit of brightness, Lumens is a new measure introduced with the arrival of energy saving and LED Light Bulbs. This was due to these types of bulbs being able to emit the same amount of light as conventional equivalents, with a greatly reduced power consumption.

Kelvin

Kelvin is a term used to describe the colour temperature, often displayed as just the letter K. Some common colour temperatures are 2700K, 3000K and 6500K, which relate to Very Warm White, Warm White and Daylight Light Bulbs.

SMD

An initialism for Surface Mounted Diode, SMD refers to mounted LED chips on PCB (Printed Circuit Board). Surface Mounted LED's were one of the first iterations of LED Light Bulbs.

Beam Angle

Beam Angle refers to the spread of light that comes from a spotlight style light bulb. The most popular beam angle is 36 degree (medium beam angle suitable for most purposes). Also available in spot (12-13 degree) and flood (60 degree).

We offer various beam angles in GU10, MR16 and PAR light bulb styles.

Colour Temperature

Colour temperature, sometimes refered to as CCT (correlated colour temperature), is simply a method of describing the colour characteristics of a light bulb. Colour temperatures range from low (warm/yellowish) type colours all the way up to high (white/bluish) light. 

Colour temperature is measured in "Kelvin" which is explained in more detail below. More information can be found on our colour temperatures example page.

Megaman

A UK based manufacturer founded in 1994, Megaman have quickly established themselves as a leading brand in the lighting industry. Their success started when they manufactured the world's first CFL GU10 Lamp in 2002.

Aurora

Aurora Lighting are a global manufacturer of energy saving and LED lighting solutions. Founded in 1999 their range of high quality branded products includes Downlights, LED Light Bulbs, LED Tubes, LED Panels and LED Light Fittings.

Base/Socket

A socket is a hollow object that is used to contain the light bulb base. Sockets are connected to the electrical supply to transfer the power to the base. There are many types of bases in circulation, some of the most popular include Bayonet, Screw In and GU10s.

Cool White

Cool White is the term used to describe light bulbs/fluorescent tubes that have a Kelvin rating of 4000-4500 Kelvin. Although this term is used for all types of light bulbs its official use is only for light bulbs with a CRI of 62.

Volt

Voltage is the measurement of electrical potential. The majority of light bulbs in the UK run on 220-240 volts.

It is important to keep in mind that some light fittings/light bulbs require a low voltage source, therefore a transformer would be required to "step" down the volts.

Brightness

Brightness is the term used to describe the effect of luminance on an observer. The maximum brightness is said to be found in Pure White whilst the minimum is expected to be found in Pure Black.

Instant Start

Instant Start is the term used to describe the instantaneous ignition of a light bulb. The term can be used in reference to Control Gear and LED Light Bulbs.

GX5.3/GU5.3

GU5.3 and GX5.3 caps are types of lamp base with two pins 5.3mm apart. Commonly found on MR16 Light Bulbs, these bases differ due to the GU5.3 cap having an indent on either side of the base. This indent means that only GU5.3 capped lamps can be used in GU5.3 lamp holders.

LED Driver

An LED Driver is designed to regulate the power to LED light bulbs. The difference between an LED Driver and conventional power supplies is that the LED Driver is continuously responds to the changing needs of the LED.