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Does the Size of My GU10 LED Bulbs Matter?

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 330

This is a question many customers often find themselves asking and the truth is, regardless of what a retailer may promise, you will find some variation in size between traditional GU10 halogens and low energy GU10 LED. While the difference may not be much, even a slightly longer bulb can create problems for people who are using recessed ceiling lights, so it is always important to ensure a bulb fits before you buy.

Unfortunately there is no standard to GU10 design, but you will find that most traditional halogen bulbs measure about 53mm in height and 50mm in diameter across their circular front face.

Generally speaking the diameter of a GU10 LED is the same, but the length can vary considerably. Some can measure as much as 65 or even 67mm in length. The reason for this is that they require the addition of an LED driver which is housed inside their base and inevitably makes them slightly longer.

If you are working with an exposed lighting system, such as suspended spotlights or track lights, then you shouldn't have any problems regardless of the length. However, if you have recessed ceiling fittings or a track light system with cowl fittings you will need to confirm whether or not there is enough space inside the fitting to accommodate the bulb.

The simple and easy way to do this is to check the product specifications. The height and diameter of a bulb should always be clearly stated on the product page and if it isn't we recommend getting in contact with the retailer. Compare these sizes with those of your fitting, which can either be obtained from the manufacturer or by physically measuring it yourself with a tape measure.

What you will find with most recessed fittings is that there is sometimes enough excess space to accommodate a slightly larger bulb, but it is always best to be absolutely certain.

By following these simple steps before making a purchase you will avoid the hassle of having to return and replace bulbs that do not fit. You will also ensure that you are running your LED lighting at a minimal cost with maximum effect as soon as possible.

Always remember, if you are using recessed ceiling fittings to make sure they are fire rated. In the event of a fire they will stop heat, smoke and flame from entering into your ceiling cavities and spreading to other areas of your home.

Peter Jenny is an experienced writer with a Masters Degree in Operations Management. Peter has a wealth of experience in the lighting industry and is keen to share his knowledge about upcoming products and new discussions around LED lighting. He is currently working as a Content Manager at Wholesale LED Lights, UK.

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