Upgrading MR16 halogen Pot lights to LED

Upgrading MR16 halogen Pot lights to LED

MR16 LED Pot Lights

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Are you considering upgrading MR16 halogen pot lights (also known as recessed lights or downlights) to LED?We will give you a few tips on how to make this process easier for you.

Where to start?

1. Identify which type of halogen MR16 bulb you currently have in place.

Those come in three types:

 GU10 MR16

 Screw in MR16

Screw in MR16

All these three types of light bulbs produce the same amount of light depending on Wattage.

But the most important differentiator and (and the reason Two Pin MR16 light bulbs were so widely used in the past) is that inside the fixture there was a transformer that converted 120V to 12V. And this was fantastic in the “halogen days” because it made the bulb last longer. Nowadays this technology is no longer relevant and actually inconvenient.

This is why we suggest telling your electrician to remove the transformer from your can light (pot light) and installing a new GU10 socket (directly connected to the line voltage) with new the GU10 Mr16 light bulb.

This will be save you money in the long run.

First of all you will save on the cost of replacing transformers (and electrical service work).

In addition, it is a lot harder for dimmers to work with LED light bulbs when there is a transformer in the circuit.

Please contact us for more information.

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