Replace your energy-guzzling halogens with energy-saving GU10 LED bulbs

My family opted to install GU10 four-inch recessed lighting fixtures to different places around the ceiling to offer accent, mood, and task lighting when we recently undertook a den renovation project.

My family opted to install GU10 four-inch recessed lighting fixtures to different places around the ceiling to offer accent, mood, and task lighting when we recently undertook a den renovation project.

The aesthetics of the fixtures themselves, as well as the great intensity of the light output in such a small container, were two considerations that impacted our choice. These little lights have a brushed metal frame and give the space a pleasant, modern look. Ultimately, though, money was the most important factor in our choice. When compared to bigger, more traditional recessed lighting fixtures, the GU10 units are extremely affordable. This, along with the lights' attractive appearance and simplicity of installation, cemented the decision to choose GU10 fittings for this project. Because they are self-anchored between the top and bottom edges of the ceiling sheetrock, they do not need to be connected to any ceiling studs.

So we placed an order for six of these little light lights and began the installation process. We were all set after all of the lights were installed and the electrician finished his job. The lights offer enough light output for the space and, as an added benefit, they are housed in moveable bezels, allowing the homeowner to direct the light source in a broad range of motion for work illumination.

One of the lights went out around two months after we put it. After trying to inspect the bulb for indications of failure (burned or damaged lighting element), I discovered that seeing behind the lens cover of the light was very difficult; nevertheless, I could not envision a bulb failure after such a short period. So I left it at that and forgot about it for a few days until I realized another light had gone black the next time I went to switch on the den lights. I decided to get the electrician out to examine the circuit after performing the same cursory examination I had done on the first failed fixture.

After just two months of service, the circuit tested out OK, and we were left with two $6 dead bulbs. At this rate, I reasoned, whatever money I'd saved on the GU10 halogen lights would very certainly be wasted in bulb replacement expenses. The electrician then informed me of the existence of extremely long-life, ultra-efficient LED lights, which were intended to replace the quickly failing halogen GU10 bulbs I had just seen die a premature (and costly) death.

To my amazement, I was able to locate a variety of LED-based GU10 replacement bulbs that met my requirements. I've had my first batch of these tiny marvels for 8 months now, and I must say, I'm pretty pleased. Not only do they produce clean, natural light (I'd swear it was an incandescent-based light source if I didn't know any differently), but I can detect a significant difference in the amount of heat emitted by the bulb.

I can put my palm right up to the fixture's face and just feel a little warm lens cover. The halogen-based GU10 bulbs, on the other hand, would cause a scorching burn after just a few seconds of contact.


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