Cheap LEDs: buyer beware

Cheap LEDs: buyer beware

Potentially fatal LED lamps have been seized at UK borders as authorities try to protect consumers from hazardous products. Emma-Lily Pendleton reports on the real cost of cheap LEDs.

Osram's bestselling GU10 lamp

Osram's bestselling GU10 lamp

For spotlighting heat-sensitive products – and for general spotlighting, display cabinets and exhibition areas – Osram’s bestselling GU10 retrofit lamp is the Parathom Par 16 50 36° ADV. The lamp comes in three flavours of white: 2700, 3000 and 4000K. It is also dimmable, has an expected life of 25,000 hours and a five-year guarantee. Energy consumption is 5.3W and Osram says the lamp is less likely to be incompatible than traditional low-voltage MR16s.

Light in its purest form from Sylvania

Light in its purest form from Sylvania

Sylvania has expanded its LED product range with the RefLED+ ES50 V2 360 lm retrofit GU10 lamp. The device is shallow, with a full diameter, faceted lens. This maintains the traditional lamp aesthetic, but the full front face lens with no visible heatsink from the front also makes it suitable for use with any colour downlight. The lamp has been designed with Sylvania’s PureForm ethos at its heart. It has a shape consistent with the traditional lamp to ensure it can be physically retrofitted to any fitting. Non-dimmable and dimmable versions are available, consuming 5 and 5.5W respectively.

Twice as bright and lasts just as long

Twice as bright and lasts just as long

Verbatim has launched a range of professional PAR16 LED retrofit lamps with a GU10 base with an output of up to 660lm – almost twice as bright as a standard 50W halogen spot lamp. The products have an advanced heatsink design for effective heat dissipation. This, along with improved airflow and the latest chip-on-board technology, means the lamps can be driven harder without overheating and last for up to 40,000 hours. Single focus diamond cut optics that allow light to be dispersed in a defined manner, avoiding glare, stray light and hotspots associated with many competing products.