LED manufacturers rush to replace halogen

The market for LED halogen replacements is hotting up, with a number of lighting and electronics suppliers launching GU10 and MR16 replacements.

Panasonic has launched a 7W lamp designed to match a 50W halogen, saving around 85 per cent in energy consumption. This follows the Japanese company’s recent entry into the European lighting market.

‘We are seeing increased demand for LED lamps in the UK due to the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs and consumers becoming more environmentally and cost conscious,’ said Ben Holmes, LED product manager at Panasonic UK.

Another Japanese industrial giant making waves in the lighting industry is Maxell, part of the Hitachi Group. It has launched a range of replacement LED lamps, including 4 and 5W GU10s with a 60-degree beam angle. Verbatim, part of the Mitsubishi, has also taken the plunge, launching new 6 and 8.5W LEDs to replace 35 and 50W halogens.

In the UK, Aurora is also raising the stakes in the LED game with its new LEDchroic GU10 product, which uses a specially designed lens to minimise glare and give the appearance of a standard dichroic halogen lamp.  The lamp is available in 5W and 7W versions, with a beam angle of 38 degrees.

Meanwhile Carbon8Lighting has entered the domestic lighting market with its own range of GU10 replacements, saying that it held back from launching products like these until it felt it could offer ‘a class-leading solution’. The lamps use chip-on-board technology combined with a clear multifaceted lens to mimic a traditional halogen fitting.