We have 50w halogen down lights in our house. I really like the brightness and spectrum/colour they give off. What I don't like is each one burns 50w + another 5- 10w or so for the transformer. Each one giving off a good 45w of heat is another issue I don't like bad in summer and a fire danger in general.
I have tried GU10 fittings with a CFL globe but the light output,start-up time and spectrum are all rubbish.
I was at a nice restaurant the other day and noticed in there bathroom they had a very bright down lights that also had a warm tone. On closer inspection i could see they were LED.
I did a bit of research online and came to the conclusion that a 9w led would be a 1-1 replacement for my 50w halogen. I ordered 6 9w - 3x3w GU10 style 240v LED's online and converted my down light fittings to GU10 so i could do away with the transformer losses. The leds were about $14 each. I installed the 6 leds. Two in the kitchen. Two above the dining table and one in the passage and lounge room. This covers the main lighting we use 90% in out house. I was disappointed with the light output.The light spectrum wasn't bad they had a warm colour but the brightness was only 1/2 that of a 50w halogen.
This is what I purchased. I am now using them to replace the 6 - 50w halogens in My home theatre room.They are fine for this room so are not going to wast. its a shame they don't have the balls for the main living areas I intended to use them for.
Beam Angle: 60 Degree- (Same as my halogens)
After doing some more research it seams a 50w halogen is around 900 - 1000lm.I would say the led's I have would be closer to 500lms as they only feel 1/2 as bright.
My question is are there any true LED 50w halogen replacement globes that have the balls to be a true 1-1 replacement? I am starting to think 900lm minimum perhaps 15w led. Or perhaps just better quality globe?