MR16 LED Bulbs with GU10 LED Bases
Browse the finest collection of MR16 LED light bulbs with GU10 LED bases only here at MrLighting. Multifaceted reflector (MR) bulbs were initially designed as halogen lamps and were originally used in slide projectors. MR16 bulbs feature the conventional flood shape with a wide lens that delivers a better spread of light over vast areas. Today, they are commonly used in landscape lighting, track lighting, and recessed lighting. These bulbs are extremely durable and they were meant to replace halogen MR16s because of their power efficiency and their ability to emit less heat.
Most consumers wish to replace their old MR bulbs but they are not sure if the bulbs are MR11 or MR16. If you find yourself in the same predicament, simply check the number that comes after "MR". It indicates the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch at the widest section. For example, MR16s are 16 eighths of an inch or approximately 2 inches in diameter. These bulbs feature bi-pin GU10 LED bases and are available in dimmable and non-dimmable options. They are easy to install and compatible with your existing fixtures.
Beam Angle & Color Temperature Options for MR16 LED Bulbs
Smaller and more accurate beam angles are normally used for accent and task lighting, while wider angles are more frequently used for more ambient lighting purposes. For MR16 LED bulbs, the beam angles include the following:
- Wide Flood: > 50º beam angle
- Flood: 36º beam angle
- Narrow Flood: 25º beam angle
- Spot: 15º beam angle
- Narrow Spot: <10º beam angle
Color temperature refers to how cold or warm light is perceived. It is measured in units called (K). A bulb that emits light perceived as yellowish white has a color temperature of about 2700K. As color temperature rises to 3000-3500K, light looks less yellow and more white. When the color temperature reaches 5000K or higher, the light emitted looks bluish white.
MR16 LEDs are available in a wider range of color temperatures than the halogen lamps that they were meant to replace. If you wish to retain the look of your existing halogen MR16s, the closest replacement would be a 3000 Kelvin bulb. For ambient lighting, we suggest using lower Kelvin bulbs, but for display and track lighting, we recommend fixtures with higher color temperatures. For landscape applications, it is advisable to use 2700-3000 Kelvin bulbs because they are soothing and offer a very natural tone.
Using MR16 LED Bulbs with High CRI
Color rendering index (CRI) is a quantitative measure that indicates the ability of a light source to accurately render colors in comparison to natural daylight. Fixtures with a CRI of 90 or higher are good at color rendering and useful for tasks that require the most precise color discrimination: art galleries, museums, and high-end retail. You may also use high CRI bulbs outside, although most landscape lighting doesn’t need it.
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