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LED spotlight bulbs... "I've tried them and didn't like them"
|Too much power
Too small body/heat-dissipation 'heatsink'
Short life and LEDs will lose brightness faster
(firms do this because cheap LEDs aren't bright enough)
|1 LED is not usually enough
A spotlight with 1 LED will not be as bright as a spotlight of the same total power consumption which has three or four LEDs. (This is not the same as one 'array' which contains many LEDs like our COB bulbs. What does COB LED mean? It means chip-on-board).
Adding lots more power to one LED won't give an equal increase in light, and it would probably shorten its life.
|Beware cheap LEDs. Who made the LEDs? Don't pay for a bulb which might only have cost pennies to
make and won't be as bright (or last as long) as a top-quality product.
Cree LEDs can give excellent colour and brightness and have long life in a well-designed bulb..
Other good '2nd tier' LED brands include Samsung, LG and Epistar. If you've never heard of the LED brand phone us for our opinion on their quality and brightness.
|Not all 'Cree' LED spotlights are the same
Cree LEDs have a global reputation, so some companies use the Cree logo when not all of the LED and its mounting are made and assembled by Cree. Cree can sell parts or the whole assembly. If it's ALL Cree it's generally more reliable; often brighter too!
|"30 degree beam"
Narrow beam = dark areas in the room.
Most halogen bulbs have a wide beam but many LEDs have a very narrow beam eg 25 degrees. This is a trick to make cheap low-efficiency LEDs look brighter but as soon as you try to light a wall or coffee table the beam is much too narrow.
|Beam colour not specified often means chilly blue-caste such as colour 5000k, 6000k or 6500k.
LEDs are brighter in cool-daylight (blueish) colour. Many cheap LED bulbs are left very blue to generate enough light to justify selling them. But very few customers like cool-daylight colour which ruins the look of decor!
We can create LED bulbs with almost any warm colour!
|Remember these glass LED bulbs?
LEDs need to get rid of heat fast or they become dim and eventually fail. Glass won't conduct heat like metal will (something to do with 'free-electrons'!).
Also those LEDs are a type hardly used now (better suited to blinking on the front of your hifi than lighting a room).