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4 Reasons to Replace Your MR16 Halogen With LED

May 25th 2017


4 Reasons To Replace MR16 Halogen Light Bulbs With LEDs TodayWhen it comes to choosing the right light bulbs for your facility, making the right decision comes down to what you and your company values the most—for example: Do you care more about saving money immediately or over time? And how big of a part does the environmental impact of your choice play into your decision?


There is a lot to consider before purchasing new light fixtures. Sometimes the decision is easy to make, like when one option is superior to the rest in every way or when there is a better light option for every drawback one particular light option has. In this article we’re going to discuss the disadvantages of MR16s and why LED is the best light option every time.

MR16s are perfect for directional light applications and MR16s deliver bright light that is nearly identical to natural sunlight; however, there are other light options that can do everything MR16s can do without the drawbacks.

1. MR16s Get Really Hot

One drawback of MR16 halogen light bulbs is they get really hot. Inside each MR16 lamp, there is a filament capsule that can get as hot as 500-degrees Fahrenheit. This can be dangerous if the capsule comes into contact with a person’s skin or flammable materials. Touching a hot MR16 bulb can result in severe burns. Furthermore, MR16 light bulbs give off a lot of heat and it can be uncomfortable to stand or sit near halogen light bulbs for an extended period of time. The extra heat can also affect room temperatures and air conditioning costs.

2. You Can Never Touch MR16 Light Bulbs

You might think that you can touch an MR16 light bulb if it’s turned off, but you can’t. The oils on your fingers will remain on the MR16 bulb and heat up once the bulb is turn on. Then, the oil will cause an imbalance and result in a rupture of the bulb. This shortens the lifespan of the bulb.

3. MR16s Don’t Last a Long Time

The average lifespan of an MR16 light bulb is 2,000 hours. If an MR16 light bulb is left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, then it would last for approximately 6 months before it would need replacing. Changing light bulbs every 6 months is expensive and time-consuming.

4. MR16s Aren’t The Safest Option

With MR16 light bulbs, there is always a safety risk. Whether the risk is getting severely burned from touching a hot light bulb or the light bulb exploding – it’s difficult to endure the continuous risk of danger. We cannot overlook the advantages of MR16 light bulbs, such as: directional lighting, low costs, zero mercury, and instant on. But, LEDs have all of these features without the drawbacks that MR16s have.

Replace MR16 Halogen Light Bulbs With MR16 LED Light Bulbs

MR16 LED light bulbs consume 50% less power than MR16 Halogen bulbs and can function up to 100,000 hours. Compared to the 2,000 to 6,000 hour lifetime of a MR16 Halogen bulb, the installation of MR16 LED light bulbs eliminate the need for constant bulb replacement and require less maintenance over time.

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Visit Superior Lighting’s website today to view our entire collection of MR16 Halogen and LED lighting options. Reach out to our team with any questions or comments by calling 1-800-545-7778 or fill out our online contact form.

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