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Changing low energy GU10 zone A to halogen Gu10 Zone A

Postby Fawkner » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:56 pm


I have recently had an extension built, the extension is a new bigger kitchen.
I have divided the old small kitchen. One half is toilet / shower, the other half is a small utility room. In the new build I've had various low energy fittings / bulbs - ALL GOOD.

But....the low energy GU10 Zone A in the downstairs toilet / shower are too slow to start up. Guests frequently use the downstairs toilet / shower to just wash their hands and are only in there for a matter of seconds.

I want to replace the low energy GU10 Zone A (240V) with halogen GU10, but the halogen doesn't fit in the low energy fitting - the housing can't accommodate the smaller halogen design. Even if it did fit, the fitting says 'max 11w'

What can I do?? BTW I'm not an electrical expert, builder did all this.

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Postby ericmark » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:04 pm

I have found the different discharge lamps have different start up times and you may find another make will start up faster. However as far as changing to a lamp which produces heat like a tungsten quartz halogen this could cause a fire. The only other option is an LED version which although normally 5W rather than 11W are faster to start.
However as to fitting I have the same problem and some makes will not fit.
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Postby Fawkner » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:49 pm

Thanks ericmark, I will look into LED bulbs :)
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