Mar 15, 2016

Caliper MR16DOE’s CALiPER program has published a new Snapshot Report on LED MR16 lamps, which updates a similar Snapshot Report published in January 2014. In the past two years, LED technology has progressed rapidly, but the progress has been much slower for LED MR16s. The increase in mean efficacy is about half of that seen for other categories, and lumen output and center beam intensity (CBCP) haven’t notably increased in recent years either. There are still no listed lamps at a given beam angle that meet the expected CBCP values for a 50-W halogen MR16 using the Energy Star calculator–although several now meet the minimum threshold required by ENERGY STAR for claiming equivalency to a 50-W halogen MR16.

At the same time, the number of MR16s listed by LED Lighting Facts hasn’t changed much in four years, and the category represents a dwindling percentage of the total number of listed lamps. Yet the market penetration for LED MR16s is among the highest for any product category.

Among other highlights from the new report:

You can download the full report from the DOE SSL website.