Halogen Bulbs for Crystal Chandeliers Pros & Cons

This next article in our light bulb series is all about halogen bulbs with a GU10 base.  Along with halogen GU10 light bulbs and LED’s the outdated incandescent bulbs are being replaced with more energy efficient bulbs.  Halogen lamps (bulbs) are technically incandescent bulbs, but are more energy efficient and longer lasting.

On one hand halogen is not as energy efficient as its LED counterpart. On the other hand when it comes to the reflective quality of crystal prisms, they are ideal.

What are Halogen Bulbs?

Halogen bulbs for crystal chandeliers Finishing Touches black shaded beaded pendant light over kitchen island

Halogen bulbs for crystal chandeliers Finishing Touches black shaded beaded pendant light over kitchen island

Halogen bulbs have a glass envelope with gas inside the envelope. The halogen gas increases the light output and take no time to warm up. These bulbs are compact in size and have a high lumen output. They are longer lasting than the ordinary incandescent bulbs.

What is a GU10 Light Bulb?

Most of our modern chandeliers and ceiling lights have a GU10 base. The socket requires a halogen or LED light bulb to have 2 pins or legs on the end.  A GU10 bulb is line voltage which means there is no transformer to worry about. The driver is built right into the bulb. In addition, GU10 halogen bulbs as well as most LED’s are dimmable. We always recommend you use a dimmer switch to proper lighting depending on the mood you wish to achieve.

Clear bulbs are the perfect choice for our modern crystal chandeliers and ceiling lights. 50 watt halogen bulbs play up the brilliance of the trimming.  The standard halogen lamp has 400 lumens.  Remember, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

As with anything else, the quality of the bulb is paramount. However, halogen bulbs do create heat. As skin oils can cause a halogen bulb to burn out, the glass portion of the glass shouldn’t be touched with a bare hand.  Simply wear a glove, or use a rag.

Why Clear Light Bulbs?

GU10 bulbs Fuzion X small two layer square color crystal chandeliers over kitchen island

GU10 bulbs Fuzion X small two layer square color crystal chandeliers over kitchen island

There is no difference in the brightness from clear or frosted bulbs. It is basically the look. The shape of a frosted bulb is more visible inside a crystal light fixture. A clear bulb has no color and adds to the sparkling crystal. They also play off the chrome reflector pan in a ceiling light. Therefore, when it comes to crystal chandeliers, our preference is always clear instead of frosted.  It’s important to learn all about about light fixtures and the proper lamping.

To Conclude

In conclusion, when comes to the brilliance of crystal chandeliers, halogens are at the top of our list. Our Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide post talks more about the world of crystal chandeliers.

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