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Poundland LED Lamps

Poundland LED Lamps

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I was in Poundland today and decided to pickup some of their LED lamps to play with.
Poundland is a UK store chain that sells everything at £1 Sterling.

The GLS and Candle lamps are both rated for 5w, 330lm, 3000k and 15,000 hours.
The GU10 lamp is rated at 3w and 220lm.

These are probably the most basic LED lamps that you can get with a simple capacitive dropper followed by a diode bridge, smoothing cap and some resistors.

They run reasonable cool, give good colour rendering and seem decently bright.

For £1 each I'm not expecting great longevity but for the price who cares!
Easily hacked to run at lower power anyway.

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Light Information

Lamp Type:LED
Base:B22 & GU10
Service Life:15,000h allegedly
Wattage:5 & 3w
Voltage:240v 50hz
Lumen Output:330 & 220
Color Temperature:3000k
Factory Location:China

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Jul 31, 2016 at 10:08 AM Author: FrontSideBus
Well it's a mixed bag with these. The GLS lamp seems quite happy and only gets moderately warm but when I tested the candle lamp it got so hot that 3 LED modules de-soldered themselves from the board! It's a good source of B22 caps for DIY projects anyway as they come apart and go back together quick easily and non destructively. I'll be using one for a DIY 18w PL-C or 16w 2D adapter. I've not tested the GU10 yet.

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Jul 31, 2016 at 12:40 PM Author: sailormoon_01_uk
Hi Mark

Interesting Lamps, I have 2 Golfball Lamps same brand also from Poundland, I too am not sure how good they are, but at the moment I have one in my bedside light so far it has done about 3 weeks at 2 ours per night.

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Jul 31, 2016 at 04:40 PM Author: Keiron
I keep meaning to pick some of these up, I don't have any LED lamps in my collection yet.

Mazda lamps stay brighter longer :-)

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Jul 31, 2016 at 05:28 PM Author: Flurofan96
Would like to see the lifespan performance of pound stores LEDS against 5-6 quid ones

I will give LEDisease a taste of my shoe

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Apr 16, 2018 at 10:14 AM Author:
We've got some 6W and 9W ones that we were given free by a friend who used to run a lighting shop. So far they've done just over 2 years in normal domestic use (5 or 6 hours a day, give or take) and we've had one fail on us after about a year. All the others are fine. The one in our bedroom is older still, around 5 years, I got it from Maplins for a quid (end of line) and it's been faultless.
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Apr 16, 2018 at 11:49 AM Author: Bert Bright
I have been quite surprised with how 'not bad' the 99p/£1 LED bulbs have performed that I've tried. I would never light my house with them myself but they seem like a perfect option for people on a tight budget, being cheaper than halos to run as well as purchase.

Only thing is the GU10s never have the expense of optics or reflectors, and so have a 90 deg beam angle instead of the standard 36 deg, which may or may not be acceptable for certain scenarious

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Apr 16, 2018 at 11:55 AM Author:
The only reason we started using them was quite simply that we were given them. I'm not sure we'd have used them otherwise, although as I said I picked up one in Maplins for £1 a few years ago, which is still going strong. We are also on a very tight budget, so power costs are an issue. All of the ones we have are of the type that look as much as possible like normal incandescent lamps, with B22 and E27 caps, we don't have any with the GU10 bases.
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