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I have a room with MR16 dowlighters fitted.

One of them has stopped working. It works when you pull it out of the ceiling - but not as you put it in. It seems there is a loss connection somewhere and the fitting needs replacing.

I was wondering if it would be better to replace it with an LEd - how easy is this to do? Do I need to notify the building authorities?


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It may be the lamp, some times the pins on MR16 lamps get too compacted, opening them out slightly works. (Depending on what the fault is)
If its a loose connection why not tighten it?

MR16 lamps are 12v. If your existing lamp has its own transformer chances are it will not work with an LED lamp.
If you have multiple lamps on 1 transformer you will probably be ok with one LED lamp.

Ideally you should have 1 light and 1 LED driver

Its up to you, and what you have.

You don't need to tell the BCO anything in this case.

How easy is it? depends on your skills and confidence. But you won't know unless you try.

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Thanks for that. I have tried replacing the bulb with two others and same thing happens, it's either the connector or the wire.


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Thanks for that. I have tried replacing the bulb with two others and same thing happens, it's either the connector or the wire.


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Change the fitting then.

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I've had a similar problem in the past and it was the connector. They seem to fail due to prolonged heat exposure. They are cheap on eBay and easy to change. Power off 1st.

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I'm beginning to think I'll take the opportunity to change it for an led fittings


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Don't forget that mr16 bulbs are low voltage so you need to remove the transformer too

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Ktuludays wrote:
Don't forget that mr16 bulbs are low voltage so you need to remove the transformer too


Depends what he is going to change to. You can get MR16 lamps which are LED based, in which case he would need to change the transformers to drivers.

If he is going to change to gu10 mains LED lamps, easier / better to change the whole fitting. (Then find out the wires are too short as they only reach the transformers )

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Would
https://www.toolstation.com/shop/p99286
do the trick?

It depends on the type of light fitting you have.


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