Retro 9 Warm White Review

General Information

ID #287
SKU TC-R9-3000K
Series Retro
Manufacturer TC Lights (other LEDs from TC Lights)
Fitting Type Kit (other Kit LEDs)
Light Type Downlight (PAR)
Height 70mm
Diameter PAR16 (50mm)
Weight 144g
Warranty 5 Years
Test Date 2014-07-01
Review Notes Suitable for standard MR16 and GU10 cutouts. Good warranty. Dimming tested using Clipsal 32E450UDM universal dimmer. Performance on a HPM CAT250L leading edge dimmer was slightly worse with a narrower dimming range. The leading edge dimming graph can be found in the gallery. Includes PC9-37200 10W LED power supply. Driver carries RCM and CE approval labels. Claimed light source: Cree COB LEDs
Price $35.90 (AUD) from on 30th of June 2014


LED Specifications

Claimed Measured Compared To
Watts 9W 9W @ 244V
LED Driver Transformer
54.7W @ 12V
Yearly Running Cost[?] $1.97 $1.97 $11.98
Lumens 655 lm 636 lm 765 lm
Efficiency[?] 73 lm/W 71 lm/W 14 lm/W
Lumens/Purchase Price 18 lm/$ 18 lm/$ 170 lm/$
Power Factor[?] N/A 0.93 1
Color [?] Warm White, 3000K Warm White, 3040K Warm White, 3015K
Angle[?] 60° 58° 45°
Dimmable Yes, Leading or Trailing Edge Fair Yes, Trailing Edge
CRI (Color Accuracy)[?] 82 82
Life 50,000 hours Not Measured 6,000 hours
Min/Max Voltage 200V / 240V N/A
Min/Max Temperature N/A / 45°C N/A
Measured Temperature 55°C @ 25°C ambient
131°F @ 77°F ambient
256°C @ 25°C ambient
493°F @ 77°F ambient
Flicker Percent[?] 13% 3%
Flicker Index[?] 0.038 0.008


Link to manufacturer specifications at time of testing


Dimming measurements

Graph notes: Dimming performance can be highly dependant on the type of dimmer, the number of lights in the circuit and other factors. Results in your house might vary. Mouse over the graph for more details. Position 10 = Not dimmed. Position 1 = Fully dimmed.



Distribution Graph

Angle: 58° (±29° from bottom), Maximum lux:

Graph notes: Shows the intensity of the light when viewed from different angles. Normal omni-directional globes have a fairly constant output all the way around (excepting directly above). Downlights have a narrow range at the bottom in which the light is emmited, this determines their angle.


Spectrum Graph

Representation of color spectrum

Graph notes: Shows the breakdown of the LED light into its component colors. With short wavelength ultraviolet on the left and long wavelength infrared on the right. The green line represents the relative absolute strength of the light at each frequency, while the red line represents what the typical human eye would see. The human eye is most sensitive to green light, but much less sensitive to purples and deep reds.


LEDs in this Series

Name Price Watts Lumens Efficiency Color Angle Fitting
Retro 13 Warm White $45 (AUD) 12.7W 990lm 78lm/W Warm White, 3017K 56° Kit
Retro 9 Warm White $36 (AUD) 9W 636lm 73lm/W Warm White, 3040K 58° Kit


Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these results, each measurement carries an inherent degree of uncertainty and error. Safety and EMC compliance of products to regional or international standards have not been verified unless noted as an ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting Facts, or SSL Quality Scheme certified product. Retailers and importers selling unmarked or unapproved electrical goods can be fined or imprisoned. Mains supplied downlights require installation by a licensed electrician.