Cheap Chinese Ebay LED 15W GU10 Review

General Information

ID #289
SKU L0201-01
Series N/A
Manufacturer Ebay seller: lemon-best (other LEDs from Ebay seller: lemon-best)
Fitting Type GU10 (other GU10 LEDs)
Light Type Downlight (PAR)
Height 65mm
Diameter PAR15 (48mm)
Weight 43g
Warranty 1 Years
Test Date 2014-07-03
Review Notes Ebay vendor fraudulently claimed this was 15W (5 x 3W Epistar LEDs) and 550 Lumens. Carries CE approval sticker. Dimming was tested using a HPM CAT250L leading edge dimmer, with which there was no strobing but limited range. The light strobed heavily when connected to a Clipsal 32E450UDM universal dimmer. Very poor CRI and lots of high frequency flicker (even when not being dimmed). Beam was also much narrower than advertised. Was a super cheap LED however. Price included (slow) international shipping. Light likely doesn't meet local safety & EMI standards. Warranty period is confusing "up to" 3 years but just 15 days, at the same time.
Price $4.95 (AUD) from Ebay on 3rd of July 2014


LED Specifications

Claimed Measured Compared To
Watts 15W 6.1W @ 244V 50.2W @ 242V
Yearly Running Cost[?] $3.29 $1.34 $10.99
Lumens 550 lm 256 lm 498 lm
Efficiency[?] 37 lm/W 42 lm/W 10 lm/W
Lumens/Purchase Price 111 lm/$ 52 lm/$ 144 lm/$
Power Factor[?] N/A 0.95 1
Color [?] Warm White Warm White, 2926K Warm White, 2737K
Angle[?] 45° 25° 33°
Dimmable Not Dimmable Below average Yes, Leading or Trailing Edge
CRI (Color Accuracy)[?] N/A 59
Life 100,000 hours Not Measured 2,000 hours
Min/Max Voltage 100V / 245V 220V / 240V
Min/Max Temperature -25°C / 65°C N/A
Measured Temperature 80°C @ 25°C ambient
176°F @ 77°F ambient
192°C @ 25°C ambient
378°F @ 77°F ambient
Flicker Percent[?] 78% 9%
Flicker Index[?] 0.154 0.029


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: 25° (±12.5° 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.


Flicker Graph

Graph of measured flicker

Percent: 78%, Index: 0.154 (lower is better in both cases)

Graph notes: Shows variation in light output over 1/10th of a second, with relative light output on the Y axis and time on the X Axis. Measured with a photodiode connected to an Oscilloscope. Ideally the yellow line should be flat. Low frequency high amplitude waveforms mean there is a possibility of noticeable flicker, but sensitivity to flicker varies between people. [More details about LED flicker]


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.