The spectral properties of commercially available halogen and LED-based MR16s were investigated. The metrics used to characterize the MR16s include the total luminous flux (TLF), correlated color temperature (CCT), color-rendering index (CRI), angular variation of CCT, and luminous efficacy. The halogen MR16s were included as a baseline for comparison with LED-based MR16s. Seven LED-based MR16s were investigated, including three constructed from 5-mm LEDs, and four constructed from high-power devices based on a larger die. It is shown that MR16s constructed from white LEDs are not suitable as a direct replacement for existing alternatives at this time, due to their low power efficiency and poor TLF. MR16s constructed with a single phosphor also have poor CRIs and undesirable CCTs. An MR16 with an extra phosphor in the red region of the spectrum shows improvement in CRI and a lower CCT than the other LED-based MR16s. All of the LED-based MR16s had a variation of CCT that was larger than those of the halogen devices.
The spectral properties of commercially available LED-based and halogen MR16s were investigated. The measurements taken include TLF (Total Luminous Flux), CCT (Correlated Color Temperature), CRI (Color Rendering Index), angular variation of CCT, and luminous efficacy. The halogen MR16s were used as a baseline for comparison with LED-based MR16s. It is shown at this time that LED-based MR16s are not suitable as a direct replacement for existing alternatives due to high initial cost, low power efficiency, poor CRIs, and undesirable CCTs.