Cheap 'dimmable' eBay LED 12W MR16 Review

General Information

ID #302
Series N/A
Manufacturer Ebay seller: wiseller (other LEDs from Ebay seller: wiseller)
Fitting Type MR16 (other MR16 LEDs)
Light Type Downlight (PAR)
Height 71mm
Diameter PAR15 (49mm)
Weight 50g
Warranty 1 Years
Test Date 2014-08-11
Review Notes Super cheap LED. Price includes shipping from HK. Shipment took several weeks. But was better packed than many Ebay orders. Warranty stated by seller on eBay product page is both 7 days, 30 days and 6 months, somehow, all at the same time. Subtle, visible 50Hz flicker when not connected in a dimmer circuit. The light flickered heavily when connected to a HPM CAT250L leading edge dimmer and also on a Clipsal 32E450UDM universal dimmer so as not to qualify as dimmable despite distributor's claims. Seller claims this is replacement for a 80W Halogen, but we found it only as bright as a 25W Halogen. Claims of 90 year lifespan are extremely dubious in our opinion. CRI and power factor are awful. Claimed to be 12W but was 6W. So another case of Ebay fraud.
Price $5.89 (USD) from eBay on 10th of August 2014


LED Specifications

Claimed Measured Compared To
Watts 12W 6.4W @ 12V
Electronic Transformer
54.7W @ 12V
Yearly Running Cost[?] $2.63 $1.40 $11.98
Lumens 1200 lm 331 lm 765 lm
Efficiency[?] 100 lm/W 52 lm/W 14 lm/W
Lumens/Purchase Price 204 lm/$ 56 lm/$ 170 lm/$
Power Factor[?] N/A 0.62 1
Color [?] Warm White Warm White, 3000K Warm White, 3015K
Angle[?] 140° 98° 45°
Dimmable Yes, Leading or Trailing Edge N/A Yes, Trailing Edge
CRI (Color Accuracy)[?] N/A 66
Life 100,000 hours Not Measured 6,000 hours
Min/Max Voltage N/A / 12V N/A
Min/Max Temperature N/A / N/A N/A
Measured Temperature 64°C @ 25°C ambient
147°F @ 77°F ambient
256°C @ 25°C ambient
493°F @ 77°F ambient
Flicker Percent[?] 69% 3%
Flicker Index[?] 0.071 0.008



Distribution Graph

Angle: 98° (±49° 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: 69%, Index: 0.071 (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.