Retrofitting is a term that is thrown around a lot. If you are planning to buy GU10 LEDs and you've been doing your research then there is a high chance you've come across it during your online searches. But what exactly does it mean?
Well quite honesty the term 'retrofit' is not as esoteric as everyone perceives it to be. It is a quite simple piece of jargon that refers to the size and shape of LED Bulbs. The exact definition of retrofit means to outfit a system with new components that the system did not have to begin with. So with that in mind you can think of retrofitting as a kind of upgrade. When you retrofit your home with GU10 LED what you are actually doing is updating an antiquated system, with a new system that is more energy-efficient and reliable.
The key difference between the concept of upgrading and retrofitting is that the slower takes no modification to the existing system into account, other than the straight replacement of like-for-like components. The 'new' components, which in this case are our brand new GU10 LED can be installed without the need to rewire you existing system or change any fittings. When we say that a GU10 LED has a 'retrofit' design, what we are actually saying is that they are designed to the same same specifications as common domestic GU10 Bulbs.
However, it is not usually good enough to keep an eye open for any mention of the term retrofit when you are looking to buy new GU10 LED . A lot of retailers will provide misleading information about the nature of their products, possibly noting that they are retrofit in design when in fact they are not. That is why we always encourage you to check the product specifications for the exact height and diameter of each new bulb you buy. What you will find is that in the case of some particular types of bulbs, such as the GU10 80 Cluster LED, the height of the bulb is slightly larger as the 80 individual LEDs mounted to the front face of the bulb actually protrude forward from the flat face. If you are using them in exposed lighting designs, such as on a tracking rail, then the small large size will only be wonderful. Problems arise with recessed lighting fixtures where the bulb needs to fit flush inside a cavity.