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    Default Compact fluorescent MR16

    I recently bought three Feit GU5.3 compact fluorescent (CF) MR16 bulbs to replace three 50w halogen bulbs in a display cabinet. I know they don't have the output of halogens, but they are dim, dim, dim! The Feit CFs are 12V bulbs, and the cabinet has a Hatch VS12-15 transformer (no dimmer) which I think should be just fine. But is that the issue, or is it just that these CF bulbs just don't have the lumen output? When I say they're dim, I mean they have a fraction of the brightness of the halogens. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Compact fluorescent MR16

    Well a really quick look through a lamp catalog
    MR16 C.F 160 lumens

    MR16 Halogen 20watt 240 lumens, 35watt 510 lumens, 50watt 800 lumens.

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    Default Re: Compact fluorescent MR16

    ***, those are impressive numbers. Nowhere on the packaging does it give the lumen output of these CF bulbs. It says "Replaces up to 50W", so we would think the output would somewhere in that ballpark. But these fall far short. So, I might assume then that the problem isn't with the type of transformer, right?

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    Default Re: Compact fluorescent MR16

    I really, really, really doubt it's the transformer. You are just not going to get the light output in a CF to match a halogen lamp.

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