There are now decent versions of LED G9 capsules (or G9 bulbs) available. Although the LED version used to be physically much larger than the halogen capsules they replace, this is no longer the case.
LED G9 bulbs are vey sparkly, bright, don't get as burning-hot as a halogen capsule and can be touched with your fingers when installing them.
LED G9 advantages:
- Save money - around £5 per bulb per year
- Use less energy - around 3w
- More sparkly
- Not as hot
- Longer life - average 30,000 hours
- Less fiddly to install
LED G9 - can touch this!
Just in case you weren't aware, do not touch halogen capsules with your fingers as the natural oils from your skin can cause hot-spots on the surface of the glass and therefore considerably reduce the life of the bulb.
LED versions of G9 bulbs don't suffer from the same problem so you can touch them when replacing halogen bulbs, making LED G9s much less fiddly to install.
Some LED G9 bulbs are also silicon coated, which, while being a very good conductor of heat from the bulb also make the bulb bounce if dropped!
The physical size of LED G9 bulbs used to be a concern. We have seen bulbs at least twice the size of a halogen capsule, but we don't sell them and they should be avoided as they don't fit in most fittings. We stock LED G9 bulbs that are only 16mm wide and 50mm long so a great fit in most light fittings.
Saving you money
LED G9 bulbs now cost as little as £4.87 inc vat each and give you about the same amount of light as a 25w halogen bulb. A halogen bulb is cheaper to buy (from only 76p), but as they use more electricity and only have an average life of around 1000 - 2000 hours, the LED at 30,000 hours and only 3w is cheaper over all.
In fact, an LED G9 bulb could save you £5.42 per bulb per year if used for an average of 5 hours a day. See our energy saving calculator for more details.
G9 halogen capsules
A G9 bulb (lamp) produces a fantastic, bright, sparkly light. They run at mains voltage so there are no transformers to worry about and they are fully compatible with dimmer switches.
Many lighting manufacturers use a G9 bulb where they need a lot of light in a small space. Their tiny size means that they can be used in very decorative fittings.
Being quite small in size, G9 capsule bulbs are perfect for many modern decorative light fittings, as they will fit in small glass shades where standard bulbs wouldn't fit.
The only down sides is that these particular bulbs don't last very long, and are quite power hungry. A standard G9 bulb has a life of 1000 hours, which is usually about a year of normal use. They don't count as low energy light bulbs.
Are G9 lamps the same as bulbs?
Yes - G9 lamps are commonly referred to as G9 capsules, bulbs or halogens. These are all the same thing!