Last autumn, Philips Hue launched MR16 light sources on the market for the first time. The spots have a particularly small GU5.3 base. However, this is not the actual special feature. Much more important is the power supply, which is not via a conventional 230-volt connection. Instead, a 12-volt transformer is connected upstream.
Regardless of whether you want to convert an existing installation to Philips Hue or install the MR16 spotlights from scratch, a correctly functioning transformer should be used so that there are no technical problems. But which transformer is suitable?
Overview of working transformers for Philips Hue MR16 spots
Unfortunately, I don't have such small 12 volt spots in use anywhere in my house to be able to provide you with my own experience. However, Philips Hue has published a comprehensive list (PDF-Download) of many compatible and non-compatible transformers. And not just for Germany and Europe, but also for North America, for example.
In the best case scenario, you will find the transformer that you have installed in your home. You can also see how many light sources the transformer works properly with, as there are also big differences here.
Which is definitely obvious: Only in the best case scenario can you simply replace the light sources and everything works as it should.
These MR16 light sources are available to choose from
Philips Hue offers the MR16 spots in two different versions: As White Ambiance with different shades of white and dimming function and as White and Color Ambiance with an additional 16 million colours. The light sources can be purchased as a single or double pack.
The price starts at 39.99 euros for a single spotlight. A cheaper Hue White with a simple dimming function is not currently available. In addition, only the colour version is available in the USA and Canada.
Philips Hue MR16 spots
from $99.99 / £29.99 / €39,99
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