L1/GU10 Tube Bulb 9w
The L1/GU10 tube bulb from tp24 is designed to be seen. At just 3cm diameter it's the smallest diameter low energy bulb that we've seen.
Unlike some other tube shaped low energy bulb, the L1 tube bulb has closed end. This makes a much neater appearance than the open ended type where the internal fluorescent tubes would be visible.
This lamp is used in light fittings from tp24, usually without a lamp shade because these attractive lamps are often are a feature of the appearance of the light fittings.
These L1 tube bulbs can be used as replacements in "Zamp" fittings with GU10 lamp caps. These do have a closed end as they are fluorescent tubes, which will provide a slightly different effect.
What is L1?
L1 is a new type of bulb connector. It is a special type of lamp cap that can only be used with Low Energy bulbs. This means that all L1 light fittings are dedicated low energy fittings. i.e. it is impossible to install a normal high energy incandescent bulb - you can only fit a low energy L1 bulb.
There are various designs and shapes of L1 bulbs, all of which use the latest in technology and provide innovative designs and some of the smallest sizes available today.
The special fitting uses two pins on the bulb and a third, non-metalic pin on the bulb holder. It's this third pin that prevents a non L1 bulb being used. L1 bulb holders are very safe too - because
the electrical connections are on the bulb and not in the holder, when the bulb is removed, there are no potentially live connections to touch even for the smallest of fingers.