IRC halogen spotlights

IRC halogen spotlights have a reflective coating on the base of the bulb. They are good for accent lighting, such as for highlighting art, and mood lighting.


  • Cost from $5 per bulb
  • Use around 30% less energy than standard halogen spotlights
  • A lifetime of at least 2,000 hours, over twice as long as a standard halogen bulb
  • Can be used in light fittings with dimmers or operated by sensors

Keep in mind

  • Halogens operate at high temperatures so be careful to position where they won't be easily touched
  • For lights that will be left on for a long time, CFLs or LEDs are a better, more efficient choice than halogens

Where to buy

  • Easily available at most DIY outlets and specialty lighting stores, usually available at supermarkets and variety stores