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3 Measurements For LED vs Halogen Light Bulbs

Determining Which Bulb Is Best For Your Maryland, DC, Or Northern Virginia Home

Which Bulb Is Best For Your Outdoor Lighting?

Your light bulbs may be heading in the same direction as the Walkman – obsoletion.

Certain light bulbs come with their share of problems. You have to replace them every couple of years, one day they work and the next they won’t turn on, and they can become worryingly hot. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as older bulb types can have many different issues. These problems add up to frustration and annoyance as you end up spending more time maintaining your landscape lights than you’d like.

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Thankfully, you can find a solution to these problems that don’t involve consistent manual labor.

One bulb entered the market some years ago and has steadily been improving until it reached the top. It is now considered one of (if not the) best type of light bulb for just about any light source.

One of these bulbs is LED and the other halogen.

This LED vs halogen debate occurs in 3 main areas: brightness, efficiency, and lifespan. LEDs are better in each of these areas than halogen, sometimes by a wide margin. LEDs are actually continuing to improve so they can always outshine halogen and other bulb types.

You can find out just how much better LEDs are than halogens in each of these areas if you keep reading.

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LED vs Halogen In 3 Main Areas

1. Bulb Brightness

Do you know that song “Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band? It plays in my head every time I get blinded by those LED headlights when I’m driving down the road at night.

We’ve all been there.

Those lights are LED, which are much brighter than the original halogen lights. Now, this doesn’t mean that all LED lights are blindingly bright. In fact, LED lights have a much wider range of brightness and color than halogen bulbs. You can find warm LEDs that are about the same level as halogens, and that is when the other benefits come into play. What would be the point of choosing LED vs halogen if they were almost exactly the same?

dim halogen bulb

You may notice that LED and halogen brightness are measured differently. Halogen brightness is measured in wattage or energy output. LEDs are measured in lumens or literal brightness (lumen does mean ‘light’).

This means LEDs can give you a more accurate measurement of actual brightness while halogen wattage basically tells you how hot they are going to get.

You can find out how many lumens your outdoor lighting needs >>

Now let’s get to the fun part of brightness.

LEDs are dimmable, meaning you can change the level of brightness to the exact level you want. You can also choose to have color-changing options so you can make your lights blue, red, or any other color. Halogens can only stay their original brightness and color.

Seems like all these perks would make LEDs cost more right? Let’s find out.

2. Energy And Monetary Efficiency

As of right now, you will more than likely pay more upfront for LED vs halogen bulbs. LED light bulbs normally cost between $6-8 per bulb while halogen is usually $3-5. At worst you’re paying $5 more per bulb by choosing LED, at best $1.

But this upfront cost pales in comparison to the difference in energy consumption.

Electricity use by bulb type LED vs halogen and other bulb types

LEDs use 80+% of their energy as light, with the other percent escaping as heat. Halogens are the exact opposite, which is probably why they are much dimmer and hotter. This means with LEDs you no longer need to worry about your kids touching hot bulbs and hurting themselves.

If stoves could have this technology and still be as efficient we’d have to find another example to give our kids about learning through experience.

As for power consumption, in terms of watts LEDs use about 8-20 watts while halogens use 29-72 watts.

So overall, LED lights are better at using energy and are less costly, especially when you consider their lifespan.

Range of lumens and watts for different types of light bulbs

You can learn about the different wattages for outdoor lights >>

3. Lifespan

You may find it weird if you switch to LED because you won’t have to change the bulbs nearly as often, as in years.

Halogen bulbs last an average of 1,000 hours, meaning they typically need changing every 1-3 years depending on how often you have them on. LEDs are on the far opposite end, lasting about 50,000 hours or 15+ years.

For example, replacing a classic 60-watt bulb with an LED can reduce energy consumption by up to 73% and extend the light life by 2,500%! Crazy, right?

What is even crazier is that it’s only getting better from here.

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LED vs Halogen: What Do You Think?

The only advantage halogens have vs LEDs right now is lower upfront costs. If you want cheap bulbs that need changing often, then halogens are the way to go. Of course, this isn’t the only cost of outdoor lighting.

You can find out the other costs of outdoor lighting >>

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