LED vs Low-Voltage Halogen Lighting: Which Should You Choose?

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Your landscape lighting is a work of art. It enhances your outdoor living areas and makes you feel safe in your pathways and driveways. Do you know if you’re using the optimal light bulbs for your home? Your options are LED and low-voltage halogen light bulbs. Each of them have distinct advantages and disadvantages. They’re both great lightbulb choices and create the same desired color lighting and brightness, but which one is better for you?


Low-Voltage Halogen Lighting

Low-voltage halogen lights usually burn for about 5,000 hours. They’re energy efficient, low maintenance, easy to install and initially less expensive than LEDs. These are all critical facts to take into account when purchasing bulbs. Another important factor to consider is how often these bulbs have to be replaced. While halogen lights burn for 5,000 hours, LED lights burn for 40,000. Properties where primarily halogen lights are used, we recommend using LED outdoor fixtures for hard-to-reach areas like the peaks of buildings or homes. This helps cut down maintenance, bulb replacement and the cost for repair. If you don’t use your landscape lighting often, halogen fixtures are a more efficient investment.


LED Lighting

LED light bulbs can burn for about 40,000 hours, meaning they last eight times longer than a halogen light. Halogens don’t last long due to the fact that the filaments can’t withstand electric fluctuations (ex. flipping a light switch on and off.) LED lights don’t need time to warm up, they light instantly. They do tend to be more expensive but they’re low maintenance, use less energy and are easier to install than halogens. Considering they cost 80 percent less to operate, most homeowners gravitate towards them. If you use your outdoor lighting regularly, the initial investment of LEDs can be pricey but it might be worth it. Many people believe LEDs are the light of the future due to their life expectancy, durability and efficiency.


For Example

To put things in perspective – “A single 60-watt bulb costs approximately $26 to run per year at 12 hours per day. Don’t forget that since an incandescent bulb only lasts 1000 hours, chances are you would’ve bought at least four replacement bulbs over the course of the year, bringing your total cost for just one light fixture to $30. Don’t forget about the time wasted changing the bulbs! Compared to one 10-watt LED light bulb costs approximately $4.30 to run per year at 12 hours per day. Since it was on for approximately 4000 hours it still has nearly 10 years of life! Over an 11 year lifespan it’ll cost about $120 while a traditional fixture using an incandescent bulb will cost nearly $330!”


LED lights are changing the way we see things, literally, but it’s up to you to decide which of these bulbs is best for your home or business. Bottom line is while halogens are less expensive, LEDs are significantly more cost effective. If you’re having trouble determining what’s better for you, call your Jacksonville outdoor lighting professionals at Harrison Irrigation.