The Advantages of LED vs. Halogen Bulbs
One question we get asked a lot from our customers is whether or not to upgrade their current exterior halogen or incandescent lighting fixtures with LED light bulbs.
A LED light is an acronym for Light-Emitting Diode. A LED fixture is an electronic device that emits light when an electrical current is passed through it. Traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs work differently—they heat a piece of wire called a filament to emit light.
We highly recommend switching out your old halogen or incandescent bulbs with energy-saving, more efficient LED bulbs. It’s easy to convert a current system, and the quality and color of today’s LED bulbs mean you can still have the warm, nighttime glow.
LED Bulbs Will Save You Money Over Time
While LED systems cost more up front, the dollar savings over the life of the bulb far outweigh the initial investment. Low-voltage LED lights use only a fraction of the energy—about 15-20%—of their halogen or incandescent counterparts. So if you switch to LED lights throughout your home, you could save up to 80% off the lighting portion of your electric bill every month!
You can easily see that it won’t take long before you start saving money. Your initial investment in changing to LED bulbs will be paid back to you in just a few years, and you’ll continue to save money in energy costs over the life of your home. When you combine a longer lasting product with a dramatic reduction in energy consumption, low-voltage LED lighting will certainly save you money in the end.
LED Bulbs Run a Lot Cooler
Halogen bulbs tend to run very hot, so they produce a lot of heat. Up to 90 percent of their energy is given off as heat, and only 10% of the energy is left to give off light. With the higher heat output, a fire risk can ensue when other flammable materials such as leaves, mulch or plant material come in contact with a hot bulb. LED lights, on the other hand, emit very little heat. So they are much safer and more fire resistant than halogen or incandescent bulbs.
LED Bulbs Have a Longer Life
The typical halogen landscape light bulb will last a homeowner for about a year. And incandescent bulbs need to be replaced when the filament fails, which can be more frequently that you think.
However, your energy-saving LED bulb can last up to 3 ½ years or 50,000 hours. That means less in maintenance costs for the homeowner over time, fewer service calls, fewer burnt-out bulbs, and more consistent lighting year round. In fact, some LED bulbs now come with a 5-year warranty!
BONUS: LED lights will reduce your carbon footprint: they are 100% recyclable and free of any toxic materials.
LED Bulbs Offer Effective Lighting
LED bulbs can provide a more targeted approach to your exterior lighting plan. With strategically placed spotlights, path lighting, and task lighting you’ll be illuminating just the areas you want to light up, and not everything else. If you have any further questions about LED landscape lighting, feel free to call us. We are always happy to answer your questions.