Landscape Lighting: Halogen vs. LED
f you need to add lighting to your landscaping, you may be wondering whether LED or halogen lights would be best for your needs. While both can offer you excellent lighting to highlight landscape focal points or add safety for paths and outdoor living areas, there are differences. Here is a quick comparison between the two different types of lighting to help you choose the best option for your needs.
Halogen lighting offers a bright light for your outdoor areas. They also are one of the cheaper bulbs to buy, making the initial investment low. However, halogen lights do not last as long as other options like LED. They will need to be replaced more often, with most bulbs lasting 2000-5000 hours. This means you will need to change them almost 10 times compared to one LED bulb.
LED lighting can be a great option if you use your outdoor spaces often at night or want lighting for nightly aesthetic appeal or security. LED lightbulbs can last up to 50,000 hours, giving them many years of life. This saves you time changing them since they can last 10-20 times as long as halogen bulbs. The downside of LED is the initial investment. These bulbs are more expensive; if you are adding many lights throughout your property, it can become a large investment.
You may be able to combine both halogen lights and LED. Use LED for lights that will be used almost every night and you want to last. Halogen lighting may be more cost effective for multiple lights that are only used occasionally. Talk to your landscaper to discuss the options and your budget before you decide which is best for you.
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