When planning and designing your outdoor areas, one of the most important things to consider is lighting. And, when it comes to landscape lighting the most important decision you should make is using LED or halogen lights. To help you make an informed decision, AZZ Industries – the number one specialist in the Electrical Industry offering electrical services throughout Brisbane – has come up with the following comparison of LED and halogen landscape lighting key categories to help your decision.
Halogen vs. LED Landscape Lighting
Even though many people consider LED lighting as a better option in most categories, the truth is, halogen bulbs win in the first category – initial cost. On the other hand, even though LED lights could cost you a bit more at the beginning, they will save you money over time due to the fact that they are extremely energy efficient and don’t require frequent replacement.
- Energy Efficiency
As we mentioned above, LED lights are the hands-down winner regarding their energy usage. Statistics show that if you use only LED bulbs in your household, you could see your energy bills drop by as much as 80%. Halogen bulbs use more energy and most of it they give off as heat which is why they get hot and don’t last as long. On the contrary, the heat produced by LED lights is drawn away from the bulb increasing its lifespan.
- Colour Output
In general, landscape lighting design requires warm light which is why you may decide to use halogen or other incandescent bulbs since they produce light in a warm yellow hue. But, you shouldn’t rule out LEDs because they have improved a lot in terms of colour. Although they were just bright white in the past, modern LED lights come in more calming hues which are also suitable for landscape lighting.
This is something we’ve already mentioned, but now let’s dig a bit deeper into it. LED lights can last up to a whopping 40,000 hours. So, when you compare halogen’s 2,000 to 5,000 hours, LEDs are obviously a better option considering longevity. But, what determines the end of their lifespan? Halogen bulbs either burn out or fail whereas LEDs experience light depreciation.
The great thing here is that both halogens and LEDs require very little maintenance. However, you may remember that we already said how halogen bulbs require more frequent replacement compared to LED lights. Depending on usage, you should replace halogens every one to two years, whereas LED bulbs should be usually replaced in 10 to 20 years. Remarkable difference, right?
The last category you should have in mind when choosing between halogen and LED landscape lighting is the warranty. Namely, halogen landscape lighting systems don’t usually come with a warranty. On the contrary, LED landscape lighting typically comes with one. To ensure you have a warranty, just ask your professional electrician, preferably one from AZZ industries, and he’ll explain everything you need to know before installation.
Now that you know everything needed about halogen and LED landscape lighting, it’s time you make the right decision and contact AZZ Industries today!