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What Are The Advantages Of LED Lights vs. Halogen Lights


LED Lights

LED stands for light-emitting diode. This is a semiconductor that glows when an electric current passes through it. The light isn’t very bright and is known as monochromatic or tinted. It can be inserted into a bayonet or normal screw fitting. And the more electricity used the brighter the light becomes.

A halogen is one of a group of chemical elements that are used in lighting. Lamps have a tungsten filament sealed transparently and filled with a small amount of an inert gas and halogen such as iodine or bromine. The more energy produced by the filament the brighter and whiter the light becomes.

Halogen bulbs have been used for many years. But now affordable LED lights are becoming increasingly popular due to the lower power consumption and eco-friendly qualities.

So, now you know the science look at what are the advantages of LED lights vs. halogen lights? Read on…

See the Differences

The difference between halogen and LED lights is shown below:

Halogen lights

  • Halogen lightsBurn much hotter than incandescent bulbs to produce a bright, white light
  • Make excellent torches
  • Produce a lot of heat and can make the room feel hot
  • Need to be replaced on a regular basis
  • Use a large amount of electricity to produce light
  • Are normally used alongside a mains power source
  • Can be broken if dropped as they’re made from quartz
  • Are less adaptable due to a restricted bulb design

LED lights

  • LED lightsAre available in a wide range of colours that are suitable for any lighting setting
  • Produce a small amount of heat making them safer
  • Can burn for up to 60,000 hours saving money on maintenance and replacements
  • Are better for the environment as they have a low power consumption
  • Can work off a battery without having to be connected to a main electricity supply
  • Have little or no glass making them child and pet-friendly if dropped
  • Can be manufactured to many sizes and specifications and are extremely adaptable
  • Save on energy and subsequently on bills

Compare the Data

When you compare LED and halogen lights you’ll find:

LED lights have…

  • A heat emission of only 10-20% of the total energy.
  • An average power consumption of just eight watts
  • A lifespan of approximately 50,000 to 60,000 hours
  • No UV emissions

Halogen lights have…

  • An 80-90% of total energy used in heat emission
  • Filaments that can stand up to 2,500 degrees Celsius
  • Bulbs that can reach around 500 degrees Celsius
  • A power consumption average of 90 watts
  • A lifespan of 800 to 1,200 hours
  • Minimal UV emissions

Look at the Advantages

LED lights compared to halogen have many benefits.

LED lights are:

  • Very energy efficient
  • Cool to the touch
  • More expensive to purchase but last up to 50 times longer
  • Preferred as a natural light for shop display purposes
  • Capable of being directed in specific areas
  • 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly
  • Perfect for lighting old documents and artefacts in museums

Halogen lights are:

  • A potential fire risk near combustible materials
  • Able to cause burns if touched
  • Much cheaper to buy
  • Only able to radiate light in every direction

Got a Lighting Problem?

For a quick diagnosis and swift repair call a trusted emergency electrician. Any issues with your LED or halogen lights can be fixed. Whether you’re a home or business owner you’ll get a 24-hour service. From fully qualified and experienced electricians.

Your 24-hour electrician will be:

  • Registered with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting
  • Covered by complete insurance whilst working on your property
  • Experienced in interior and exterior lighting situations
  • Able to make your current lighting system completely safe