LED vs Halogen Bulbs

Halogen vs LED Bulbs

Posted on 08, January, 2016

Last Modified on 19, January, 2016

Halogen light bulbs are so last year. Now, LED bulbs are where it's at. Why you ask? Read on for the main differences between LED and halogen bulbs AND the reasons why LED bulbs are just so awesome!

LED vs Halogen Lights

Features LED Halogen
Heat Emission 10%-20% of total energy 80%-90% of total energy
Power Consumption Average of 8 Watts Average of 90 Watts
Lifespan 50,000 - 60,000 hours 800 - 1,200 hours
Average Cost $15-$20/bulb $3-$5/bulb
UV Emissions None Minimal

Advantages of LED's

Energy Efficient LED Bulbs

LED lights are much better for display cases than halogen lights for numerous reasons. The biggest factor separating these two display options is heat emission. Halogen lights use about 90% of their energy giving off heat, making them a potential fire hazard near combustible materials. With such high temperatures, halogen lights can be dangerous and cause burns if touched. An LED emits a mere 10% of their energy in heat, making them much more energy efficient and cool to the touch. This feature is particularly important if you regularly attend trade shows because many convention centers now enforce restrictions on halogen light due to safety issues and energy conservation.

Halogen lights are much cheaper to purchase, but the lifespan of an LED light is about 25-50 times longer. Longterm users of LED's will save money on the amount of replacements that need to be purchased. Users will also save costs on power consumption. An average LED light uses 8 watts of power, while halogen lights average about 90 watts. That's more than 12X as much! You can also expect the cost of LED bulbs to come down as technology advances in the coming years.

Real-Life Applications for LED's

Now, let’s take a look at some real-life applications. In retail, LED lights are preferred and recommended by many jewelry stores. Besides the previously mentioned benefits, LED light is more natural than halogen lighting. Customers are only disappointed when a necklace or bracelet is removed from a display case and it ends up appearing differently when in natural light. This issue can be avoided with LED light. Jewelry will be enhanced in the display, but will not be a different color or tone. LED lighting can also be directed at specific areas, while halogen light radiates in every direction, giving LED a clear advantage in showcasing merchandise.

Environmental Effects

Environmentally-Friendly LED Bulbs

LED lights are environmentally friendly! These lights are 100% recyclable, leaving a small carbon footprint. Not to mention over the lifespan of an LED light, you would use about 25 times the materials to produce the incandescent lightbulbs. There are essentially zero UV emissions from LED lightbulbs. This also makes LED ideal for using in museums to illuminate items, such as artifacts and old documents. Don't risk damaging a piece of history by choosing the wrong lighting!


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