LED vs Other Types Of Light Bulbs And Why You’ll Want To Know

These Are The Reasons Everyone Is Switching To LED Light Bulbs For Landscape Lighting In Colorado Springs
Two different types of light bulbs

Compare LED vs halogen and incandescent types of light bulbs and you’ll quickly see why LED light bulbs are the best.

Find out exactly why below-

Time For A Bulb Change

“Josh! Can you see what’s going on with the landscape lights? They aren’t turning on,” yells Melissa.

“On it,” he yells back. Josh walks outside and starts troubleshooting the lights. He found a guide to troubleshooting landscape lights and it’s come in handy so far. He tries a few different ways before he finally figures out what’s going on.

“Looks like a lot of our bulbs are burnt out,” he tells Melissa. She sighs. “Well, it has been a while so I’m not surprised. Let’s pop in some new ones and be done with it.” Josh frowns a little. “Well, I think we should switch bulbs. These aren’t lasting that long and I’d rather not do this.”

Melissa’s eyebrows rise. “Oh, ok. Well, what do you think we should use instead?” Josh gets out his phone and opens up a page on Google. “Here, read this article about LED vs halogen and other types of light bulbs. You’ll see why I want to switch.”

Melissa takes the phone and starts reading. Here is what she reads:

LED vs Other Types Of Light Bulbs

The winner when it comes to LED vs other bulbs is LED. LED bulbs waste less energy, cost less to use, have more color options, don’t burn as hot, and last far longer. LEDs are continually improving so they can outshine other bulb types. They do cost more upfront, but it’s worth it.

LED vs Halogen

Halogens are still a very popular type of light bulb, but LEDs are outshining them.

Halogen light bulb

LEDs have a wider range of brightness and color than halogen bulbs. You can even find LEDs with a similar look to halogens. This is when the other benefits of LEDs come into play. You measure LED brightness in lumens (brightness) and halogen in watts (energy). You get a more accurate measurement of how bright the bulb will shine with LEDs. Measuring in watts basically tells you how hot the bulb will get.

LED light bulb that can change colors

Speaking of brightness, some LEDs are dimmable. You can change the brightness to the level you want! Some LEDs even come with color-changing options. You can make your lights blue, red, or any other color. Halogens can only stay their original brightness and color.

But then there comes the cost. LED bulbs normally cost between $6-8 per bulb while halogen is usually $3-5. At worst you’re paying $5 more per bulb by choosing LED, at best $1.

But, since halogen bulbs waste more energy they cost more to run.

Electricity use by bulb type LED vs halogen and other bulb types

LEDs use 80 percent or more of their energy as light. The rest escapes as heat, but not enough to worry about your kids touching hot bulbs and hurting themselves. Halogens are the exact opposite, meaning they run dimmer and hotter. As for power consumption, in terms of watts LEDs use about 8-20 watts while halogens use 29-72 watts.

Overall, LED lights are better at energy use and are less costly, especially with their long lifespan.

Graph showing the differences in energy efficiency and lifespan for LED vs other types of light bulbs

Halogen bulbs last an average of 1,000 hours. They usually need changing every 1 to 3 years depending on how often you have them on. LEDs can last about 50,000 hours which is 15 or more years.

So, just how much of a difference does LED vs halogen have? According to ledsmagazine.com, replacing a classic 60-watt halogen bulb with an LED can reduce energy consumption by up to 73% and extend the light life by 2,500%!

Some may say an even better switch than this is to go from incandescent to LED.

LED vs Incandescent

When it comes to LED vs incandescent bulbs, there’s another clear winner.

Incandescent light bulb

Incandescents were the classic household light bulb. They make light by heating wires to a certain light-producing temperature. This older technology is slowly phasing out.

You can see the differences in these bulbs in their cost, energy efficiency, and lifespan.

Incandescents cost less than LEDs when you purchase them. But, with their higher energy efficiency, LEDs quickly become less costly than incandescent. With incandescent bulbs, 90% of the energy is let out as heat and 10% as light. LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulb on the market today.

This makes their lifespan HUGE. Left running all the time an LED bulb can last for 6 years. Incandescents have 3,000 total hours which comes to about 1 to 2 years.

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“So with LEDs, we can control the look, save money, and not have to replace them every couple years,” Melissa sums up. Jason nods and smiles. “Exactly. Do you want to see what else I read about landscape lights? Check it out.”