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​Comparing LED lights to halogen bulbs

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We’ve had some time now to get used to the newer forms of LED lighting that are on the market. They’re better for the environment, they’re energy efficient and they last a lot longer than the older “traditional” bulbs. But how do they compare with halogen lighting? We’ve given you a bit of a bulb comparison, so read on for our thoughts on LED versus halogen.

If you’re after a light that lasts at least 10 years, uses practically all the electricity it requires (as opposed to throwing it out as heat) and is safer (always cool to touch) then the obvious choice is LED. They use from about 7 to 20 watts per hour, and keep lighting your home for about 50,000 hours. LED bulbs are also very good at directing the light into one specific spot, which makes them perfect for study areas and anywhere with art works on display. They don’t heat up, as the light they produce is generated not by creating heat but by electrons giving off energy (it’s all very scientific); they are perfect for areas that may become warm on their own or that you’d like to minimise heat in.

LED bulbs, though, can be a little more expensive to purchase up front; you need to remember that the cost is borne out over a much longer time frame, making them a more cost effective choice if you can afford the initial outlay.

Halogen bulbs, on the other hand, while still more efficient than the older incandescent bulbs, are a distant second to LED. They’re bright and cheaper to purchase up front, and while they may not last as long as LED they remain a popular choice. Their electricity requirements can be as much as 500 watts per hour, though, and they generally only last about 1000 to 2000 hours. They generate their light using heat and this can mean halogen lights might not be the proper choice, depending on the room you’re needing them for – children’s rooms and kitchens don’t want extra heat or hot bulbs, so think twice before installing them in these areas. They also waste about 80% of the electricity they need, making them less than energy efficient.

So what does all this mean for the humble customer wishing to purchase a bulb to illuminate their room?

You need to consider a few things:

  • What is my initial outlay?
  • What will that outlay secure over the long term?
  • How energy efficient is the bulb I purchase?
  • How environmentally friendly will the bulb be while I use it and when the time comes to dispose of it?

We think our bulb comparison gives you the answer.

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