All lights are not created equal. There are many defining differences that are easy to compare between a Halogen light bulb and an LED light bulb. But before we compare, lets take a look at the basics; How does an LED bulb or Halogen bulb produce light?
A Halogen light is basically an incandescent light bulb. Both a Halogen bulb and the standard incandescent bulb use a tungsten filament that when heated, will produce light. The only difference is that a Halogen bulb contains traces of Halogen in their fill gas. Halogens are a more efficient version of the incandescent bulb and are known for their ability to start up without flickering.
LED is the acronym for a Light Emitting Diode that illuminates when an electrical current runs between two electrodes in an arc pattern within its semiconductor structure. LED’s are the most ‘energy efficient lighting’ that we have available today by using 1/10th the amount of energy to light than the standard incandescent bulb.
The life span of a Halogen light is generally between 2,000 and 5,000 hours, which is at least twice as long as the standard incandescent light bulb. By comparison, an LED light bulb will last up to 50,000 hours, a life span that is 10 times longer than that of a Halogen bulb and more than 20 times greater than the standard light bulb. That means you would have to change your Halogen light 10 times and your standard bulb between 20 – 40 times before your LED light will need to be replaced.
An LED bulb will use only 1/4 the amount of electrical power or watts to create the same amount of light as a Halogen bulb and 10 times less wattage than a standard incandescent light. For example; the standard 40 watt incandescent bulb is equal in illumination to a Halogen bulb which uses only 20 watts of power. However, an LED bulb using a mere 4.5 watts of power can still produce the same amount of light.
This may not seem like a big deal, but when you factor in the electricity used in an average home, 25% of it is accounted for in lighting the home alone. Using an LED lighting system creates financial savings for you and a tremendous reduction in energy needed to power the planet.
The benefits of using LED bulbs far outweigh Halogen or standard incandescent lights because they are much more energy efficient, have a long life span, burn cool, are mercury-free, durable and cost effective over the lifetime of the LED bulb.