July 31, 2018
Stuck on whether to go LED or halogen for your landscape lighting?
Our recommendation: If you can swing the higher upfront cost of LED bulbs, they’re the better option for landscape lighting.
Here’s why. LED lighting:
Before we get into more detail, let’s first go over the difference between halogen and LED bulbs.
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LED (light-emitting diode) is a type of lighting that uses a microchip to emit light in one direction, where halogen (energy-saving incandescent) uses a metal filament to emit light in all directions.
Because LED lights have more advanced technology, they have more benefits over halogen lights. However, they’re also more expensive. See the chart below for a side-by-side comparison of LED and halogen lights:
You’re probably wondering what installation costs look like for the two types of landscape lighting.
Well, the biggest driving factor of your installation cost will be how many fixtures you install. You can expect to pay:
In addition to whether you choose LED or halogen, your installation cost will depend on:
Now, we’ll break down why LED is the better option for your home’s landscape lighting.
While LED bulbs cost more than halogen upfront ($20–$40 per bulb compared to halogen’s $4–$10 per bulb), LED bulbs last much longer. This means you’ll spend a lot less money—not to mention time—replacing bulbs with LED lighting.
Here’s what that looks like in dollars:
*How often you need to replace bulbs depends on how often you use your landscape lighting.
In short, LED bulbs give you more light for your money.
According to Energy.gov, LEDs use 70–75% less energy than halogen bulbs. For context, a 12W LED bulb can put out the same amount of light (measured in lumens) as a 43W halogen bulb.
Also, the “directional” light of LEDs (mentioned above) reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This makes LEDs more efficient for landscape lighting, which involves casting light in a specific direction to highlight an object.
Because LED lights are a solid-state form of lighting (i.e., uses semiconductors to turn electricity into light), they can endure more impact than halogen’s fragile filaments. This makes them the preferred option for landscape lighting in Sarasota, which has to withstand thunderstorms and other rough weather.
Plus, LED lights give off a lot less heat than halogen (80% of their energy is released as heat), which means: