Tough Choice: How to Choose LED vs. Halogen Lights

You’ve found the perfect lamp—so, do you put an LED or Halogen bulb in it? Here’s what you need to know.

  • Halogen bulbs last up to 2,000 hours, which is twice as much as incandescent bulbs but not as long as LED bulbs.
  • Halogen bulbs produce infrared light, which can be damaging to artwork and fabrics
  • Halogen lights are sensitive to your skin’s oils, so you need to wear gloves when putting them in your lamps
  • Halogen bulbs get incredibly hot with use, and should not be touched until they have been allowed to cool (Another byproduct of their heat: they require air condition equipment to work harder).
  • Halogen bulbs are fragile--particularly when they’re close to rotating equipment like fans or compressors. Because of their delicate filament, vibration can shorten their lifespan.
  • LED bulbs can last up to 25,000 hours, while LED tubes are normally rated for 50,000 hours.
  • LED bulbs can use as much as 80% percent less energy than halogen bulbs.
  • LED bulbs are more expensive, but make up their cost over time by saving energy and preventing frequent lamp replacements.
  • LED bulbs are generally shatterproof.
  • LED bulbs are cooler to the touch after use (care is still advised!)
  • LED bulbs are available in various colors and color temperatures.
  • LEDs are free of any harmful chemicals or gases.

So, LEDs are best, right? Trick question. You should always refer to your lamp’s manual—and talk to a FLOS expert if necessary—when finding the bulb that is compatible to your device.

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