Tough Choice: How to Choose LED vs. Halogen Lights

Tough Choice: How to Choose LED vs. Halogen Lights

31st Jul 2018

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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