Led or halogen ?

Led or Halogen?

Which should I use? Led or halogen? Led is too expensive, Leds are too blue, Led cannot be dimmed, etc.. ? Yeah... We have heard those old sayings too... Truth is that many low end, cheap market leds are not good enough and not dimmable.

Led light prices have gone down, power and Lumen output has come up and they are better than ever.

So why should you buy Halogen that consumes energy or Mercury filled energy saving lamp that wont work on winter.. ? No more continuous bulb changes (and those high ceilings?!) or big electric bills!



Power LED

Lamp lifetime 2500 hours

Lamp lifetime 50000 hours

Lamp age 1X

Lamp age 25X

Lamp operating temperature 250°C

Lamp operating temperature 70°C

Energy consumption 50W (5,5X)

Energy consumption 9W (1X)

Luminous Flux @ 1m 500 Lux

Luminous Flux @ 1m 600 Lux

Luminous Eff. 12 lumens/w

Luminous Eff. 90 lumens/w

Light colour just one

Light colour multiple options

Light colour upkeep Bad

Light colour upkeep Good

UV tai IR radiation Yes

UV tai IR radiation No

Heavymetals Yes

Heavymetals No

Shock proof No

Shock proof Yes

Buying price Cheap

Buying price Expensive

Lifetime cost Expensive

Lifetime cost Cheap

6 biggest advantages of led lights compared to halogen


Halogens create a lot of heath (> 250°C), that might be harmfull for the objects and surfaces that are being lit. It is clear that if halogen gets hot and that created a hazard if the light gets in contact with flammable fabrics or if you accidentially touch the light. The need to install fireproof cups inside the ceilings and by having to lower ceilings even more because of the nature of halogens is not desired. Leds on the other hand are safe to touch, even when they have been on for hours. In public spaces you even save on ventilation expences as led doesn't heat the room, so no need for extra cooling.

Electricity bills

With a 9W led you can replace a 50W-75W halogen. Halogen lights produce IR radiation, so most of the energy goes up in heat, not as light. With leds you can save up to 80% in lighting expences.

No UV-radiation

Quartz glow wire that the halogens mostly based on, sends high UV-radiation, that requires glass on the bulb as well as careful manifacturing. Led does not send UV-radiation and is safe to be used even in museums and art galleries.


Halogen manufactures (big ones) give a lifetime expectancy of 2.500h (few years with 4h/day consuption) for theur halogens. LED lights (mostly) have a lifetime of 50.000h (34 years with 4h/day consumption). Imagine the money saved when you do not need to buy even bulbs for your lights in the near future!

Light colour

Halogne light is in between 2800K and 3500K depending on the manufacturer and bulb type. LED offers you multible choises depending on the seller. We mostly sell lights with either 3000K or 4000K light colour, but we also have 3500K (led strip 17W/m) as well as RGB strips with a whole lot of colours! LED keeps it colour temperature well as halogen does not and the temperature start changing quite early.

No passive flaws

The glow wire of halogen is pressured, which is its weakness. You can not touch the halogen with bare hands, but must use glowes to change your bulbs as getting the grease of your hands to the bulb shortens it's lifetime. When the halogen comes near to it's end, they sometimes might even explode (the glass breaks) and then you will have hot glass scattered around your flat. LEDs are made differently, with no moving parts inside, so it is sturdy, shockproof and safe to touch.


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