Low Voltage Outdoor Lights: LED vs Halogen | Santa Rita Landscaping

Low Voltage Outdoor Lights: LED vs Halogen

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You don’t have to install expensive high-voltage landscape lighting systems in order to provide your property with safe, aesthetically pleasing illumination. Low voltage lighting solutions such as halogen lamps and LED bulbs ensure that you can keep your grounds lit up at night without incurring an unreasonably high electric bill, and contemporary designs can fit with any architectural style. For help choosing between LED and Halogen, read on.

12 Volt Halogen Outdoor Lights


Halogen lamps, like some other types of incandescent bulb, contain tungsten filaments. This metal reacts with a small amount of iodine or bromine inside the bulb to create a halogen-cycle reaction, which causes the tungsten to evaporate but then re-condense back on the filament. Halogen lamps last longer and produce brighter light than other types of incandescent bulbs. Most Halogen bulbs last 3,000 – 5,000 hours. They are also much more compact than standard bulbs, allowing them to be installed in small, unobtrusive fixtures.

LED Lights

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, use electroluminescent semiconductors to generate bright light in any color. LEDs use even less energy than compact fluorescent lights or even halogen bulbs, making them a very cost-effective option for landscape lighting. Most lighting manufactures guarantee LED Bulbs for 35,000 – 50,000 hours. Though they are initially somewhat more expensive than other types of lighting, LEDs will reduce your energy spending in the long run. Depending on the type of fixtures you use and the number of lights on your property, LEDs can save you up to 75% on your exterior illumination bills as compared to incandescent lights, making them an affordable, sustainable choice.

Tucson property owners seeking custom lighting designs for their property can call Santa Rita Landscaping. As Southern Arizona’s Landscape Solution, we have provided services to homeowners and commercial property owners for over 20 years. Call us at (520) 623-0421 to set up a custom consultation today.

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