When choosing between a halogen vs. LED outdoor lighting system, energy efficiency has become a key issue. LED bulbs have a longer lifespan and are more energy-efficient than halogen bulbs. LED lighting systems will also require less maintenance than a system outfitted with halogen bulbs. Because of the significant savings in regards to the maintenance cost of an LED system, LED fixtures are even recommended in the hard-to-reach locations of outdoor lighting systems that are otherwise primarily halogen-based. Halogen fixtures, on the other hand, cost less initially.

Cincinnati, Ohio is upgrading their previous high-pressure sodium and mercury vapor fixtures to LED for the energy-efficiency and maintenance-related cost-savings, and are often seeing a return on investment in approximately 5 years. Annual cost is not the only reason Cincinnati is upgrading to an LED lighting system. The new LED outdoor lighting systems also produce more light, enhancing the safety of the students and residents. The city of Chicago, Illinois, is also hoping to drastically decrease their level of light pollution through upgrading their high-pressure sodium fixtures to LED.

LED and halogen are both good options, but LED systems will usually pay for themselves in roughly 5 years. Regardless of the technology, the most important facet of outdoor lighting installation is proper design, careful planning, and proper installation. While an informed customer with extra time, a good work ethic, the willingness to learn and the proper tools can design and install their own outdoor lights, it is best to call a professional who can design, install, and maintain the system for you. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio offers a free consultation. We’ll also create a free custom lighting system design for your home, and we’ll even let you see your own home with the lights installed before you commit to your purchase. Just call us at (937) 885-7587.