LED vs Halogen Lights: The Key Differences

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More and more people are changing their preferences for interior lighting solutions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, only 15% of homes rely on halogen or incandescent light. More are using LED lights. Let’s look at the key differences between LED and halogen lights.

How They Work

Halogen lights can burn hotter than incandescent ones for longer periods of time thanks to the halogen gas that is released when they are turned on. While this is beneficial, there’s a reason that these lights aren’t sold as much compared to LED lights, which use a diode to convert electricity to light.


When you purchase new interior lighting, you no doubt want to get the best value for your money. Halogen lights might cost less than LED lights, but they don’t emit as much light and also burn out far faster than LED bulbs. You’ll get a much better value with LED lights.

Brightness Level

Light brightness is based on a scale of lumens per watt. The higher the number, the brighter it will be. In our experience, halogen lights usually run as high as 24 lumens per watt, while LED lights go up to 100 lumens per watt. In other words, you’ll get a much better brightness level from LED.

Color Temperature

The color temperature of lights is ranked on the Kelvin scale. We’ve found that halogen lights are about 3,000 Kelvin, which makes them whiter than their incandescent counterparts (2,700 Kelvin). LED lights, however, have a much larger range on the Kelvin scale, ranging between 1,800 and 6,500 Kelvin. You’ll have more choices with LED.


The biggest difference between LED and halogen lights is the amount of energy used. LED lights use far less energy than their incandescent and halogen counterparts. In fact, some states won’t even sell incandescent or halogen lights because they won’t meet energy code requirements. LED lights can save you a large sum on your energy bills.

If you’re looking for the best lights, going with LED is a safe bet due to the numerous advantages outlined above. Are you interested in upgrading your interior lighting? Premier Lighting will be happy to help you. Contact us today to learn more about our expansive inventory.

Posted 4/10/24