Replacing Metal Halide Bulbs with LEDs

By Shakir Williams on 04/09/2018

before and after metal halide to LED outdoor light fixtures

Metal halide light fixtures are commonly used for outdoor lighting and can offer several lumen outputs. Although they are the traditional lighting option for many contractors, LED lighting fixtures are becoming the norm.

Many contractors are choosing LED light bulbs as an energy efficient alternative to metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps. In addition to their efficiency, LEDs have a considerably long lifespan, making them virtually maintenance free.

If you're looking for a metal halide replacement, you should consider switching to LED. Not only do they provide the same level of brightness, but at a much lower wattage. You could have over 70% in energy savings. Still not sure which option is best for you?  Let's measure the pros and cons! 

metal halide light bulb

Metal Halide Lamp

Pros Cons
orange checkConsiderably long lifespan orange checkRequires ballast to operate
orange checkCan be used for indoor or outdoor lighting orange checkLower energy efficiency to LED bulbs
orange checkHigh lumen output orange checkSlow start-up, slow cool-down
orange checkOffers various color temperatures orange checkColor diminishes over time
orange checkHigh color rendering orange checkBrightness diminishes over time
  orange checkHigh maintenance costs

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Metal Halide bulbs are commonly found in commercial applications that require a high level of brightness. 

Common Applications

orange checkStreet Lights

orange checkParking Lots

orange checkWarehouses

orange checkIndustrial Lighting

orange checkOutdoor Landscape Lighting

orange checkInterior High Bays

before and after metal halide to LED warehouse light fixtures

What is the equivalent wattage for LED bulbs?

Metal Halide LED Lamp Lumen Output Energy Savings
70 watts 30 watts 4,600 lumens 65%
100 watts 40-50 watts 7,700 lumens 61%
150 watts  60-70 watts 8,700 lumens 61%
175 watts  80-90 watts  8,700 lumens 68%
250 watts 100 watts 16,400 lumens  71%
400 watts  150 watts 24,600 lumens 66%

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