Replacing Metal Halide Bulbs with LEDs

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 Lamp

ProsCons
  • Considerably long lifespan
    • Requires ballast to operate
    • Can be used for indoor or outdoor lighting
    • Lower energy efficiency to LED bulbs
    • Slow start-up, slow cool-down
    • Color diminishes over time
    • Brightness diminishes over time
     
    • High maintenance costs

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

    Common Applications

    • Street Lights
    • Parking Lots
    • Warehouses
    • Industrial Lighting
    • Outdoor Landscape Lighting
    • Interior High Bays

    What is the equivalent wattage for LED bulbs?

    Metal HalideLED LampLumen OutputEnergy Savings
    70 watts30 watts4,600 lumens65%
    100 watts40-50 watts7,700 lumens61%
    150 watts 60-70 watts8,700 lumens61%
    175 watts 80-90 watts 8,700 lumens68%
    250 watts100 watts16,400 lumens 71%
    400 watts 150 watts24,600 lumens66%

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    Shakir Williams
    Shakir Williams

    A true creative with a penchant for the spiritual and natural order. She loves the Earth, almost as much as she loves writing about it.

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