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
|Considerably long lifespan||Requires ballast to operate|
|Can be used for indoor or outdoor lighting||Lower energy efficiency to LED bulbs|
|High lumen output||Slow start-up, slow cool-down|
|Offers various color temperatures||Color diminishes over time|
|High color rendering||Brightness diminishes over time|
|High maintenance costs|
Metal Halide bulbs are commonly found in commercial applications that require a high level of brightness.
Outdoor Landscape Lighting
Interior High Bays
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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