Switching from Halogen to LED: When is your system too old


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After 25 years in business, we've seen a lot of progress and change within the landscape lighting industry. As with anything, newer landscape lighting technology and efficiency is developed and becomes available over time. An outdoor lighting system installed many years ago may becoming old or even obsolete compared to today's standards. 

One big change from when we first came into the business is the use of LED lighting and the technology behind it. Back then, halogen bulbs dominated the landscape lighting industry.  LED technologically and fiscally could not compete with the cost-effectiveness and reliability of halogen bulbs.

It was not until about five years ago that LED began to take over and become the industry standard. Now, it has become the choice of many outdoor lighting professionals due to its longevity, energy efficiency, and overall better quality.

For outdoor lighting systems installed prior to the LED take over, it's possible that the fixtures may or may not be compatible with LED bulbs. New fixtures (with the latest and greatest technology) will need to replace any that are incompatible. While some fixtures might need to be upgraded (depending on the age of your system), the good news is that most often the other components remain in good shape and need very little redesign. Plus, if you choose to work with us, all of our new fixtures include a lifetime warranty. More recently installed systems likely include fixtures compatible with LED bulbs. 

It's possible that your halogen lighting system can be converted to LED whether it's just a few years old or several years old. McKay Landscape Lighting offers free LED Conversion assessments. One of our designers will visit your property to evaluate your system and then provide a comprehensive plan for converting a halogen lighting system to LED. 

Looking to Enhance Your Property?

Our dedicated team at McKay Landscape Lighting works with you to create a custom landscape lighting design that's unique to your property. From design to installation to service, you can count on our team of experts to make sure you are happy with your lighting system for years to come. 

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