Choosing a Pond Light: LED or Halogen?

As the nights grow warmer there are more opportunities to enjoy your pond well into the evening hours.  Pond and fountain lights are beautiful accents which provide a great deal of flexibility to create the perfect nighttime pondscape.

LED and Halogen are the two primary categories of pond lights, each having their own advantages:

LED Lights
The primary advantage of LED lights is that they last 2 to 10 times longer than halogen lights.  They are also more energy efficient per watt of output, and run cooler making them less likely to warm the pond.  LED lights are more expensive than their Halogen brethren, although the price differential continues to narrow.  The main disadvantage is their lower wattage, with a maximum of 6 to 8 watts available on the market today.

Halogen Lights
Halogen lights are not as durable as LED's, but they are still quite good.  The main advantage is they are available in much higher wattages, commonly available in wattages ranging from 20 to 40 per light.  In addition, most Halogen light sets have color lens covers allowing you to change the color of the lighting effect without having to replace the entire light.   These lights will run quite a bit warmer than LED's, so be aware of potential pond warming effects.