Halogen versus LED Lighting - Which to Choose? February 11 2015
Medical Lighting manufacturers continue to make amazing upgrades to their product lines, introducing new standards in technology. Products like the Midmark Ritter 250 LED Exam Light and the Welch Allyn Green Series 300 Exam Light have left their predecessor Halogen models for “Greener Pastures” in LED technology. Few models still exist that do not offer a LED version and we believe LED will soon replace Halogen as the industry standard. So what are the advantages to LED?
A large advantage to LED light rests in the heat emitted by the bulb. Halogen light burns bright but also produce a lot of heat. This is increasingly troublesome in the Medical Industry where light is used close to the skin. LED lights have low heat output, which makes them safer for Medical Professionals like OBGYN and Dermatologists.
Energy Consumption is an increasingly important factor today. It takes a lot of energy to produce the hot bright light that Halogen bulbs give off. LED uses a fraction of the power that Halogen uses. While the amount of energy an Exam Light will use probably isn’t enough to save big amounts of money, it is still a very important factor that could be a part of future (if not present) state regulations.
The life of the bulb is another very important, and sometime overlooked factor between the two types of lighting. LED bulbs last incredibly longer than Halogen which will save dollars in the long run.
Price is a huge benefit Halogen has over LED. Halogen is priced considerably less than LED making it a popular choice. For example, the Brewer 18100 Halogen Exam Light currently costs just under $200, as compares to Midmark’s 250 LED Exam Light which currently costs around $350.
When purchasing any Medical Lighting product from MonsterMed, consider everything that you read in this post. While you might pay a little more upfront for an LED product, you will save in the long run. Plus, benefits like lower heat, better energy conservation and a longer life will save you money and improve patient comfort. And for today’s competitive medical Healthcare landscape, nothing is more important!