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How do Low-Quality and High-Quality LED Lights Differ?

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Are all LED lights energy efficient on the same level? What’s the difference between a high-quality LED and lower-grade technology?

The answers – all LEDs are certainly not equally energy efficient and the differences from one LED to the next can be enormous.

What’s the difference between LED and incandescent/halogen lights?

When you buy high-quality LED lights, the technology you invest in outperforms rival lighting devices in every way. The biggest difference between LED and halogen bulbs (also fluorescent, incandescent etc.) is their reduced energy consumption. In short, LEDs require up to 80% less power to produce the same amount of light. Less power required, lower energy bills and less pollution in general.

Still, not all LED lights are cut from the same cloth in terms of quality, performance and energy efficiency. Which is why you need to be proactive when choosing which products to purchase. There are a few key things to take into account along the way, in order to ensure you walk away with the best bulbs on the market.

Weight and Feel

For example, you can usually tell a lot about the quality on an LED simply from the way it feels. If it feels solid, durable and high-quality in general, chances are it is. If it feels light, flimsy and somewhat cheap…well, you can probably figure out the rest! It takes premium materials and components to produce outstanding LED lighting technology – not bargain-basement plastics and cheap metallic elements.

LED Chip

The LED chip itself is what will determine the quality and performance of the bulb. As such, it’s always worth checking or asking where it came from and which brand manufactured it. There are certain chip providers with reputations for excellence that go over and above others in a big way. If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as necessary.

Light Quality

The rare earth phosphor that goes into LEDs isn’t cheap. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to produce LEDs that are capable of delivering the best possible light quality. Where low quality phosphor is used to keep costs to minimums, the quality of the light emitted will be affected as a result. Which is why even when two LEDs may look identical on the surface, the way they perform could be entirely different.


Cheaper LEDs tend to have the same optics, regardless of their intended purpose. Which means that across various applications like spotlighting, ambient lighting and so on, the bulbs are created equally as one-size-fits-all products. Which results in performance that isn’t comparable to that of quality LED lights with more specific, targeted optics.


Last but not least, quality LEDs will always represent far better value for money than their cheaper counterparts. Even if they cost more to pick up initially, what you take away in terms of performance, efficiency, energy savings and long-term durability adds up to a far superior package.