Light-emitting diodes use less power than any other bulb on the market and they have extra-long life spans. They are not as bright as conventional halogen bulbs, and the light they produce can have an unnatural look. Their initial purchase price is expensive compared with other types of bulbs, but this is offset over the long run by their low running costs.
Low-voltage landscape lights run at 12 volts. They come in affordable kit sets, making them easy to buy and install. The bulbs do not last anywhere near as long as LEDs, but they produce a more natural light. They are cheaper than LEDs to set up and are inexpensive to run --- although not quite as cheap as LEDs.
LEDs are better overall bulbs and are believed to be the future of lighting, and once the technology becomes more prevalent the bulbs' price will become more affordable. But as of 2011, low-voltage lights remain the most accessible option for the budget conscious and are recommended by experts as good lighting options for the garden.
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