“You won’t even notice a difference.”
That’s what I tell homeowners when they’re a bit on the fence about LED outdoor lighting, often admitting they “don’t like the look of LEDs.”
If that sounds like something you might say and if your landscape lighting system is still made up of incandescent and halogen bulbs, you’re going to want to hear this.
What Is LED Lighting?
LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. And without getting too technical, that basically means an LED is an electronic device that emits light when an electrical current is passed through it. Traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs are quite the opposite in that they burn/heat a piece of wire called a filament to emit light.
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Illuminating your home with LEDs is no longer some futuristic, techie experiment packed with bugs, glitches and unreliability. Here are five reasons Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah has come to rely on outdoor LED lighting.
Is LED Landscape Lighting Efficient?
there are many benefits of LED. Low-voltage LED landscape lighting uses a fraction — 15-20 percent — of the electricity we use with halogen or incandescent bulbs. To put it in perspective, imagine your electricity bill is $100 per month using strictly traditional lighting. A switch to LED landscape lighting could reduce that bill to as little as $20.
Our well-designed LED outdoor lighting systems deliver more light more efficiently to a targeted location than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs ever did.
How Long Do LED Bulbs Last?
Another LED positive comes with bulb replacement, or the lack thereof. Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah recommends replacing halogen bulbs once a year. With LEDs, we replace them only when they fail. And don’t hold your breath for that, because many of today’s LED bulbs are rated to last 50,000 hours and come backed with warranties of up to five years.
LEDs are solidly built, too, and able to withstand shocks, vibrations and other external impacts.
How Eco-Friendly Are LED Lights?
Reducing energy consumption is a very green thing to do and LED lighting can help you do that in a big way. But LEDs have another eco-friendly quality that can shrink your carbon footprint another shoe size: LED lights are 100 percent recyclable and free of any toxic materials.
LED landscape lighting can even help reduce light pollution.
What Colors Are LED Lights Available In?
Back in the day, one major knock against outdoor LED lighting was its limited, stark color palette. Not anymore. No matter your preference, today’s LEDs are available in a full array of cooler colors, warmer tones and everything in between.
Is LED Landscape Lighting Safe?
I know, I know, safety first. Incandescent (and halogen) bulbs are notorious for producing a lot of heat: Up to 90 percent of its energy is given off as heat. So when leaves and certain mulches come in contact with a hot bulb during the fall and winter, a very real fire risk occurs.
On the other hand, LEDs are cool customers, emitting little if any heat at all. And you know what that means: No heat, no fire.
Save Money And Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Long Lasting LEDs
It’s true the initial cost to install an LED outdoor lighting system comes in a little higher than your traditional halogen landscape lighting.
In the previous 23-word sentence, only one word matters: Initial. Thanks to a longer lasting product and dramatically reduced energy consumption, utilizing low-voltage LED lighting in a Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah design can actually save you money in the end.
To learn more about outdoor LED lighting in your landscape, call (801) 440-7647 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our simple contact form.
Located in Sandy, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves customers throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Holladay. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects from Salt Lake County and Utah County, to Davis County and Summit County — and beyond.