Landscape Lighting Option big on Energy Savings
Outdoor lighting is a great security device. It deters would-be burglars who like their targets to have less ambiance and thus more hiding places.
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But, if you use incandescent bulbs in your landscaping, you may still be a victim of theft. You see, running incandescent bulbs are expensive. They don’t last long and the typical incandescent eats up to 90 percent more energy than other more efficient lighting sources. So, the real burglar could be hiding in an envelope from San Diego Gas and Electric.
The LED alternative
Light-emitting diode (LEDs) lights are the most efficient means of using energy when it comes to lighting your landscape. Consider the following:
- LED lights use up 90 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
- LED lights can last up to 25,000 hours. Compare this to incandescent bulbs, which have a lifespan of about 2,000 hours.
- Unlike other the other energy-saving bulbs, like CFLs (those curly cue light bulbs), LED lights can be dimmed with ease.
- LED lights use about 75 percent less energy than the greener lighting options produced three to five years ago.
- And so you know according to MSN.com, 98 percent of the energy used in incandescent lights is given off as heat.
LED would appear to be the perfect alternative, but since it is the newest lighting technology on the block, it comes with a hitch. The up-front cost of LED lights is expensive. The same MSN article says a 60-watt bulb, the kind you might put in a lamp, costs about $40.
However, homeowners are getting more for their pretty penny. Most people thought LED lights came in fluorescent colors that litter their landscapes with a neon blue. But, I am here to say that this isn’t the case any longer. I may have agreed with this apparent flaw a few years ago, but LED light manufacturers have come out with soft white colors that will not leave your yard bathed in electric blue. Basically, LED manufacturers coated blue lights with phosphor, a substance that emits light when energized. It’s the same substance you would find on the inside of television screens.
The result is a soft white color that is indistinguishable from the typical incandescent bulb. Out crews have replaced old lighting systems with LED landscaping lights in San Diego since the technology has matured. We have yet to hear a client complain their landscapes appear “cold” or bathed in blue light.
In addition to softer colors, LED manufacturers have come out with a variety of landscaping products. You can replace just about any type of bulb in your lighting inventory, from spotlights to pathway lights to a string of lights. Another good thing is that switching to an array LED landscape lights is also pretty simple. In the past, making the switch would mean having to retrofit the old lighting system with new fixtures. In most cases, you don’t have to do this. It’s often just a matter of replacing an incandescent bulb with its LED equivalent.
Contact Le Perv Landscape Inc. with any concerns about updating to energy-efficient LED lights. We’ll be happy to shed light on this newest of landscaping trends.