We all want to have a great looking yard and it all starts with the landscaping. Once you have everything trimmed and planted the way you want it, the next thing to think about is how you want your lighting to look in your newly landscaped yard. Around your home you may still use incandescent bulbs, but those aren't the only option you have when it comes your outdoor lighting system.
You have a ton of choices when it comes to what type of lighting to use for the outdoors, from incandescent bulbs that are traditional, to more energy efficient options, the choices are nearly limitless.
LED outdoor lighting a great option for those that want something that is better than the typical options. To help you make the best choice when having your landscape lighting put together, the folks at JC Landscapes want to give you all the information you need to make the right decision for your landscaping lighting. In this post we'll discuss some of the advantages of LED landscape lighting as well as examples of some excellent products to use for your next project.
For those that may be unaware, LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is a special type of lighting that is different from the usual incandescent bulbs. Not only are they 90% more efficient than other bulbs, they have a number of other advantages as well.
One of the main things that makes LED lighting different and more suitable for landscaping is the versatility of the various types of products. A standard incandescent bulb is not nearly as suitable for an exterior space as LED fixtures and other types of outdoor LED lights.
We've already discussed a few things about LED outdoor lighting, but now well cover some of the specific advantages of different LED bulbs, LED lights, and different landscape lighting setups.
No matter the size of your property and how much light output you need, you should always put energy efficiency at the top of your list of factors when talking with your landscaper about the design plan. Not only are outdoor LED lights much more energy efficient that incandescent lights, fluorescent bulbs and pretty much every other type of conventional lighting, they use less energy over time, and they put off considerably more light for what they use.
In terms of energy consumption, you can rest assured that you will have a well lit home for a fraction of the price, meaning tons in energy savings and lower electricity bills while still being eco-friendly and having the outdoor space you've always dreamed of.
Another of the many benefits of being eco friendly is that LED bulbs produce less heat and are programmable to only work at night or when you want them to be on.
Less heat saves your lighting system a lot of stress and can prevent premature damage to the system over time.
The average lifespan of a typical lightbulb is around 1,000 hours. By comparison, a standard LED bulb can last as long as 100,000 hours. That's 100 times as long as a typical incandescent bulb. That means that LED bulbs, while using a minimal amount of electricity can last anywhere in the neighborhood of 20 years before needing to be replaced.
Even when using a large amount of these bulbs, the savings on energy usage and overall lifespan make them the optimal choice for exterior lighting elements. Even if you only want to use them to light up your house at night for security, the benefits of LED's and the money you'll be saving are well worth the effort.
One of the main reasons that your local landscaping contractor will choose to use LED lights as part of your landscape lighting design is that they are built to last in harsh weather conditions. Other types of outdoor lights are much more susceptible wind and rain making them more likely to break and need replacing. Outdoor LED lighting is made specifically tested for the harshest outdoor conditions.
This also means reduced maintenance for all your outdoor landscape fixtures.
When you're thinking about what it is you want to do with your outdoor living spaces, LED lights are the most versatile option around. Products ranging from standalone LED lights to LED lamps, to entire systems that can be automatically controlled and are available from prominent vendors like Luminaire.
Whether you want a few LED lamps to light a walkway, or you're interested in a full landscape lighting design package, there are LED lights that will fill your needs.
Now that we've talked about energy efficiency and all the other benefits of LED lights, we thought we'd take a minute to discuss some of the options you have when it comes to your lights outside your home.
There are a few types of LED light systems that you can pick from to get the desired look.
Light choices range from simple LED light fixtures that hang on a wall, to path lighting, up lights, down lights, and even underwater LED lights. As you know the bulbs are designed to last for years and LED bulbs are also weather and impact resistant so that no matter where you put your hardware upgrades, you'll have a sound investment.
You can even invest in LED light controllers that can automate the process of turning the lights on and off, operate set groups of lights and even display colors and patterns if you're going for a seasonal decorative theme.
Check out Luminaire's vast array of products for yourself to see about some of your possible options.
There you have it, some of the major benefits to LED landscape lighting to consider when you're ready to upgrade your outdoor space. JC Landscapes is proud to provide all your outdoor lighting, landscaping and hardscaping needs.
We hope the next time you want to do something outdoors, you'll consider LED lights as part of your project.