Landscape Lighting: 5 Reasons You Should Switch to LED
Living here in the Lowcountry, we have the luxury of enjoying our gardens for the majority of the year. This luxury shouldn’t stop just because the sun went down! Lighting your landscape truly takes full advantage of your home and adds tremendous value and beauty. Whether you currently have lighting or are debating having it installed, there are several options to explore.
We’ve created a list highlighting the benefits of using LED lighting over incandescent lighting, the biggest difference being initial cost vs. long-term costs. Enjoy!
When it comes to energy, LED lights are the way to go. LED bulbs use approximately 80 percent less wattage than other bulbs and as a result will cut back on not only your energy consumption but your ecological footprint as well. Not to mention LED bulbs are 100 percent recyclable and because of their long lifespan they will reduce solid waste by preventing fifty 1,000 hour incandescent bulbs from being thrown away!
Pro tip: Check out the rebates/incentives/tax credits available in your state for switching to LED.
Did you know up to 90 percent of energy produced by incandescent bulbs is given off as heat? Since their watt consumption is significantly higher, incandescent light bulbs can become so hot that they cannot be touched after running for only a short period of time. This increases the risk of an accident should any flammable material come in contact with a hot bulb. LED bulbs create far less heat than your traditional light fixture.
An LED bulb has an average lifespan of up to 50,000 hours compared to a 1,000 to 2,000 hour lifespan for your average incandescent bulbs. That means if you run your system for 8 hours every night, your LED bulbs will last around 17 years. That’s approximately 50 times longer than your average incandescent light!
Though an LED light fixture will cost roughly 1.5 to 2 times the amount of an incandescent fixture, its cost will pay off in the long term. Since LED bulbs use significantly less wattage, you will be saving money spent on your electricity bill. And because these bulbs have a longer lifespan, you will not only save money replacing them as often as you would an incandescent bulb, but you will be saving time on inconvenient service calls to have your bulbs replaced.
Landscape lighting is an art and LED lights allow for a wider and warmer color palette. Brighten your yard with more directional lighting. Place LED lights inside your pond or use them as a decorative border. Use an LED light behind your backyard waterfall to utilize your landscape design or place them along a path to light the way. No matter the method, the results will add beauty and value to any home.
Are you ready to upgrade to LED lights? Switching to LED lights is a task best left to professionals. Luckily we’re here to help. Give us a call today!