Instead of flipping the switch, today’s landscape lighting blog post is all about making the switch. The switch to LED landscape lighting, that is.
At Neave Lighting, we encounter home and business owners all the time who are generally interested in either installing new landscape lighting from the ground up or bringing an existing LED outdoor landscape lighting system into the 21st century.
Whatever your project calls for, Neave Lighting always employs the best energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting available in the industry.
You might be thinking: What’s so great about LEDs? Plenty. And here’s a closer look at the many benefits of outdoor lighting with LED over the use of traditional light bulbs like incandescent or halogens.
What Does LED Mean?
LED is short for Light-Emitting Diode. Unlike standard halogen and incandescent bulbs that heat a filament in order to produce light, LEDs are electronic, emitting light when an electrical current passes through.
While this difference might sound minor, the benefits produced from an LED’s design are significant. Here’s what we mean:
The Benefits of LED Landscape Lighting
LED lighting is low voltage, which means it uses considerably less electricity than incandescent or halogen bulbs. If you’re used to paying $100 for your monthly bill using traditional lighting, switching over to LED lighting can cause your bill to dip to $20 a month.
Now you know LED lights are up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional lighting. To go a step further, it’s worth mentioning that 95 percent of the energy in an LED bulb is converted into light and 5 percent is wasted as heat. This favorable ratio keeps LEDs cool to touch and reduces the risk of fire hazards and burns to your skin. Conversely, fluorescent lights convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5 percent into light. Sounds hot — and not in the good way.
In addition to reducing energy waste, LEDs are considered an eco-wise landscaping lighting choice because they are free of toxic elements (like mercury) and don’t require special recycling instructions.
Did you know there’s an LED replacement for almost every lighting fixture? Whether temporary or long-term, retrofitting your current landscape lighting system with LEDs tends to be an easy money-saving, energy-saving investment for property owners.
If you want to have more control over the architectural features of your home’s exterior at night, outdoor lighting with LEDs can make that happen. LEDs minimize “light pollution” because it casts what we like to call directional light — so it goes exactly where you want it to.
LEDs aren’t encapsulated in glass and do not use a filament or neon gas. So what? Well, this actually makes LEDs more durable than traditional lighting. They can stand up to shock, constant vibration and serious fluctuations in temperature.
LEDs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs. Neave Lighting’s LED bulbs have a 7-year warranty (50,000 hour life!) and our transformers have a lifetime warranty. LEDs have become the most set-it-and-forget-it lighting option available today. And it’s not uncommon for an LED’s lifespan to stretch 17-20 years when running an average of eight hours a night.
Long gone are the days when LEDs only came in one cold, white-bluish hue. Much like the sun’s rays, LED light bulbs emit full-spectrum lighting. Today’s improved LED bulbs have the same warm, pleasing hue as halogen.
You know those pesky summertime insects drawn to your patio and landscape lighting? There’s a good chance these insects are there because of the UV light coming from the halogen light bulbs. LEDs don’t emit this type of UV light, which is great news if you’re interested in reducing the presence of fluttering backyard bugs. And who isn’t interested in that?
Let Neave Add Much Needed Light To Your Outdoor Living Space
LED landscape lighting ideas are pretty great, right? There are many reasons to consider LED landscape lights that go beyond saving money and energy — even though those are some of the best features.
Neave Lighting uses the best energy-efficient exterior lighting available in the industry to highlight your pool, front door, entryway, walkway or driveway. Our fully customized landscape lighting design, installation and maintenance lighting solutions are available for any residential or commercial property owner.
Add a warm ambiance to your home or place of business — at night — while catching the eye of all your visitors.
Contact Neave Lighting today to get started on your outdoor landscape lighting design. Our outdoor lighting professionals will work with you to create a lighting plan with a well-lit, beautiful space around the exterior of your home.
Want enhancement and curb appeal? If you’re a homeowner in the Hudson Valley, call us at 845-463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call 914-271-7996; from Connecticut, dial 203-212-4800. Or, fill out our contact form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Longer nights are on the way. Don’t be caught in the dark with poor outdoor lights.