Landscape lighting is a sophisticated and versatile way to add thousands to the value of your home. Not only that, but landscape lighting adds both curb appeal and an added element of safety to your property. When it comes to landscape lighting there are hundreds of different options to choose from. Spot lights, flood lights, wall washes, directed upwards, or downwards, coloured or subtle, and of course LED versus incandescent.
LED lights are more environmentally friendly, and save you money in the long term. But that doesn’t make them right for everyone. There are many elements to consider when making the decision to either install LED landscape lighting, or transition your current landscape lighting to include LED lights.
Before You Install
Before you book an installation date, think about what you want to get out of your landscape lighting. If safety, and visibility is what you are after, LED lighting will get the job done. If design focused aesthetic landscape lighting is your goal than traditional, incandescent bulbs may be for you. However, on both sides of the spectrum, incandescent and LED lights can be customized to suit your needs.
LED versus Incandescent Lifespan
LED Lights offer an incredibly long lifespan. If you live on a large property that requires a significant landscape lighting, LED lights will save you money. Some LED bulbs have an operational lifetime of up to 100,000 hours! This is the equivalent of eleven years at continuous use, and 22 years at 50% operation!Imagine only having to change your bulbs once every decade!
Furthermore, because an LED light operates differently than an incandescent bulb you will be expending less energy. LED lights operate by emitting lighting diodes. Over extended periods of time this will save you a lot of money on your lighting bills! In fact, LED lights function at an 80-90% efficiency level. This means that 80-90% of the energy’s electrical output is directed to making light, and only 10-20% is lost to heat production. Meanwhile, these numbers are flipped on when talking about incandescent bulbs, which operate at a 20% energy efficiency, losing 80% to heat production.
There’s a reason that LED lights are considered to be the most environmental choice. Not only do they allow you to expend less energy, but they are also made without the use of toxic chemicals. Fluorescent light bulbs contain materials like mercury, which is well known for its dangerous side effects. LED Lights on the other hand are completely recyclable. Outfitting your home with LED landscape lighting allows you to decrease your carbon footprint, eliminate costly bulb purchases and changes, and reduce your lighting bill.
LED lights are a versatile design material. An expertly installed LED landscape lighting system will respond to your lighting needs while taking into account your design preferences. Furthermore, LED lights are designed to operate at their best in both extreme heat and extreme cold, making them perfectly suited to Ontario’s extreme climate. You won’t be left in the dark regardless of the season.