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Just How Beneficial Is LED Outdoor Lighting?

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LED lighting has exploded in popularity for a reason; they offer remarkable benefits for a variety of lighting applications.

LED lights are used for everything from home use to vehicle headlamps to horticulture applications. Lighting has traditionally been a wallet drainer.

For example, the lifelong energy costs of incandescent light bulbs are often 10x the cost of the bulb. When far more energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) burst onto the scene many assumed they were the future of low-cost, environmentally friendly lighting.

While CFL lighting continues to be popular, the rapidly evolving technology of LED lighting has made LEDs the best option for long term energy costs and efficiency—not to mention performance.

The Cost Benefits

Most LED lights currently have a higher initial price tag than CFL or incandescent bulbs. However, the reduced long term costs associated with the energy efficiency and lasting performance of LED lights makes them the most affordable lighting option.

In addition to their low energy requirements, the bulbs used in many LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours; that is fifty times longer than incandescent bulbs and as much as ten times longer than bulbs. Adding to their allure, the price of LEDs is trending downwards, while their overall efficiency continues to rise.

More Powerful Lighting

One of the more unique aspects of LED lighting is the fact that they are able to produce considerably powerful, bright light. Many commercial plant and horticulture business have replaced their high powered, super bright metal halide lighting with LED fixtures.

The fact that energy sipping LEDs can match—or even surpass—the performance of energy devouring metal halides is simply astounding.

Unlike metal halides and other powerful lights, LEDs are often cool to the touch after hours of use, and typically will not damage the surfaces they come into contact with.

 

LED lights are ideal for both decorative and functional uses. Their brightness makes them a perfect choice for lining sidewalks for night lighting, illuminating doorways and patios for additional safety and security, and lighting up large areas for outdoor events and dining. Solar powered LED fixtures are a particularly popular choice to border driveways and walkways; their portability and energy efficiency makes buying them in bulk for long term use a realistic option. LEDs are also perfect for illuminating pool areas and sports courts for safe, high visibility night use.

Using LEDs for outdoor lighting opens up a wealth of creative opportunities.  LEDs can provide a unique shimmering effect that is perfect for accenting water features and reflections. The use of colored underwater LEDs creates an alluring glow that is a charming mood setter for outdoor entertainment and gatherings. White and colored LED lights are also great for accentuating gardens and landscaping at night.

The outdoor lighting professionals at NightVision incorporate LED lighting to meet the unique needs of our clients and their property.

The dynamic and diverse abilities of LED lighting makes them a perfect fit to bring creative design ideas to life, whether it involves subtly accentuating architecture or creating a vibrant atmosphere for gatherings.

For more information about exterior LED lighting for your next outdoor lighting project, please contact NightVision Outdoor Lighting today!