You may have thought that landscape LED lighting was only for, well, landscapes. As it turns out, it’s not at all a bad idea to decorate a plaza with the help of landscape LED lighting. This type of lighting provides several advantages over other lighting types, both in aesthetics and functionality. For these reasons, LED lights are being considered for more and more commercial applications like plazas, as illustrated by the way the city of Raleigh, North Carolina used them beginning in 2006.
Aesthetic Advantages of LED Landscape Lighting
If you look at some of the landscape lighting available from Touchstone Accent Lighting, you’ll see that it is quite pleasing to the eye, with elegant styling. It has the sort of look that is just as appropriate in a public plaza as it is in a private garden. The light itself is often pleasing as well, offering a crisp, clean pool of light that stays uniform throughout the life of the bulb, not showing signs of dimming like an incandescent bulb.
These lights are available in many pleasing colors as well. These factors combine to make it worthwhile to decorate a plaza with the help of landscape LED lighting from Touchstone Accent Lighting.
Practical Advantages of LED Landscape Lighting
LED lighting uses only a fraction of the power of traditional incandescent bulbs. They also last longer than traditional bulbs, which means that using them creates less waste and saves you money. How much money? Well, one city that switched over to using LED bulbs claims to save about $215,000 a year on energy and maintenance costs. This is a perfect example of why LED landscape lighting is being considered for public areas like plazas.
LED Lighting in Raleigh
The city of Raleigh, NC made a commitment in 2006 to replace existing lights with LED lights. They used the lights in parks, streetlights, parking decks and more. Perhaps the centerpiece of the entire effort was the City Plaza, with decorative LED lighting on the City of Oaks towers and art screens. For safety and general lighting, LED’s were used on bollards and in landscape lighting applications in the plaza.