There are many choices to make when it comes to enhancing a landscape with accent lights. Color, fixture style, solar-powered, type of light bulb, and placement are key elements that contribute to the overall look of an outdoor space. Those elements should be discussed with an experienced lighting consultant, in order to reflect the taste and style of the customer. Most ‑ if not all ‑ lighting specialists will encourage the use of LED landscape lights, because they are more durable and energy-efficient than their incandescent and CFL counterparts. Read on to find out why LED lights are gaining in popularity.
LED lights have a long life. On average, they will burn for 60,000 hours. At a usage rate of eight hours per day, one LED bulb should last 15 years. That means less maintenance for the homeowner—fewer bulbs to replace and fewer trips up and down a ladder, especially if the lights are on the roof.
LED lights are safe. They don’t produce heat, no matter how long they are left on. They are not a fire hazard because there is no risk of igniting bushes, fence posts, foliage, or shingles. They won’t burn little fingers if a child brushes up against them while playing outside. LED lights don’t contain mercury, so they are safe for the environment. They are also very durable. They don’t shatter the way glass bulbs do, so there is no chance of being cut with hard-to-see shards that imbed themselves in the soles of tender feet.
LED lights come in a wide variety of styles and colors. They really do come in every color of the rainbow. Use them to complement seasonal displays, and when it’s time for a new set of holiday hues, change them with the push of a button. They can also be dimmed or brightened, set to flash at varying speeds or remain solidly lit. The combinations are endless.
LED lights are energy- and cost-efficient. They use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars each year and thousands over the LED’s lifetime. While they may be slightly more expensive to purchase, the savings over time is so significant, it is well worth the investment.
The full potential of LED lights has not yet been tapped. New LED technology is being developed every day. It makes sense to ride the wave of the future into a beautiful, custom outdoor space that will amaze and inspire, all while saving money and the environment. Contact the illuminologists at Touchstone Accent Lighting to begin your design process.