Good use of outdoor lighting can completely change the look of your front and backyard, and it can be used for more than just safety and visibility purposes. Also with the advancements in technology, outdoor lighting fixtures have become easier to maintain and more energy efficient with the use of LED’s.
LED (light-emitting diode) lights have a ton of benefits that come with them, and should be your first choice when considering adding lighting to your landscaping. LED lights come in a wide assortment of color choices, and last much longer than incandescent lights.
The operational life of current white LED lamps is 100,000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. The long operational life of an led lamp is a stark contrast to the average life of an incandescent bulb, which is approximately 5000 hours. If the lighting device needs to be embedded into a very inaccessible place, using LEDs would virtually eliminate the need for routine bulb replacement.
The key strength of LED lighting is reduced power consumption. When designed properly, an LED circuit will approach 80% efficiency, which means 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light energy. The remaining 20% is lost as heat energy. Compare that with incandescent bulbs which operate at about 20% efficiency (80% of the electrical energy is lost as heat).
In real money terms, if a 100 Watt incandescent bulb is used for 1 year, with an electrical cost of 10 cents/kilowatt hour, $88 will be spent on electricity costs. Of the $88 expense, $70 will have been used to heat the room, not light the room. If an 80% efficient LED system had been used, the electricity cost would be $23 per year – there would be a cost savings of $65 on electricity during the year.
Realistically the cost savings would be higher as most incandescent light bulbs blow out within a year and require replacements whereas LED light bulbs can be used easily for a decade without burning out.
Kichler Lighting carries what I consider to be the best LED light available, and with lots of different styles there is bound to be a light that fits your backyard. Kichler has everything from path, deck and spotlights to under water lights and even specialty light fixtures that can double as planters and chandeliers.
If you are looking to add lighting to your design or learn more about the benefits of led lights, consider calling Pacific Outdoor Living to come up with a plan for your home.