You’ve heard a lot of buzz about LED lighting. You may have purchased some LED bulbs at a big box store for your interior lighting. But, many are unsure if the expense is justified or if the time is right for LED. You are right to believe that with new technology, the prices are higher for early adopters than they are when the product becomes more mainstream some while later. The time is right for LED outdoor lighting for your Cleveland area home.
LED bulbs will last up to 50,000 hours or more
We know we replace indoor bulbs way too frequently but 50,000 hours is a tough number to wrap our heads around. That’s akin to using an LED bulb 24 hours/day for 2,083 days or 5.7 years! Then consider that you will only use that bulb a portion of the day. Many of our customers use their Lighting Control Automation (LCA) to turn their lights on and off at the desired time. Often, the lights will be on about 8 hours during the night. In that case, the bulb would last about 6,250 days or almost 18 years. How many times when you’re purchasing a bulb do you go ahead and get the 4-pack because you know the indoor bulb just isn’t going to last very long.
LED lighting technology uses about 90% less energy than traditional lighting. That means savings on your power bills and savings on the environment. Not only is that a savings on the wallet but saving energy is helpful for the environment. There are additional environmental benefits of LED. Fewer replacement bulbs means less waste in landfills. In addition, LED’s do not contain toxic chemicals which most conventional bulbs do.
Light quality and color
Early LED technology had different hues to it. These different hues included blue and yellow. That does not need to be the case any more. Take a look at the picture directly below. One side is with halogen lighting and the other is with LED lighting. Can you tell the difference?
In fact, LEDs can emit light of an intended color without the use of color filters that traditional lighting methods require. This is more efficient and can lower initial costs. When used in applications where dimming is required, LEDs do not change their color tint as the current passing through them is lowered, unlike other lamps, which turn yellow when dimmed.
How many of us have heard that turning something on and off wastes a lot of energy and can cause bulbs to burn out?
It is true that with some lights and other electric and electronic devices, cycling the power or frequently turning it on and off can be an energy drain or can be the cause of a bulb burning out. LEDs are ideal for use in applications that are subject to frequent on-off cycling. In addition, unlike HID lamps, LED lights turn on immediately and do not take time restarting.
More great reasons to choose LED
LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock. Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are easily broken if subjected to external shock.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern OH, we can convert your existing outdoor lighting system to LED thus allowing you to use the fixtures you’ve already purchased.
LED lamps have more stability. They are solid state so they won’t suffer from being jarred. There is no coil or anything to break.
With LED, you get the most out of your voltage. You need smaller transformers and those go greater distances. Therefore, there is less digging, less required wire, and less complicated installations.