Top 4 Benefits to Using LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Systems

When it comes to custom landscape lighting, the use of LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, offers significant benefits over more traditional lighting. This is true both for a lighting system that is more commercial in nature as well as for residential landscape lighting. Here are the top four reasons to choose LEDs for your outdoor lighting system:

Long Life

LEDs last a very long time, and this long lifetime stands out as the number one benefit to using LED lights. With an expected operational life of one hundred thousand hours, an LED configuration can operate continuously for 11 years before the bulbs and diodes would need to be replaced. Scaled down to 8 hours per day, it would take roughly 20 years before any replacements would need to be made at all.

Energy Efficiency

When compared to more traditional sources of lighting, LEDs are virtually the pinnacle of energy efficiency. On average, anywhere from 80% to 90% the energy used to light the LEDs is converted directly into light, with a loss of a fifth to a tenth of the energy being used in the form of heat. Compare that to a standard incandescent light bulb, which typically operates at an efficiency of 20%. Coupled with LEDs’ long operational life, this means that less energy is wasted as heat, and more actually goes into lighting up your landscaping.

Eco-Friendliness

Unlike most conventional fluorescent light bulbs, which, among other things, can contain dangerous materials like mercury, LED lights are constructed free of any form of toxic chemicals. LEDs are fully recyclable, enabling you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third.

No UV Emissions

LED lights produce little infrared light, and virtually none in the ultraviolet spectrum. Coupled with their reduced heat output, this means that LED lights are less likely to cause damage not just to your furnishings, but also to objects sensitive to heat and ultraviolet light—such as antiques, paintings, sculptures and other objet d’art found in museums, art galleries and even your home.

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