Many homeowners have been asking us if LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting for their yards or gardens is a good choice. Two years ago, most landscape experts would have told them to consider other options, but that is no longer the case. Lawn & Landscape magazine recently pointed out that LEDs are now gaining acceptance and popularity among many designers. One landscape designer based in South Carolina told the same magazine that LEDs have evolved so quickly and considerably that they are now part of his daily designs.
So, why should homeowners consider LED outdoor lighting now?
There are three reasons these lights will benefit homeowners despite the higher price.
The first reason is that LEDs provide brighter lighting than traditional incandescent bulbs, even when you are illuminating large outdoor spaces. LED bulbs are 75% more energy efficient than incandescent lights and they last up to 15 times longer.
The second reason is that contractors love LED lighting since it uses less wattage per lamp. Scott Ruhoff, a contractor based in Boise, Idaho, commented that LEDs simplify installation because they decrease labor expenses and reduce the need for additional transformers. He also notes that LEDs make it easier to expand existing LED systems, since new lamps can be added without overloading the transformer.
The third reason will appeal to every homeowner. LEDs can significantly increase the value and curb appeal of their homes. Using LED landscape lighting in the form of free-standing lamp posts, security lights, and wall-mounted lamps can provide inviting illumination and sophisticated style. Rich Young of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives says that LED options give off a softer and more subdued effect, while also emphasizing the texture and design of a grand doorway or other architectural features.
He acknowledges that outdoor lighting, especially ones that use LEDs, can be a costly investment. He recommends focusing on installing these fixtures in the inside of the home first if you are working with a fixed budget. If you need the lighting more on the outside of your home, he recommends consulting a landscaping or lighting professional to ensure that you are investing in the right product at the right price. Once you get the right help, you will have the security and serenity that comes with great outdoor lighting.