Have you ever considered getting outdoor lighting for your outdoors? Good call. It is unfortunate that many of us give a lot of thought to the lighting inside our homes and offices and very little to the lights outside. Dark pathways make us uneasy and poorly lit gardens don’t make us feel any better. That said, we need outdoor lighting to illuminate our surroundings outside. There are many choices for lighting you can get for your outdoors so why LED? LED lighting has been around for some years now and through the years they have become popular. Their features and designs give them an upper hand over other lamps and as a result people choose them for their homes.
Although this lighting started off indoors this technology has now moved to the outdoors allowing individuals to obtain outdoor specific lighting options for their spaces. Homeowners, businesses and cities are investing in LED outdoor lighting after the considerable benefits they have seen. But what do we really know about LED outdoor lights? Before you set out on the purchase, you need to know exactly what you are investing in. These are five things about outdoor led lights you should know.
Are you considering LED outdoor lights? Don’t expect a bulb change anytime soon. They are called a long investment and we mean this literally. Typically, outdoor led lights can last five to eight years, which is 2-10 times more than ordinary bulbs. Depending on the type and quality of bulbs you get you are looking at 25,000-100,000 hours lifespan which could be more in some cases.
By far, outdoor LED lighting is the most efficient when it comes to how well its light source produces visible light. With a system efficiency of 50 lumens+ and 37-12 lumens per watts at the source, LED lighting has a great luminous efficacy which translates to minimal maintenance and replacement costs.
Part of how LED lighting differs from traditional outdoor lighting is quality. The quality of LED lighting is characterized by color temperature and color rendering which differs depending on the outdoor LED you get. The color temperature is how cool or warm the lighting looks and it ranges from 2700k-6000k. With a reddish-orange glow describing warm colors, and the white and bluish lights describing cool colors. The color rendering index also known as CRI is the true color casted by the bulb. The CRI for LED outdoor lights falls between 65-95, thus the higher the CRI the closer the object is to its display under daylight conditions. So if you want a quality LED outdoor lighting that renders well go with one with a higher CRI and cooler color temperature.
Unlike CFL lights which emit light and heat in all directions, LED outdoor lighting uses a 180-degree directional angle. Which means emission only extends to the desired area; this feature attributes to its high energy efficiency. With lights directed in a specific direction there is no need to get reflectors or diffusers.
The last thing you want to say when buying outdoor lighting is ‘I want outdoor LED fixtures’ without knowing exactly what you want. LED outdoor lights are available with varied features, both aesthetically and sensory in nature. Are landscape, pathway or floodlights more of our style? Between the dusk to dawn, switch control or motion sensory which is more to your preference? To avoid confusion, discover the features that are most important to you before you go shopping for outdoor LED lighting.
These outdoor LED lighting basics are the shove you need to consider the switch to LEDs. After all, aren’t they more efficient, long lasting and offer better lighting supply? With all the facts, careful planning and proper installation you should be able to improve your security and accent your home with beautiful LED outdoor lighting.