LED outdoor lighting technology has advanced tremendously over the past few years. Even though LED is talked about more readily than in recent years, we still see hesitation with homeowners upgrading an existing system to LED or new LED systems. I think this hesitation is due in part to the misconception that LED is a significantly larger investment, and the light quality is inferior to other lighting sources, which is certainly no longer the case in both areas.
In terms of initial investment of an LED system, prices have dropped 12% over the past few years. It is true that LED is a somewhat higher “up front” investment, but the “savings” you will incur with an LED outdoor lighting system actually enables the system to pay for itself over time. LED lighting is more energy-efficient which will literally save you thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. Longevity of bulb life will also help an LED system pay for itself over time. With an average useful bulb life of up to 50,000 hours, while the quartz halogen bulb has a useful bulb life between 2,000-3,000 hours. Their long life expectancy allows prolonged enjoyment without replacement costs, for much longer than traditional lighting sources.
The quest for the perfect color of LED outdoor lighting is what Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville and Western NC has been able to find with our LED outdoor lighting. The quality of LED lighting is measured by color temperature. Color Temperature is a measurement that indicates the degree of color being emitted from a light source in degrees Kelvin. The optimum temperature range for outdoor LED lighting is between 2800-3000 degrees Kelvin. For the LED light, there are mainly 3 kinds of white colors – warm, natural and cool white. These three LED’s chart the difference between a softer, warmer form of illumination (warm white light) and a sharper, cooler effect (cool white). The lower the Kelvin the more orange the light will appear, whereas an increased Kelvin will make the illumination from the LED appear bluer. Good LED outdoor lighting is a balance and will ensure the object you are illuminating is as close to the appearance of natural light as possible.
We also realize no electronic device, or system is perfect. However, our LED’s have a less than 1% failure rate and since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like other types of bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are also free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly — LED is proof that good things come in small packages!
Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville & Western North Carolina today to learn more about upgrading your existing system to LED, or to discuss a new design for your home or business. You can call us at (864) 292-00022 or visit us at greenville.outdoorlights.com.