Posted by LightingFX on 10/11/2010
LED Lighting -
Ideal For Outdoor Applications
With low-powered outdoor LED applications, you can expect to
achieve the same light output level provided by a standard incandescent bulb using
80% less wattage. The minimal expense of powering LED lighting makes it a very
cost-effective option for outdoor use – whether you have them on a timer or
activate the lights manually. Their long life span (sometimes several decades) means
an LED outdoor lighting system rarely requires maintenance.
The actual bulbs are available in many different sizes and
styles from tiny markers to full-sized spotlights and submersible models.
Recessed LED lamps used for accents and indirect lighting are very popular for
modern outdoor décor because they don’t dominate the landscape. Instead, they
focus attention on what you want to see – whether that’s the edge of a series
of steps or the beauty of a splashing fountain.
Solar and Battery
Operated LED Benefits
Solar energy is an excellent power source to use in
conjunction with LED technology. Many of these easy-to-install outdoor lamps have
sensors that keep the system from “turning on” until dusk. This means devices
such as rechargeable batteries or capacitors are incorporated to store solar
energy during the day so it can be used to power the lamps at night. Since the
amount of energy stored in this way is necessarily limited, it can be most
effectively used to operate a low-powered LED bulb.
LED lights tend to keep working efficiently even as the
available power level drops. In contrast, fluorescent and halogen bulbs usually
stop working under a certain energy threshold. LED lights will simply dim a
little as the batteries in the system become gradually depleted. This makes LED
technology ideal for outdoor night time applications since the lights will keep
functioning even on low power.
Another advantage of LEDs is their diversity in spectrum
output. LED lamps can be used to emit a wide range of colors – making them a
great option for mood lighting. With recent advances in LED technology, you can
also purchase bulbs that give off a natural white light. A lamp in this
spectrum mimics the pure illuminating effect of sunlight. This means the true
colors of your landscape features can be highlighted without taking on an artificial
LED lamps tend to be much safer than other types of outdoor
lighting. The light emitting diodes do not generate any significant amount of heat
and are rarely a fire hazard. Their much lower voltage requirement also means
an LED system poses less danger of electric shock – although you should still
follow all electrical safety protocols when wiring your lights. Outdoor LED
lamps are typically shatter resistant. If one does break due to a severe
impact, there is no mercury contamination hazard to worry about during cleanup.