LED Lights: The Best for Your Outdoor Landscape
Trying to make sense of the light bulb aisle is like trying to read a foreign language if you don’t know what you’re looking for. When it comes to your outdoor lighting needs, LED lighting is by far the best choice. Here’s what you should know about LEDs to make your lightbulb shopping a bit easier.
Goodbye, Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs were all we knew for a long time, but all of that has changed. Traditional incandescent lightbulbs are so inefficient compared to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that most manufacturers have switched to making compact fluorescents, halogens, and LEDs. While compact fluorescents (CFLs) and halogen bulbs are widely available, halogens are only 25 percent more effective than incandescent bulbs, and CFLs are struggling to maintain popularity due to their inherent flaws. Considering all of this, LED bulbs are definitely the best option.
The Perks of LEDs
LED lights are the most sustainable light bulbs out there because they are just incredibly efficient. They use at least 75 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs and can last 25 times as long, which dramatically lowers energy bills for households that rely upon LEDs. In addition, LEDs emit light in a specific direction, which reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers than can trap light. LEDs also emit very little heat, so they don’t lose energy as heat like incandescent bulbs and CFLs do.
How to Understand LEDs
The only minor downside about LED lighting is that a bit of education is required to understand how to purchase the LEDs that best meet your needs. It’s not quite as intuitive as shopping for incandescent bulbs. LEDs are labeled based on color temperature, which describes the warmth or coolness of a bulb.
Very warm white, around 2,300K-2,700K, is recommended for home use because it creates a comforting atmosphere. Cool light, on the other hand, around 5,000K, is utilized in hospitals, museums, and jewelry stores to maximize vision and contrast. To put this into perspective, a traditional incandescent light bulb measures at 2,700K. This is the color of light that we are used to in our homes and have been enjoying since Edison introduced the modern electric lightbulb in 1879, so most people opt for warm white LED bulbs to maintain that atmosphere. Depending on your outdoor lighting needs, you may choose LEDs with a cooler temperature to increase visibility at night. It’s up to you!