Is there still anyone that doesn’t know what LEDs are? Or the benefits of choosing LED yard lighting fixtures? Well hopefully this article gives enlightenment. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode, and LED yard lighting is fast becoming the number one choice for lighting yards by designers, contractors and home owners. This is basically as a result of its luminosity, the quality of light it produces and its durability i.e. ability to last for long periods of time.
LED yard lighting is a reliable method or form of lighting yards or any outdoor area, the LED yard lighting fixtures are a highly efficient and reliable form of yard lighting as an LED light bulb will use less than 50% of the wattage consumed by fluorescent bulbs and also less than 25% of the wattage consumed by incandescent bulbs, all this while at the same time emitting the same amount of light fluorescent bulbs and incandescent bulb emit. The semiconductor based structure in LED yard lighting allows the LED light bulbs to be much more rugged than other traditional light bulbs.
The Improvement and advances in LED yard lighting technologies has had a tremendous effect in the manufacturing of high quality LED fixtures while at the same time improving quality simultaneously. The LED yard lighting has grown in popularity over the past few years partly because of these advances. It is estimated that the LED technology used in LED yard lighting will make up about 80% of the general illumination market by the year 2020, also, the United states department of energy has set up the goals of using the LEDs in LED yard lighting to reduce electric lighting consumption by about 50% by 2025.
LED yard lighting have a size from the range 3 to 8 mm long, and they can be used singly or as part of an array. This small size and low profile of LEDs in LED yard lighting fixtures allows them to be used in small spaces that would normally not take other light bulbs. In addition, LED yard lighting gives off light in a specific direction; this makes them more efficient in their application than incandescent, fluorescent bulbs or other traditional lighting sources. This benefit of LED yard lighting ensures that they do not waste energy like other traditional light source which emits light in all directions.
Because the LED yard lighting is used outside where the environment and temperature are in constant change, it is therefore a huge advantage that they are operational in extremely cold or hot temperatures. While low temperature may affect the operation of fluorescent lamps and present a challenge for them, LED yard lighting are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings.
LED yard lighting is desirable in yard/ Landscape designs as even the smallest of high quality LED fixtures can produce outstanding light output and LED lamps can be made in virtually any shape or size.
LED yard lighting do not emit ultraviolent rays, this is a good thing as ultraviolent rays attract insects to them. Also, LED yard lighting do not get as hot as other traditional light bulbs, therefore there is a lesser fear of the danger of using this lighting system near plants or trees. When LED yard lighting system/ fixtures are used, there is no fear of harmful materials like mercury which can be harmful to both people and the environment unlike in other traditional lighting fixtures.
LED yard lighting fixtures do not require regular maintenance, they have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours, and the LEDs in LED yard lighting can burn for up to 17 years in ideal conditions when running an average of eight hours per night. More importantly, in LED yard lighting, the light output remains consistent throughout its lifespan and consumes as little as one-tenth of the energy used in other lighting systems.
Another benefit of using an LED yard lighting fixture is its aesthetic property. LED yard lighting fixtures come in various color temperature form, so distinct aesthetic effects can be achieved for various applications, from a candlelight glow, to a warm white light for a relaxing effect. Using the LED yard lighting gives the user a palette of different options to work from.
LED yard lighting does not flicker; they light up instantly when turned on, also, they do not consume power when they are turned off. LED yard lighting has excellent colors, with a brightness and efficiency at least as great as florescent lighting.
LED yard lighting should provide stable light output over their projected lifetime.
There are a lot of benefits of LED yard lighting, however whatever has an advantage most times has a disadvantage too, and the disadvantages of the LED yard lighting being;
Even though the LED yard lighting lasts longer than other traditional lighting fixtures, the LED yard lightning’s performance declines over time and this decline comes at a higher price. The LEDs used in LED yard lighting have a specialized coating on the bulb; this coating can break down and alter not only the brightness, but also the color type i.e. change from a soft yellow color to an unwanted white-blue hue. Also, if you want bright LED lights in your LED yard lighting, they tend to have an unsightly color hue; this is because the color spectrum in the LED yard lighting fixture produces the most visible light.
For people who power traditional lighting sources with solar panels and get bright light, the same cannot be said for LED yard lighting as getting bright lights from LEDs are not possible with solar-powered fixtures; this is because stored light energy does not produce the same power output as a hardwired lighting design.
With all the disadvantages of the LED yard lighting, it should be noted that in the long run LED yard lighting is more reliable, efficient, affordable, and also last longer than incandescent , fluorescent bulbs or any other traditional lighting system.