Why LED for landscape lighting?
LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode, is a highly efficient and reliable form of landscape lighting. LED light bulbs use less than 50% of the wattage consumed by fluorescent bulbs and less than 25% of the wattage consumed by incandescent bulbs, while still emitting the same amount of light. Their semiconductor-based structure allows LED light bulbs to be much more rugged than traditional light bulbs.
Advances in LED landscape lighting technology have tremendously lowered the manufacturing cost of our high quality LED fixtures while simultaneously improving quality. It is because of these advances that the popularity of LED lights has grown so significantly in recent years. In fact, it is estimated that LED technology will make up
80% of the general illumination market by 2020, and the US Department of Energy has set the goal of using LED lights to reduce electric lighting consumption by 50% by 2025.
LED lights are desirable in landscape architecture and design for numerous reasons. Even the smallest of high quality LED fixtures can produce tremendous light output and LED lamps can be made in virtually any shape or size. This flexibility allows for more creative design. LED landscape lights do not emit UV rays, so they do not attract insects. Because they do not get as hot as traditional light bulbs, there is less risk using LED lights near plants and trees. They also do not contain harmful materials, whereas some fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury which can harm both people and the environment when they break.
In the long run, LED bulbs are more reliable, efficient, affordable, and last longer than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. As LED technology continues to advance, and as the applications in which LED lights are used expand, these lights are quickly becoming the standard for both professionals and everyday do-it-yourself homeowners.