It’s true: LEDs (light emitting diodes) are revolutionizing the world of landscape lighting. Never again will you need to worry about changing burned-out bulbs or fiddling with your outdoor fixtures to get loose bulbs to reconnect. That’s because there are no bulbs! Light emitting diodes are just that – electrical diodes that emit light. Combine them with various optical and reflecting devices and the result is a clean, bright light that uses 80% less electricity and has a lifetime ten times longer than halogen bulbs.
Less energy usage equals smaller transformers and small wires – making LED landscape lighting easier to install and less expensive to purchase. And finally, the extensive choice of material and finishes available make it easy to find fixtures that complement your home. LED landscape lighting fixtures are available all types of materials, including brass, copper, aluminum, plastic, stainless steel and even fiberglass. A wide range of fixture prices makes it easy to find an LED landscape lighting fixture that fits your budget.
Another nice advantage of LED landscape lighting is that it works underwater – making a dramatic show of water features such as ponds, pools, fountains, streams and waterfalls.
Sound difficult? It’s not! Running wires and connecting them to your low voltage transformer is no more difficult than setting up the speakers on your stereo system. And it’s super easy to bury the wire – just make a slice in the ground with your shovel, press the wire into the ground and voila! The wire has magically disappeared. There are also special fixtures for steps and rails of decks that are easy to install.
For those of you who have already invested in incandescent landscape lighting, you’ll be pleased to know that there are now LED replacement bulbs designed to operate from the low voltage AC transformers supplied with standard landscape lighting systems or 12VDC power supplies.
Did You Know?
1. LED Lighting lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs (40,000 hours vs. 4,000 hours)
2. You do not have to change the bulbs/lamps every 1-2 years as you do with halogen.
3. Due to the lower wattage, you can use a smaller transformer and wires.
4. Due to the lower wattage, you will have less voltage drop, so you can use thinner cable and easier layouts so you can wire in series and daisy-chain more fixtures, instead of buying additional transformers.
5. Because LED prices are dropping fast, new technologies enabling high output with less heat are coming on line every day, LED is a better option than incandescent landscape lighting.