The benefits of choosing LED lighting

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Not long ago, there was very limited choice when it came to light bulbs. You would choose a wattage based on how bright you needed the light to be and there wasn’t much else to decide on. After some time, traditional incandescent bulbs became a phase as people started to seek more energy-efficient light sources. LEDs in particular are a far more energy conscious and green system of lighting, and since 25% of the average energy budget goes towards lighting, they are well worth your investment. Here are the main benefits of choosing LED lighting.

  • LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • They produce less heat, and because of their design, remain cool to touch
  • They don’t contain toxic mercury or filament. They also reduce CO2 emissions
  • They are far more durable than other kinds of bulbs because solid state LED technology is vibration and impact resistant
  • They have excellent cold weather performance. They perform well at a low temperature, minimizing fire risks greatly
  • They direct light efficiently. LED bulbs produce highly directional light, sending all the light exactly where it’s needed. More control over beam direction means less wasted light
  • They are more efficient and longer lasting forms of technology they actually last up to 50,000 hours (that’s the equivalent of leaving a light on permanently for three years!)

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How to save energy on outdoor lighting

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With fall upon us, we’re met with shorter days and longer nights, which means utilising lights inside and outside our homes. Switching to energy-efficient sources can drastically cut your energy bills, so we’ve put together our top tips to save energy on outside lighting.

Low-voltage lighting is a good option for decorative and landscape lighting. Most of our lights are low-voltage and use LED lamps, which are well-suited for outdoor use and use less energy than halogens. LED lights also last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Lights that have enclosed fixtures are a great option for outdoor lighting, since they are protected from the weather. This elegant small hat shape fixture provides a circle spread of warm light.

The sun may have disappeared for the most part, but when we’re blessed with the occasional sunny day this fall, you could try solar outdoor lighting fixtures. Easy to maintain and install, solar fixtures work well for lighting driveways and paths and make a beautiful addition to your garden.

You should also be sure to clean bulbs and fittings regularly to avoid them getting dirty, which reduces light input and efficiency.

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4 ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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Making the smallest changes in our homes often have the biggest effects. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the way lighting can transform an outdoor space. And don’t worry, you won’t need to enlist the help of a professional. Here are four ideas for DIY outdoor lighting.

Outdoor patio lighting

Although patio season has sadly passed, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of your outdoor sitting area all-year round. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s best to use multiple light sources for your patio. Try hanging outdoor string lights around the outside of the house, and installing path lights around the perimeter.

LED lights

Not only are LED lights highly efficient and look great, they are also far better for the environment. There are a wide variety of outdoor LED light fixture types available, from LED path and step lights to LED rope and string lights.

Deck lighting

Make the most of outdoor lighting. Think not only about the appearance of your outdoor space, but the safety of the area too. Ensure deck lighting highlights your steps, and install lights around the perimeter of the deck too.

Pond lighting

As with deck lighting, installing pond lights ensures your outdoor space not only looks good, but that people can move around safely at night. Think about adding lights around the pond’s exterior to make the surface or the water flow, or to accentuate a waterfall or other feature. Underwater lighting can also be used to highlight fountains or sculptures.

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