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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Here comes the sun.. and patio season

Patio season is on it’s way, and we want you enjoy your outdoor space to the max this year. Whether you are craving freshly grilled barbecue, slushy drinks or an entertaining book, the outdoors will soon be your favorite place to be. Here are some cozy patios to inspire you for spring and summer:

 

 

 

 

 

From the theater to your garden: landscape lighting ideas

Did you know that creative garden lighting owes a lot to the art of theater stage lighting? Although theater lighting is a powerful and complex form of art, a lot of the subtle effects can be achieved with low voltage landscape lighting. Talk about adding drama to your garden!

Theater uses lighting to create the right atmosphere for each scene. Here the mixture of light colors with both up and down lighting techniques creates a traditional and very romantic hacienda feel.

Lighting is also used to mold backdrops and add some depth and interest to the stage. On this lovely contemporary patio, the brightened palm tree creates the perfect background.

Even leafless trees can be the main character of your garden. In this example, the designer used low-voltage well lights to make the trees stand out on the landscape.

In theater, lighting can be used to define the perception of day and night. In a garden, lighting can have the same effect. By adding brightness to your garden, you can enjoy the outdoors on a warm summer evening well into the night.

Lighting can also be used to alter the perception of temperature. Notice how the house seems warm and cozy despite its cold, wintery surroundings.

Lighting has the power of changing a scene’s perspective. For instance, a lit landscape viewed from inside a home encourages movement to the outside. Focusing landscape lighting on trees rather than paths draws the eye up and inspires curiosity.