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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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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Feng Shui and Outdoor Landscape Lighting

At night you are driving through the neighborhood and notice a house that seems to illuminate with a soft glow, without being over powered by high-voltage lighting.  You take a second look and may think to yourself, “How can I get the lighting around my house to look like that?”

With the ever-growing emphasis on our environment and energy efficiency, the art of Feng Shui may be worth looking into.

Home owners have used some form of this environmental science for years to create warm harmony and good energy flow throughout the inside and outside of their homes.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of harnessing earth and heaven to bring well being and good fortune into one’s home and life.  By understanding a few basic concepts, you can create some of this balanced environment with outdoor landscape lighting.

Outdoor lighting is a rather new element as electricity was not a factor in the earlier ages of Feng Shui, but it has been incorporated to match the times we live in today.

The topic of Feng Shui is massive and can hardly be mastered in this article, but what we can share with you are some simple tools in outdoor landscape lighting that can help with the overall energy flow of your home at night.

Chi Energy

One of the first principles to incorporate is to attract good Chi energy.  Chi  is the “life force of all animate things, the power of the sun, the moon and weather systems, and the driving force in human beings,” according to Gill Hale’s, The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui.

To attract good Chi onto your property, you can start by placing outdoor, weather resistant lighting along your driveway, as well as the pathway to the front door. For energy efficiency and to use the Chi power from the sun, use solar lighting lamps for both the driveway and pathway.

If your house sits back from the road and it feels very dark at night, or if it sets below street level, try placing lights around the outside perimeter of the home.  Direct the beams of light towards the roof and this will energize you and the others living in the home.  A low-lying house will sometimes give the feeling of holding down the occupants from success, as if they are living in a hole, so this kind of lighting helps to lift that energy.

If there are other low-lying areas around the house, place a lamp in an uplifting position and this will light up a very dark area for good Chi.

Lanterns

Some new elements recently being adopted into Feng Shui lighting are outdoor lanterns.  Lanterns are not a new concept by any means, but these types of lanterns werefer to are new in design.  They have a gentle “rice paper” feel and look about them, but are actually constructed of weather resistant nylon, are cordless and solar powered – again, using the power of the sun for good energy.

Solar lanterns come in all shapes, sizes, and styles and can be arranged on trees, bushes, roofs, eves – just about anywhere you want to hang them. Because they have no electric power restriction and are flame free, solar lanterns make for a safe outdoor lighting choice.

Feng Shui for lighting the outside of your home includes endless concepts and designs, and by incorporating a few simple ideas, you can make your home not only safer, but also more energy efficient and flowing with good Chi.