There are many options to consider when planning out your landscape lighting. However, when it comes to the choice of lights, you should strongly think about using LEDs. LED lighting may be a bit more expensive, at least initially, but it’s well worth the investment when compared to other types of lights. The following are some of the benefits of using LED lights for your landscape lighting design:

1. High-quality lighting

LED lighting is known for producing a clean, white light, which makes its light a higher quality than a lot of other options. This is exactly what you want when one of the goals of a landscape lighting design is to improve your property’s curb appeal. Additionally, because you can choose from multiple hues and light intensities, it provides for more control, which can make it safer to use walkways and outdoor areas at night.

2. Energy-efficient lighting

LED lights are way more energy efficient than any other type of light. The average LED is roughly 90 percent more efficient than typical incandescent bulbs. This is because incandescent bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat. As you can imagine, this translates to a significantly lower monthly energy bill, savings that will add up to a substantial amount over time.

3. Durable lighting

LED lights are perfect for landscape lighting because of their durability. Unlike other types of lights, LED lights aren’t bulbs, which means that they aren’t as prone to breaking and having to be replaced before their expected lifespan is up. This also makes LED lights safer since you won’t have to worry about broken bulbs in your yard. Additionally, LEDs have been tested to withstand the elements. In fact, LEDs are so durable that every LED fixture has a 15-year warranty on it.

4. Long lasting lighting

An LED light lasts on average up to 20,000 hours before it needs to be replaced. Traditional halogen light bulbs only last up to 4,000 hours. It’s one of the reasons why the slightly higher expense of an LED light is worth the initial cost since it makes up for that cost over time.

5. Environmentally friendly lighting

LEDs are the most environmentally friendly lighting option for a number of reasons. Besides the fact that they do not use nearly the amount of energy as other types lights and the fact that they don’t require constant replacement since they last for such a long time (which means you’re not contributing to the manufacture and transportation of replacement lights), they also emit less carbon dioxide and do not contain mercury like many other types of lights.

6. Reduce insect activity

Halogen lights emit UV light, which will attract insects to your property. LED lights do not emit UV light, which means you won’t have this problem. While you’ll still have insects on your property, you won’t be actively attracting them as a result of your lighting.

7. Easy to install

LED lights boast wider voltage ranges and lower wattage loads — as well as a constant current – which means that they are easier to design a landscape lighting layout with than incandescent lights. With incandescent lighting designs, you’ll need to properly calculate wire and transformer loads. For most residential installations, this is not necessary when using LEDs. Fewer wire runs are needed as well since you can connect more LEDs to a single run of wire.

These are just a few of the benefits that you can take advantage of by using LED lights for your landscape design. For information about our lighting services, contact us at Snyder’s Landscapes today.