If you have an expansive lawn, garden, or outdoor entertainment area, you already know how important lighting can be to the party's mood or the overall aesthetic. However, keeping these lights burning all summer long can cause your electricity bill to creep up, and you may find yourself replacing individual bulbs several times in a season. Could switching to light-emitting diode (LED) lights minimize your maintenance spending while lowering your energy costs? Read on to learn more about LED technology to help you decide whether this switch is the right decision.
How are LED bulbs different from other types of outdoor lighting?
Until recently, the majority of lights available for purchase were incandescent -- creating light by running a tiny current of electricity through a thin filament, creating a glow. These lights "burn out" when the filament, weakened over time and with frequent use, breaks in half and can no longer create light. LED lights are filament-free, instead operating through the constant movement of microscopic electrons inside a semiconductor. This efficiency means that the LED light can't suddenly burn out but will instead just become dimmer and dimmer over time. LED lights generally last much longer than incandescent bulbs -- around 50 times longer, or 50,000 hours of use. This means that even if you keep your LED lights burning 8 hours per day all year round, you'll go more than 10 years before needing to replace a single bulb.
When is switching to LED lights a good investment?
While LED lights hold a number of advantages, including the ability to pay for themselves over time by the increased lifespan and efficiency, the prospect of replacing all your outdoor bulbs at once can seem pricey. Fortunately, purchasing the newest and most efficient LED bulbs can ensure you're not only getting the longest-lasting light on the market, but the brightest. Today's LED lights have an output of about 100 lumens per watt, compared with fewer than 20 lumens per watt for incandescent bulbs.
While the light output of an LED light is higher than other light types, because the electron movement needed to create light through an LED doesn't create heat, it uses much less electricity than other bulbs. If replacing your lights piecemeal is your most budget-friendly option, you'll want to begin with the lights that use the most electricity -- usually large spotlights or accent lights. Replacing these incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can create a noticeable dent in your summer energy bills.
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