LED lighting for walkways and pathways is becoming increasingly popular. Why has this happened and what are the reasons for its growing use in outdoor lighting? Durability along with versatility, energy-saving and cutting down on costs make these a very smart choice for anyone looking for outdoor lighting. This article will explore the 4 ways that LED (light-emitting diode) lights excel over other forms of lighting outdoors.
LED lighting is long-lasting unlike the bulbs we are accustomed to using. They are not easy to break as glass bulbs are because LEDs are made from solid state components. This makes them very difficult to damage with external shock unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs which are fragile. Along with being very robust they also provide greater shapes, sizes and colors than traditional lighting methods.
Without using color filters that traditional lighting methods require LEDs are able to emit light of an intended color. They can very easily be dimmed either by lowering the forward current or with pulse-width modulation. You will see them in outdoor message signs such as scoreboards and warning lights which gives an indication of versatility. For gardens the shapes, sizes and colors are almost unlimited. They are also economic to use.
Outdoor LED lighting uses approximately ninety five percent less energy than the older style of glass bulbs. Also, because these bulbs last for years energy is saved lowering replacement costs and maintenance. LED light bulbs use only 2-10 watts of electricity. Small LED flashlight bulbs will extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer than with incandescent bulbs. The cost savings by using LED outdoor lighting can be a major bonus.
The difference in longevity of an incandescent bulb compared with an LED bulb is huge. A two-watt LED bulb will last approximately sixty thousand hours whereas a sixty-watt incandescent bulb will last approximately one thousand hours. LED bulbs last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and much longer than typical incandescent bulbs. Because the electricity costs can be reduced by 80% or more many cities in the US are replacing their incandescent traffic lights with LED lights.
Some of the advantages of LED have been looked at briefly. To sum up it has many attributes that make it a good choice for outdoor lighting such as durability, cost-cutting, energy-saving and versatility in shape, size and color.