One of the biggest improvements in light bulbs in recent years has been the advent of LED lighting. LED lights are extremely energy efficient but cast a huge amount of light for the small amount of power that they use. On top of this, they last for several years without burning out. There are a few downsides to them and they are fairly expensive compared to normal incandescent bulbs, but when cost, ease of use, and quality of light are taken into account, there is no real substitute for LED garden lighting.
What an LED Light Is
LED lights are extremely technologically advanced. Instead of being filled with filament, like incandescent light bulbs, or being filled with toxic chemicals, like compact florescent bulbs, LEDs are made out of semiconductor diodes. These diodes emit light when and electrical current is applied to them. This way of lighting makes sure that all the available energy is transformed into light, and a minimal amount is wasted due to heat. Incandescent or halogen lights, on the other hand, waste a large amount of their energy by transforming it into heat instead of light. This makes LEDs very cost efficient.
Advantages of LED Garden Lighting
For the amount of energy that they use, LED lights put out a tremendous amount of focused light. The light from LED bulbs doesn’t spread out as much as the light from other more conventional bulbs, like halogen lights, and because of this you can focus the beam exactly where you want it. Because there is no filament to break, the lights also last much, much longer than conventional bulbs, sometimes up to several years.
Their low power requirements makes LED light bulbs a great option for solar powered lights. In fact almost all solar garden lights today will make use of LEDs. It makes the solar lights more effective by allowing them to burn brighter, for longer on less energy. This lets the light have both smaller solar panels and a smaller battery, making solar powered light fixture designs possible that were impossible just a few years ago.
LED lights also can come in several different colors. The chemical composition of the semiconductors inside the light bulb is changed to produce different colors. This means that you won’t have to use a filter on your light and that the colors will come out much more vivid and intense.
Disadvantages of LED Lighting
Despite all its advantages, there are still some disadvantages to LED lights. First, they are a bit more expensive than other types of lights. Over the course of their lifespan they will save you money on electricity and buying new bulbs, but you will incur significantly more upfront costs than you would otherwise.
One of their strengths can even be a weakness. Because LEDs emit such a focused beam of light, they are not very practical for use as a flood light, even though they are extremely bright. Finally, because changing the colors of an LED light requires changing the chemical makeup for the semiconductors, there are only so many colors that the lights come in right now. You will have to limit yourself to several primary colors if you plan on lighting your entire yard with LED lights, instead of the rainbow of choices you would have for incandescent lighting.
LED garden lighting is a great, easy way to add vivid, intense light to your property. While it is not suited for every single occasion, it works great as deck, patio, and path lighting. You will not find a more energy efficient, bright, long lasting bulb on the market today.