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3 Things to Consider When Deciding Between LED and Incandescent Landscape Lighting

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Are you interested in saving energy?

Are you interested in saving money?

Are you interested bulbs that don’t burn out?

Those are pretty much all the considerations, and if you answered “Yes” to any of those, you’ll want to go LED.

An older light, this is probably still using an incandescent bulb.

Previously, there were two issues with LED lighting. One was the expense. When they first came out, the sales pitch was that they would save money in the long run. But if you did the math, that long run would be measured in decades. But as they have become more and more popular, LED lights have become a lot cheaper as well. And since the voltage is so much less, less wiring is necessary and smaller transformers have become the norm, bringing costs even lower. It seems as though overnight we went from never using LEDs in our landscape lighting projects to exclusively using LEDs, as soon as the pricing dropped to where it made sense. Since the wattage is so much less, with lamps range from 1-6 watts, LEDs are actually changing the way that lights are sold, as measuring lights by the power used no longer give an accurate description of the light they produce. We are now much more concerned with Lumens than with Watts. And since LEDs are not bulbs but of course “diodes,” they are now called lamps instead of bulbs.

The other issue, one we still hear often is “I don’t like LEDs, the light is too blue.” And this may have been true a long time ago, but a standard LED lamp usually has a color temperature of 3000 Kelvins, which is on the warm side. But you have not only many options for lamps with a different color temperature, but many lights come with different colored filters as well. In fact, earlier this year, we had clients that wanted fairly orange lights in a 2200K color temperature, which is much warmer than typical. So we ordered the lights without lamps and found 2200K lamps online that would fit. As long as you know what the color temperature is of the lights or lamps ordered, there is no danger of getting a light that is too blue.

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