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Important Tips About LED Landscape Lighting You Need to Find Out 

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in LED Landscape | 0 comments

The landscape industry has many developments since the emergence of LED technology. LED landscape lighting is becoming the best option for a variety of outdoor lighting installations and applications and the old halogen system has been replaced and upgraded to this type of lighting. One reason is that LEDs are the most efficient light because they last the longest compared to other competing technology while providing you a very good quality of light at a very affordable price.  

LED Landscape

Where to Begin 

Determine the area you need to light as it does not necessarily take many lighting fixtures to illuminate the entire landscape area. It is recommended that you do not provide lighting to all areas, but rather light the features you want to show off or emphasize in a landscape. Select some features and light them well. 

Consider the Color Temperature 

The most noticeable quality difference between a normal bulb and an LED is the color temperature they provide. A normal bulb provides a yellow tinge in the landscape resulting to a bland color (as yellow light covers the natural green color of trees) while an LED light gives off white light that emphasizes the green color of the trees and grass. 

Even if within the LED choices, color temperatures might differ. Color temperature is measured in Kelvin scale. 3500 Kelvin and above temperatures which give off bluer tinge are considered to have a cooler color temperature. 3000 Kelvin and below provides warm color.  

Layered Lighting 

Layered lighting basically means the highs and lows of lighting to add beauty to the landscape. This manifests how creative a person can be when it comes to providing different levels of lights in different areas. This effectively creates different moods to different locations you wish to highlight and emphasize. You can achieve layered lighting by providing different lights on different circuits. Another thing you can do is to try putting dimmers and light controls to have a variety of lighting settings. 

In addition to dimmers and lighting controls, you can add the following: 

  • Sunlight-activated sensors that effectively shuts off LED lights when daylight is present 
  • Time clock sensors that predict sunrise/sunset times a day and switches on/off the light (same with sunlight sensors) 
  • Motion-activated sensors that automatically turn on when a motion is detected and turns off when no motion is detected. This is ideal for security and pathway lighting. 

These sensors can save you energy by turning off when the LED lights are not necessary. 

Things to Look for When Choosing Landscape Lights 

  1. QualityMaterials – good looking LED lightsdo not mean good quality and durability. Opt for solid brass, stainless steel, or stainless aluminum rather than plastic or recycled aluminum. 
  2. LightsPerformance – select the light that has multiple beam angles, high-efficiency optics, full-definition lighting, and has no hot spots no color separation, and no sharp edges. Also, make sure that they are water-resistant to must be ETL certified.
  3. Features andAesthetics – LED lights to come in different styles, colors, and types. Make sure you buy what is ideal for a specific landscape lighting. Explore different possibilities by trying out different designs and features.
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