About LED Landscape Lighting Products
There is a revolution going on in outdoor landscape lighting. It is LED Landscape Lighting. LED Landscape Lighting is literally transforming the landscape lighting business. Why? Because the reasons are more compelling than ever before to consider LED Landscape Lighting for your home, project or commercial space. Although you will pay more upfront for an LED Landscape Lighting system, you will find the payoff is quick and the benefits to enticing to pass up.
LED stands for “light emitting diode”. What this means is that light is generated and emitted from a single source diode, soldered onto a sub straight type of platform. Most of the time, there are a multitude of these diodes on a circuit board. The combination of these diodes produces the light. The manufacturer then makes optical reflectors to capture the light either through a single reflector or through a fixture. This is needed to direct the light out of the fixture so it can be used in the landscape.
During the last three to four years, manufacturers of LED’s have become quite efficient in controlling the quality and color temperature of the light that is emitted through the fixture. The color temperature is measured in kelvin temperature and it is the way light looks to the person. You can get LED in many different kelvin temperatures. Kelvin temperature is the color of light – how someone might perceive the light. Is it warm or cold? A higher kelvin temperature (3,500 and higher) indicates a more cold appearance. It is typical of office building or hospitals. A lower kelvin temperature indicates a warmer light. For LED Landscape Lighting, I would suggest buying a landscape fixture with a kelvin temperature range of 2700-3000. That should give you a good quality of light that does not look too cold or blue. As a reference, a 2700 kelvin is a typical color temperature for your standard “a” lamp in your light or lamp in your house. 2700 looks real good on dark wood and red foliage. A 3,000 Kelvin temperature is also good for LED Landscape Lighting because it is clean whit light and can really make trees and large shrubs “pop”.
What are the Advantages of LED Landscape Lighting?
There are 3 main advantages to LED Landscape Lighting. Energy Savings, maintenance and virtual elimination of voltage drop. Saving energy today is a big deal especially today.
The unpredictability of today’s energy costs no longer affords us with the steady and reliable energy rates we had in the past. LED offers the same if not more light output with a 70% (on average) decrease in energy consumptions. With typical use at night, your system LED Landscape Lighting system will virtually pay for itself in a few years. Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours. The lower wattage you use in a fixture, the lower the energy cost. Remember, lower wattage does not mean less bright! LED’s today deliver plenty of light at low wattages.
Maintenance of the LED landscape fixture is another huge consideration when evaluating LED vs. traditional sources. Kichler LED Landscape Lighting fixtures are driver integrated and self-contained meaning there is no changing of the lamps or diodes. Most LED fixtures last anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 hours of everyday use. That is a very long time compared to a typical incandescent fixture lasting on for approximately 5,000 hours.
Lastly, Kichler’s LED’s can handle many voltage drop issues and make the design of a system easy.
Check out our large selection of LED Landscape Lighting with various styles including: Aluminum, Brass, Plastic, and Polycarbonate.