LED technology is fairly recent. But today’s buzz is all about being green and reducing one’s carbon footprint. So this new technology makes a lot of sense. But, what are the facts?
Being “green” has become a hot topic. We cannot (and wouldn’t!) speak about green technologies that do not apply to outdoor lighting, but, yes, we can and will speak about LED lighting as it applies to what we so dearly love: creating beautiful, unique, and customized outdoor lighting décors.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. This technology has been in use for many years. By example the On/Off light of your cell phone or laptop is an LED light, among so many other applications. Unlike a traditional halogen bulb, the LED bulb does not produce light by heating up a filament, thus it has a much longer lifespan: 50 to 100 times longer! An LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours vs. 3,000 on average for a halogen one.
Because they last longer, they do not fill our landfills as rapidly as other type of bulbs, and because their energy consumption is so much lower, they can be run with a much-reduced impact on the environment. Running an outdoor lighting system is never very expensive; however, an all LED system could reduce your cost by about 80%!
This is a relatively new technology: the bulbs and the fixtures are more expensive than their halogen equivalent. But, because it costs a lot less to run and because you do not need to worry about changing the bulbs every year, we determined that the additional cost of installing an LED system is amortized in 3 to 5 years depending on the number of lamps installed (the more lamps, the faster it is amortized).
The questions on everybody’s mind are about color and quality of the lighting. One of the main concerns being that LED is always very bright and that LED lighting has a different color tone – bluish and cold. Not so long ago this was absolutely true. But today, the technology has progressed so much that you need an experienced eye to “see” the difference. The Color Rendition Index (CRI) is very close to matching the CRI of an halogen bulb and the warmth has been dropped to an average of 2,700 to 3,000 degree Kelvin bringing it within range of the halogen technology.
We have access to new fixtures specifically designed to accommodate LED bulbs, and the ever growing diversity of the beams, intensity, and styles available allows us to be as precise and inventive (we wouldn’t have compromised this aspect of our work; the artistry is still there!). We can also completely retrofit existing halogen systems with LED bulbs cutting your running costs by 80% in average.
If you want to see for yourself, request a FREE nighttime demonstration. Call us at 973.486.0819 or email: northernNJ@outdoorlights.com to learn more about LED outdoor lighting technology and to see if it may be the right fit for you.