The LED technology has set new standards: in energy efficiency, for the environment, for the flexibility it offers in the designs.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a semiconductor device that emits visible light when an electric current passes through it. The diode is extremely small and therefore can fit easily in almost any electric circuit. Individual LED’s are clustered on a circuit board to create an array, which is then incorporated into a lamp (technical term for a bulb).
Unlike a traditional halogen lamp, the LED lamp does not produce light by heating up a filament, thus it has a much longer lifespan: 50 to 100 times longer! LED lamps also do not burn gases or use mercury, making them a lot safer for the planet! And an LED lamp can last up to 50,000 hours vs. 3,000 on average for a halogen one.
In most cases, we can retrofit your existing system: with the technological advances made, you no longer need to purchase fixtures designed specifically to work with LED lamps; however, of course, the end result will be more efficient, satisfying, and stunning if the fixtures have the same standards of quality than the lamps. And if you care about being “green,” the energy savings will be substantial: an LED outdoor lighting system consumes about 80% LESS ELECTRICITY (!) than your actual halogen system.
Because they last longer, the LED lamps do not fill our landfills as rapidly as other type of lamps, 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%!
LED light is different from halogen light; this is a fact. When creating a design using LED, we need to consider the 2 main characteristics that define the quality and the consistency of LED lighting: the Color Rendition Index (CRI) and the Correlated Color Temperature (CCT).
The CRI describes how a light source makes the colors appear to your human eye and how the variations in shades are revealed. It is numbered on a scale from 0 to 100 percent indicating how accurate a light source is at rendering colors when compared to a reference. The higher the CRI, the better the color rendering ability. Halogen is the “reference” light source and has a CRI of 100. Our LED lamps have a CRI of 82-86, which is considered extremely high today.
The CCT is measured in degree Kelvin. The higher, the more the light output will turn in the blue and cold range; the lower, the more the light will appear warm. Color temperatures over 5,000K are often referred to as cool colors (colors with a bluish tone), while lower color temperatures (in the 2,700-3,000K range) are called warm colors (from yellow to reddish tone).
LED lamps have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Their efficiency depends on the quality, on the system design, and on the operating environment. As dedicated LED outdoor architectural and landscape specialists, our expertise allows us to make the most of today’s new LED technology. We are committed to stay informed so you can be sure that any new technological development, once properly vetted, will be promptly incorporated in our base offering.