Installing lights in the garden is a wonderful way to light up the darkness and continue to enjoy those summer evenings even when night falls. Before installing an outdoor system, homeowners should research the different types of lights available and what the impact to their utility bill will be. Other aspects to research are longevity of the bulbs.
The rising cost of electricity and the recent concerns about rapidly depleting natural resources make the power used by outdoor lighting an important consideration. LED bulbs use much less power than their halogen counterparts do. These energy efficient bulbs can also be found in solar power options that don’t use any electricity. These lights have bulbs that will last for many years and at the same time won’t increase the power bill.
These eco friendly landscape lights offer homeowners another advantage in that the bulbs last much longer than traditional bulbs. Traditional halogen bulbs typically have to be replaced every 5,000 hours while LED light bulbs last 40,000 hours. This means that homeowners don’t have to be concerned with changing light bulbs as often as they would if they were using halogen bulbs.
The light that is emitted by LED bulbs can be a brilliant white light or it can one of 16 million color combinations created by combining various amounts of red, green and blue to get the desired hue. Landscape architects can use the colors to create dramatic lighting scenes. The low level light combined with the many different colors available gives these artists a virtual palette of colors and options to work with and design beautiful yards.
Many energy efficient light bulbs and fixtures are an inexpensive lighting option for the garden that creates beautiful lighting patterns wherever they are placed. They can be installed in water features and used to light landscape pathways. The lights can also be placed strategically to brighten up natural objects in the landscape without overpowering them.
Homeowners have many options when installing landscape lights and the use of energy efficient bulbs is an inexpensive option for adding garden lights to the backyard and creating a place to enjoy at night.
Source by Sharon V Chapman