Slowly but surely low energy technology is changing the way in which we light our homes and businesses. And it is not just in the interior of our homes where we are seeing such an impact. The advantages of using the latest technologies outside are also becoming clear.
The changes LED or light emitting diode technology have brought to the way we live over the last 20 years are continuing. The advantages of the new type of lighting apply just as much to the garden as they do to the inside of our homes. Manufacturers have seized the opportunities with enthusiasm and there are now countless products designed for the garden which use LEDs. Paths through gardens are now edged with cheap, versatile and sturdy LED lights. They are also an excellent way in which to highlight attractive features of a garden, such as a pond, cupola or rare tree. And because they are up to 85 per cent more efficient than halogen lights they are so much cheaper than the traditional wired garden lighting system. Some stand-alone LED lights are solar powered and have rechargeable batteries, so once the initial purchase price has been covered they have zero running costs.
It is not just In decorating the garden where it pays to use the latest technologies. Try a system of flood lights for LEDs to demonstrate their benefits. Traditionally, flood lights used halogen lamps and were the preserve of concert venues and football stadia; or were deployed as security lights outside homes and businesses. It is clear that LEDs offer significant performance improvements; they give out a brighter light; come in a wide range of styles and colours; and offer substantially improved longevity and reduced running costs.
A floodlight or wide angle fitting is particularly useful for highlighting walls or covering larger areas in a wall-wash approach. Flood lights utilising LED systems are more precise than their halogen halogen set-ups, allowing for a greater degree of control over direction and the area thus illuminated. The same technology remains ideal for security lights around your home or business.
Swapping traditional flood lights for LEDs makes a great deal of sense. Older technology is far less efficient than LEDs, using vastly more power and producing a great deal of waste heat. Because halogen or sodium lights became very hot, we have all witnessed them steaming in the rain; they were limited as to location because of the risk of starting a fire. LED lights produce almost no heat, so they can be put in far more sensitive places without having to worry about the fire risk. It also makes them safer and easier to operate.
Traditional technology offered a choice of two colours. Halogen bulbs put out a blue-tinged light whereas sodium bulbs had a yellowish hue. The colour could only be changed by using acoloured filter or lens over the bulb, which meant more expense and reduced light output. LED lights come in many different colours so there is no need to install a filter at all.
It is fairly clear as to why LEDs are being used for more and more applications. They last a lot longer, they are a lot cheaper and they are extremely flexible. As more people discover the advantages and potential of LEDs for themselves, halogen and sodium lamps will become things of the past.