A little over a week ago, we were finishing up our time at the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show, and as we mentioned during the show, many homeowners who stopped by had particular interest in LED outdoor lighting. As judicious consumers are, they wanted to ensure that when they make a decision regarding outdoor lighting installation it is the right one for themselves and their property. Today, it’s no secret that high quality LED outdoor lights look just as good as any other outdoor lighting type. And they far exceed the beauty of solar outdoor lighting. But what are the small differences that can make a big impact on what is best for you? Let’s do a side-by-side comparison of LED and quartz halogen outdoor lighting, so you can see those variations area by area.
|Natural Quality of Light*||Bulbs available from 2,800 – 7,500° on the Kelvin Temperature Scale.||Bulbs rate at 3,000° on the Kelvin Color Temperature Scale.|
|Installation Costs||Higher – the cost of LED components is a greater upfront investment.||Lower – Quartz halogen is older technology with components that are easier to manufacture.|
|Type of Bulb||Light emitting diode – not really a bulb at all.||Tungsten filament bulb.|
|Longevity of Components||Longer – Because LEDs don’t have filaments, they don’t “burn out” in the traditional sense. They last up to 10x longer than halogen and are cooler to operate, which is easier on wiring and the transformer as well.||Shorter – Quartz halogen bulbs contain filaments that burn out and are very hot operators. This, in turn, puts greater stress on all system components.|
|Energy Operating Costs||Lower – LED fixtures need less energy to output the same amount and quality of light. Energy costs associated with the system will be lower.||Higher – Quartz halogen systems need energy to operate. Month to month energy costs associated with the system are higher than LED systems.|
|Maintenance Costs||Lower– While components do cost more, they are replaced less frequently because the components of an LED system have a longer life span.||Higher– Bulbs will need to be replaced more frequently and other components may need more frequent maintenance too.|
* 2,800-3,000° Kelvin is considered optimal for outdoor lighting.
As you can see, the best system really depends on the homeowner’s needs at the time of installation. For some, a higher cost upfront is preferable; for others, it is the other way around. Aesthetically, the same look will be achieved regardless of the system type.
You may also be happy to know that if you install a halogen system and decide to upgrade later on, the conversion is simple, inexpensive, and uses the same fixtures installed for halogen bulbs.
For those homeowners we have recently met, whether you have torn out old, inferior lighting and landscaping, want to replace an older system, or are starting new construction, get Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Columbus involved early. Outdoor lighting is installed for curb appeal, security, and safety, so you certainly want it done right the first time. Call us today. We are happy to talk through your unique situation and develop the best solution based on your priorities.
J.K. Smith, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Columbus