Nashville, TN – When choosing the right type of outdoor lighting for a home, there are two main options: LED and incandescent. While both types of lighting have their pros and cons, understanding the differences between the two can help homeowners make an informed decision on which one is best for specific needs. And If your landscaper or electrician looks at you with a funny look when you ask about incandescent lighting, then you may want to find a new designer.
Landscape lighting season is creeping up fast, and that means that Nashville homeowners are beginning the last-minute seasonal scramble to decide what type of lights they want shining on their homes. Lumenate explains that there are options and that one isn’t always better than the other. LED lights might be more energy-efficient, but incandescent bulbs also have a purpose.
What are LED lights?
LED is just an acronym for “light emitting diode.” These types of lights are known for their energy efficiency and long lifespan. Unlike incandescent lights, which use an old-fashioned filament to produce light, LED lights use a semiconductor to convert electrical energy into light.
Pros of LED Lights
Lumenate Uses the latest technology in LED lighting for their outdoor, landscape, and event lighting endeavors.
- Energy efficient. LED lights use markedly less energy than incandescent lights, which can help homeowners save on their monthly energy bills.
- Long lifespan. LED lights have a longer usable lifespan when compared to incandescent bulbs. This means they won’t have to be replaced quite as often.
- Brightness control. One of the greatest perks of LED lights is that they can be dimmed to a specific level of brightness. Many also come in color-changing options that make them ideal for holiday lighting.
- Durability. When it comes to durability, LED lights can’t be outshined. They are much more able to handle being thrown around in an attic than their incandescent counterparts.
Cons of LED Lights
While LED lights are a great option for most homeowners, they aren’t right for everyone.
- Upfront cost. LED lights are usually more expensive from the beginning than incandescent bulbs. This is offset by long-term cost savings.
What Are Incandescent Lights?
Incandescent lighting has been around as a viable option for homeowners since 1879, when Edison’s first long-lasting bolt burned for a grand total of 40 hours.
Pros Of Incandescent Lights
- Creates a greater emotional response. This may sound silly but great lighting should elicit some type of emotion. LED, while you can achieve a warm color tone from the light, there is nothing in the lighting world that replicates the burning of filament inside an incandescent light. Used appropriately in scones and lanterns, it can put a lighting design over the top!
- Low upfront cost. Incandescent lights are usually more friendly on the wallet than LED lights.
Cons Of Incandescent Lights
- Energy inefficient. Incandescent lighting is as energy-consuming as LED lights are energy-efficient.
- Short lifespan. Unlike LED bulbs, which are meant to last up to 100,000 hours, an incandescent light may only stay lit for 1000 hours or less.
- Fragility. Incandescent lights break much easier than their LED counterparts, and that typically makes them a less attractive option for outdoor lighting.
Choosing The Right Light For Events, Holidays, And Landscaping
Lumenate explains that it’s not always easy to choose the right type of lighting. Homeowners have many things to consider, and the type of bulb they use is usually a personal preference.
For event and holiday lighting, incandescent lights can give off a warm, inviting glow. However, LEDs may also be appropriate, and a lighting technician can offer more insight into which is best.
For those looking to create an eye-catching landscape, LEDs are the way to go. These are highly customizable and much more durable than incandescent bulbs. LED lights are a great option for pathway lights, architectural lighting, and mood lighting around the patio or pool.
So, which is best? Lumenate says it all depends. At the end of the day it comes down to application and lighting goals. Finding the right lighting designer that knows how to achieve your goals will ensure success out of the gate.
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