The effects of cold weather on outdoor LED lighting
Lighting can add functionality and ambiance to an outdoor space. Homeowners looking to light up a patio, sidewalk, driveway or even highlight key architectural features of the property may wish to consider investing in LED lights.
LED lights use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
There are three factors that determine the cost of lighting. The cost of energy to produce the light, the cost of maintaining the light (including time spent changing bulbs), and the actual cost of the bulb.
"By far, the most important cost of lighting is the energy your lights consume, not the cost of your bulbs," says Greg Thorson, CEO and co-founder of EnvironmentalLights.com. "Energy-efficient lighting is one of the best investments you can make - low risk, with very high payoff."
On average, it costs about $4.80 to operate a traditional incandescent bulb for a year (electricity cost). By comparison, it would cost about $1.00 to operate a LED bulb with the same lumens (brightness).
Cutting cost from a landscaping project is ideal. However, before breaking out the wallet to make a purchase, it is important to check out how temperature will affect the light bulbs performance. Most LED lights are rated for a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and their color may change due to increases or decreases in temperature, according to LEDs Magazine.
In order to avoid this, a consumer should always check to make sure the LED bulbs they are purchasing are labeled for outdoor use and at what temperatures. Choosing the correct LED system for outdoor lighting can save a consumer money, increase safety and provide aesthetic appeal to any home.