21 Jun 7 Good Reasons to upgrade to High Performance LED Landscape Lighting
By Mike Gambino
Good lighting, beautiful lighting, new lighting outside your home can really work miracles for the space’s look and feel, and even your own well-being. But, when trying to save money, springing for new lights can feel like too much of a luxury. How do you know when it’s worth it?
We’ve come up with the 7 best reasons you should say YES! to a landscape lighting upgrade:
1. You’re wasting money.
This reasoning isn’t too hard to figure out. Wasting money on old, energy-sucking lights is worse than saving money on new, energy-saving lights. There may be a little more expense upfront, but new, efficient lights will pay for themselves really quickly.
2. You have trouble seeing.
If your lights are inadequate, especially in areas where you have to intensely focus on tasks you’re not doing yourself any favors. Eyestrain does not make for a pleasant and peaceful environment. Good lighting in these will make it much easier to focus, and to get things right the first time. Make your outdoor space a healthy one with task lighting essentials like overhead lights in the patio, or a good spot light for the bbq.
3. You can’t keep up.
Especially if you have light fixtures in hard to reach places like up in trees and inside water, maintaining them can be a huge pain. If you switch out older filament light bulbs that burn out all too often with LEDs, you’ll save time replacing them, and money for their replacements. For instance, if you have incandescent halogen light bulbs in tree mounted fixtures up very high in a tree, upgrading to some quality LED’s then you won’t have to worry about replacing them for years and years.
4. You don’t feel safe.
Whether you’re renovating with aging in mind, or just being smart about your assets, adequate safety lighting is a must for everyone. You should always invest in a quality outdoor lighting system, like floodlights under eaves and step lights to let you see late at night. Prowlers also won’t come near a well lit house, for fear of being spotted.
5. You’ve resolved to go green.
Being more sustainable is a really popular lifestyle trend. But, if you’re going green while keeping old, inefficient lights in use, you’re not being as green as you could be. Lighting accounts for about 20% of the world’s energy consumption. LEDs have the potential to reduce that number by up to 80% when coupled with smart lighting controls. If the world were to only reduce the amount of energy it uses for lighting by 40%, we would eliminate around 670 million tons of CO2!
So you’ve decided to make a huge change this year – to put your house on the market. If you’re planning to leave, you might not see the point in changing out sub-par lights. However, real estate agents advise that bad lighting can be a huge deterrent for potential home buyers. “What is she trying to hide?” they might think, “I could never see myself living in such a gloomy place.” Cheerful, inviting, and efficient light always makes a home look cleaner, newer, and more expensive.
7. You just don’t like your lights.
If you’ve spent years dealing with ugly or unsightly and broken lights, or lights that just don’t fit your style, it’s time to make a change. Stressing about how to camouflage a hideous path light, or deal with the nauseating greenish glow of ancient mercury vapor emanating from a tree just isn’t worth it. Sometimes enough is enough. Ultimately, you have to do what makes you happy.
This landscape lighting blog is published by Mike Gambino of Gambino landscape lighting inc. all rights reserved. Mike is a professional landscape lighting system designer/ builder and has been designing, installing and maintaining landscape lighting systems for more than 20 years. Mike resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 2 sons. To visit his website go to www.gambinolighting.com . To inquire about hiring Mike please click here .
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