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Give Your Outdoor Lighting an LED Makeover

Outdoor lighting enhances your home's architectural features and landscaping, increases security and safety, and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere once the sun goes down.

If you’re still using halogen bulbs, it’s time to consider a refresh to light-emitting diode (LED) lights, advises Rigs Santos, a residential energy advisor at Walton EMC.

Although an LED outdoor lighting system may initially cost a little more, the long-term savings is significant. Depending on the size of the system, it could begin paying for itself in both energy savings and reduced maintenance expenses in three to four years. 

Thanks to technology advances and price drops, LED lighting is now preferred for landscaping and security lighting. LEDs use 25 to 30 percent of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than halogen incandescents, according to Energy.gov.

Here are a few reasons to make the switch from traditional halogen bulbs to LEDs for outdoor lighting:

A typical LED light can last about 50,000 hours, or nearly 20 years in the average outdoor application. Halogen bulbs, which have a maximum life of about 3,600 hours, must be replaced every one to two years.

LED lighting consumes up to 80 percent less power than halogen bulbs. A 30-watt halogen bulb can be replaced with a 5-watt LED bulb to produce the equivalent light.

Halogen lights break easily. LEDs are much more durable.

LED landscape lighting rivals other options, offering a wide and varied range of beam angles, colors and wattages.

Same as halogen bulbs, LED diodes turn on instantly in milliseconds. That’s why LEDs are widely used in motion-activated floodlights.

Most landscape lighting systems currently using low-voltage halogen bulbs can be easily converted to LEDs.

LEDs can be recycled. Traditional halogen lights contain mercury and can’t be recycled.