LED Lighting – Back to Basics

Whether you’re a fan of low-energy lighting or you prefer more familiar incandescent bulbs, you’re probably familiar with the benefits of LED lighting. LEDs, once expensive home illumination for the rich and the hyper eco-conscious, have dropped in price and expanded in reach. Today homeowners, businesses, and even cities choose LEDs for security lighting and architectural illumination. But what is an LED, exactly, and why is it so beneficial for outdoor lighting?

Light Emitting Diode

An LED is a light-emitting diode, a solid semiconductor that emits light when a current passes through it. Engineers specifically design LED bulbs based on their intended purpose: indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, holiday lighting, or security lighting. Each LED fixture is specifically chosen to give a business or residence the best security, nighttime illumination, and aesthetically-pleasing light possible.

Benefits of LEDs

LED light close upEven homeowners who use incandescent lighting likely know the key benefits of LED lighting. LEDs are low-energy lighting, saving homeowners up to $1500 per year in energy bills. LED lighting lasts almost three times longer than mercury vapor lighting (and 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs). But installing LED lighting in your home or business has other, less obvious benefits:

  • LEDs mimic daylight, eliminating harsh shadows and increasing the efficiency of home security lighting
  • LED lighting has instant illumination and restrike
  • LEDs work in cold temperatures without requiring warmup
  • LED lights won’t go “lights out” if a single LED fails
  • LEDs contain no mercury or other toxic chemicals
  • LEDs are dark sky friendly – they let off less light pollution than incandescent, mercury vapor, fluorescent, or halogen bulbs

Are you ready to transform your home with low-energy illumination? Call Southern Nights Illuminations for a free consultation on installing home security lighting.

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