Is There Such a Thing as Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting?

energy efficient outdoor lightingWith all the greenwashing that’s been going on in commerce in the past 10 years, there’s no wonder homeowners are suspicious of energy efficient outdoor lighting. We’ve learned over the past decade that companies will promote products as energy savers when they aren’t offering consumers any significant benefits. No one wants to invest a chunk of change into converting to a product now unless it’s proven to be a good deal.

Here are three ways energy efficient outdoor lighting will pay off:

1. Energy Use and Emissions Output:

Case studies from commercial and residential applications demonstrate an energy savings of 80 – 85 percent between low-light LEDs and conventional incandescent light bulbs. For every dollar you’re spending on outdoor lighting now, you could be spending just 15 or 20 cents.

Similarly, low-light LEDs produce just 450 pounds of carbon emissions per year, where an incandescent bulb pumps out more than 10 times that amount. Of course, a lot depends on the brand of bulb you use too. Professional installers have access to bulk purchases of high quality products they trust with their reputation, so they’re likely more reliable than a generic or unknown brand being sold at the local hardware store.

2. Resources and Cost:

Because low-light LEDs last up to 50,000 hours, they’re perfect for outdoor installations where they may be running all night. In contrast, incandescent bulbs last 1000 – 2000 hours depending on brand. Even the shelf-life of CFLs pale in comparison, at just 20,000 hours. (Of course, CFLs sensitivity to cold temperatures make them bad choices for outdoor installations in many areas.)

The longer a bulb lasts, the fewer times it will need to be replaced, which significantly cuts down on waste. Materials used in the manufacturing, packaging and shipping of the bulbs is saved, as is the resulting waste, and a tremendous amount of energy is saved once manufacturing, disposal and shipping is considered. Also, while low-light LEDs generally cost more than incandescent bulbs, the fact that one lasts so much longer than a traditional bulb helps offset the cost.

3. Labor and Home Value:

Face it. Some payoffs have very little to do with the numbers, and few make a bigger impact than the ability to replace sweat equity with financial savings. Low-light LEDs, even when they’re left on all day, every day, are estimated to last 15 years or more. This opens up a world of opportunity for property owners interested in artistic lighting techniques but who are put off by the idea of changing bulbs in hard to reach places. Hiring someone to change your bulbs once a decade or so makes the maintenance involved in moonlighting, for instance, much more manageable.

By installing LEDs, you can take advantage of a wider range of landscaping and security options. These features are sure to add value to your home. In addition to creating a stunning outdoor nighttime display, you can push this as a green energy initiative. Reports demonstrate an increase in selling price based on green features, so the investment in LEDs will pay for itself several times over if you sell your home in the future.

Call Showcase Outdoors at (470) 251-2033 for a free estimate on energy efficient outdoor lighting. You’ll improve the look of your property, reduce the maintenance required to keep it looking that way and you’ll lower your utility bills. Plus, you’ll do something good for the environment, and hopefully show your friends and neighbors how easy it is to invest in green energy.