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The Advantages Of LEDs

There are many advantages of LEDs and today their affordability makes them a better choice, than once they may have been a few years before.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

LEDs provide a greater energy efficiency of up to 90%, when compared to traditional bulbs.

Because they don’t heat up, like incandescent bulbs do, more of the energy gets turned into light and is not turned into heat.

This means they last far, far longer.

A traditional incandescent bulb only uses about 20% for lighting, 80% is wasted as heat.

The implications of this aren’t just great for householders wanting a more energy efficient approach, but also for use in businesses and especially places which must always be lit up – airports and stations and hospitals.

LIGHT UP QUICKLY

Unlike some other types of longer lasting light bulbs, LEDs light up almost instantaneously, without flickering or being dim.

For this reason, LEDs are used in things like traffic lights.

Around the house they have their benefits and they can be turned on and off repeatedly, with no ill effects.

LONGER LASTING

Because these are more energy efficient, naturally, LEDs last longer than traditional bulbs, or any other type of lighting.

Now that they are far cheaper than they used to be, they represent fantastic value for money.

HARDWEARING

LEDs are far more shock resilient and can withstand bumps and noise and other rough treatment, which would cause a lesser bulb to fail.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

LEDs are not toxic. Unlike other types of fluorescent lighting, there is no mercury present in LEDs.

Also, LEDs are completely recyclable and added to its long lifespan, can save up to 25 incandescent bulbs.

WORKS IN HEAT AND COLD EXTREMES

An LED will not be affected by the extremities in temperature. This is why they can be used as the lights in fridges!

Additionally, they can be used outdoors and so make great garden lights.

Inbouw led spots buiten will not be affected by the snow, cold and other weather conditions.

FANTASTIC LIGHTING EFFECTS

The light that LEDs give off is unwavering and ambient and can also be used to give many effects, in a lot of different colours.

Inbouw led verlichting can be used to provide strong, pure and warm beams of light or used sparingly, to build up a layered effect with other types of lighting.

LED STRIPS

LED strips are lighting the way, everywhere you could think of putting them, these days.

And they are a lot more cost efficient than they ever used to be.

We like them when they pop up in unexpected places, like under the bed, as a motion sensor night light, or along the stairwell.

This can add a real classy look to your stairs and remember- they can be used externally as well, to make your garden steps safer!

SPOTLIGHTING

Down lights and inbouw spotjes can all be LEDs these days.

These offer all the benefits you would expect from LEDs, the warm, unwavering quality of light and the instant on and off advantages.

And these can be recessed as in inbouwspots, to provide a lot of smaller, subtle lights in your ceiling.

WORKS WITH A LOW VOLTAGE

Because LEDs work well with a low voltage, this makes them a good choice for outdoor duties.

It also means that they can run efficiently off a battery for a long time, before they dim.

CAN BE DIMMABLE

Finally, it is now possible to get fully functioning dimbare inbouw led spots, as well as other types of dimmable bulbs for LEDs.

Just make sure that you have checked that the dimmer switch that you have purchased will actually work with the LEDs that you have got!

Outdoor Lighting For Your Home

MINIMISING LIGHT POLLUTION

Before you make the decision to floodlight your entire garden, first it is an idea to measure it.

You don’t want to over light it and add to light pollution.

Tips for minimising light pollution include the careful positioning of lights, so they don’t glare outwards from your garden and instead just spotlight what is underneath it.

SHADOWING

Clever use of spotlighting can help build up a layered effect. If you have an interesting shape, like a statue or a planter you would like to spotlight, you can also create an elegant shadow behind it.

LIGHTING DRIVEWAYS AND PATIOS

Edges of pathways and driveways can be lit, firstly to provide a practical level of safety, to ensure that you can see where you are going in the dark.

But secondly, they can also be used to create a truly beautiful ambient look.

FEATURE LIGHTING

If you are stuck for where to place your exterior lighting, then illuminating the features in your garden – i.e. any statues or other notable features such as masonry or any garden seating you may have, is always a good way to start.

A garden swing or decorative pot, could be illuminated with some very small LEDs or fairy lights, for example.

THE ROCKERY

If you have a rockery, then lights can be placed on the ground, between the rocks to create an interesting shadowed effect.

We would suggest the use of small LED lights (link to post 2), which can fit unobtrusively in the gaps in your rockery or bedding plants, to illuminate them beautifully at night.

GARDEN STEPS

Any steps or low walls in your garden would benefit from having some lights present in both the recesses, so you can see where the drop is and along the perimeters.

We would always recommend lighting on external steps, or indeed any other area where there is a sudden change in height or depth.

WATER LIGHTS

Putting lighting next to your water features, fountains and ponds is great way of accentuating them.

It is in particular, a very pretty way of highlighting running water and remember – the lighting does not only have to be white.

The use of coloured lighting, around running water, will add some nice touches to your garden at night.

TREE LIGHTS

Don’t forget your trees to add a truly magical feel to your garden!

Fairy lights can be added to trees and bushes, to emphasize their height and beauty.

Hanging lights can also be placed on trees, as well as other tall features.