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Why the Popularity of LED Outdoor Lighting Keeps Increasing

LED is becoming a very popular option in lighting systems all around.  You may have heard the term LED before, but are not sure of the benefits beyond the energy savings.  While efficiency is the most important benefit for many homeowners, there are several more that add to the lighting equation, and that’s inclusive of our outdoor lighting systems as well.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has been manufacturing light-emitting diode, or LED, outdoor lighting fixtures using the U.S. made CREE brand chips for a couple of years now.  These

LED lighting technology

LED lighting technology

top-quality chips give our LED technology the longevity, efficiency and environmental friendliness

that make our lighting stand out, literally.  How do they do all this?  Here’s how:

Longevity: The process by which LEDs produce light differs from traditional lighting.  LEDs produce a cold light while traditional bulbs use heat to produce a light.  That means LEDs will not overheat, and the life of the bulb will be extended.  In fact, our LEDs last up to 50,000 hours – 40 times longer than traditional bulbs.  In addition, they are more resilient than other types of outdoor bulbs, and react better to changes in temperature and other environmental elements.

Efficiency:   Energy-efficiency is probably what you know best about LEDs.  LEDs do in fact use less energy, and ours use up to 80% less energy, which saves you money.

Environmentally-friendly: Since our LEDs last longer, they reduce the amount of waste every year.  They are also easier to dispose of and recycle since they contain NO mercury, and they give off much less carbon dioxide emissions.  All of these factors combined lead to a smaller carbon footprint left on our environment.

LED Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesAdding the equation together shows that LEDs really are the way to go, but the final decision ultimately comes down to the effect of the lighting.  When you are making an investment in quality outdoor lighting, you want to be sure the light output looks natural and is highlighting the uniqueness of your property.  Unlike older LED technology that gave off a blue tint and inadequate illumination, our LEDs produce a warm color and brightness that is indistinguishable from traditional halogen outdoor lighting.

If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re ready to talk LED, give us a call.  We can answer any questions you may have or discuss your options.  Even if you own a halogen lighting system from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples or someone else, we talk about retrofitting it with the new LED technology.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  Naples

Why Color is So Important for Outdoor Lighting in Naples

A couple of weeks ago, while writing about our technologically advanced LEDs, we touched upon CRI or the Color Rendering Index.  We’d like to explain how CRI works to show you why we are so excited about the rating in our lighting fixtures.

Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a scale used to measure a light source’s ability to reproduce the colors and textures of an object as closely as natural light would.  The CRI scale ranges from 1-100;

Southwest Florida’s outdoor lighting looks like natural light when the CRI is above 80.

the higher the number, the better the score.  Poor color, or where color does not show, rates at a 79 or lower.  Good color is achieved in the range of 80 – 94, and great color rates at 95 or above.

That may sound a little technical, but it can be boiled down to this: every light source generates color and the color of light your outdoor fixtures produce should look as natural as possible.  If you recall the comparison photo in our past story, our low-voltage halogen lighting and our advanced LED lighting were very comparable.  That’s because the CRI of both lighting sources is over 80.  LED technology, until recently, rated low on the CRI scale.  The new LEDs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples are rated at a CRI of 80, and in some cases 90 and above. That means our LEDS will show textures and colors the same way you would see them during the day, making LEDs a great choice in outdoor lighting. Not only will your lighting give off a natural glow, it also costs about one-tenth of the price to run as traditional lighting.  And, our LED “bulbs” have a rated life of 50,000 hours. That’s years’ worth of continuous operation.

Energy-efficiencies, long bulb life and a high CRI rating are great reasons to be excited about our LEDs.  What’s more is that our LED technology can be retrofitted into your existing system.  Give us a call to talk about getting a system installed at your home.

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples