Landscape lighting can certainly transform your Atlanta commercial property once the sun goes down.
It highlights your strengths, like your signage and your entryway, to ensure your customers, tenants and visitors find their way in. It enhances your features and hot spots for more hours than daylight alone provides. And it keeps people on your property safe and secure during their stay.
But with all of the buzz lately about LED landscape lighting, it might make you wonder if you should upgrade and reap the numerous benefits this new technology provides.
After installing countless landscape lighting for commercial properties across Atlanta, we can tell you there are some solid reasons you should consider the switch to LED landscape lighting.
LEDs Last Longer
A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Once used just for cell phone and digital watch displays, LEDs have advanced to the point where this lighting category will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales by 2030.
Once an outdoor lighting system is installed, it—like anything else on your property—requires maintenance. Even when using high-quality incandescent or halogen products in a landscape lighting system, light bulbs burn out, plants grow and block lights, wires become exposed, lenses get dirty, etc.
Since all of these things need to be done throughout the year, the cost of lamps and labor to replace them can get pretty expensive, depending on the size of your commercial landscape lighting system. But with LED, the fixture or lamp lasts about 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more. Some LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also takes far less time to clean the lenses and so maintenance may only need to be done once annually and in less time.
You’ll Save Money With LEDs
LED lighting typically costs more up front than incandescent lights, which can make you cautious about making the switch. But you’ll actually save money in the long run using LEDs.
How? Low-voltage LED landscape lighting uses a fraction of the electricity incandescent or halogen bulbs use. Today’s LED bulbs can be six to seven time more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.
In 2012, approximately 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S., saving about $675 million in annual energy costs, according to Energy.gov. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
LEDs Are Cooler … Literally
Incandescent and halogen bulbs produce a ton of heat. In fact, up to 90 percent of their energy is given off as heat. On a commercial property, this could increase the risk of fire if dry leaves or flammable materials come in contact with a hot bulb. LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat.
Also, while LEDs were known at one point to put off more of a bluish light, today’s newer LED models can produce the same soft, white light as a regular bulb.
You Want A More Sustainable Property
Being more sustainable can get you Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points and boost your building’s “green” appeal. But you can’t do that while using inefficient landscape lights.
LED light sources are gaining popularity due to the growing energy conservation movement. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, no other lighting technology offers as much potential to save energy and enhance the quality of our building environments.
Not only does the energy savings mentioned above make LEDs more sustainable, but so does their ability to emit less heat and last longer, reducing the need for maintenance and replacements.
Learn More About LED Landscape Lighting For Your Atlanta Commercial Property
Landscape lighting can improve your commercial site’s safety and security while creating an inviting environment at night by enhancing site features, architecture and landscaping. You can benefit more from using LED lights in your landscape because they are less expensive to maintain, give you more design flexibility, offer greater efficiency and considerably decrease energy bills.
HighGrove Partners can show you a variety of LED lighting options and upgrades for your Atlanta commercial property. Give us a call at 678-298-0550 or use our simple contact form.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2015 Commercial Property Trends Report below for more tips and trends to help your commercial property stay in demand and become more attractive, safer and more sustainable this year and for years to follow.
Last modified: July 7, 2015