Myths About LED Lighting

Two-story home with pond in front at night lit up by security lighting

The world of lighting keeps getting more innovative. With LED lighting, energy efficiency and environmental protection are factors many homeowners and business owners consider when choosing their lighting. However, many people are often hesitant to give up their old bulbs in favor of LEDs. Some myths surrounding LED lights include that they are expensive or don’t offer variety. If you are considering LED lights but have had these same thoughts, allow the experts at Creative Nightscapes to help quell those fears. Our experts are going to debunk the myths about LED lighting with the truth to give you the power to make the right decision for your home. 

LED Lights Will Cost You an Arm and a Leg

Today, LED lights are the most energy-efficient lighting technology and have an impressive lifespan that puts its competitors to shame. LED lights, which stands for light-emitting diode, are designed to emit light in specific directions instead of scattering light in all directions like traditional light bulbs. This helps reduce light pollution and waste, giving you light only where you need it. 

On the other hand, incandescent lights waste up to 90% of their energy, burning it up as heat. Not only can you burn your fingers when changing the bulbs, but your energy bill will be higher than if you used LED lights. 

While it is true that LED lights have a higher initial cost, they make it up with their impressive lifespan and high energy efficiency. Because you buy bulbs less often, LED lights basically pay for themselves. 

LED Lights Last Forever?

LED lights boast an incredible lifespan of 20 years. Depending on the model, you can get up to 25,000 hours of light from your bulbs. Compared to regular incandescent bulbs, this is up to 20 times longer. Compared to compact fluorescent bulbs, LED lights will last you five times longer.

LED Lights All Look the Same

A Stone path cuts through landscaping leading up to a poolLED lights are not all the same. Some have brighter lights, some are colored, and others are used in different sized areas. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. An expert outdoor lighting installer can help you design and set up the perfect landscape lighting for your needs and your home. 

LED Bulbs Contain Hazardous or Dangerous Substances

Unlike fluorescent lights, LED lights are not made up of mercury or other toxic materials. Instead, LED lights are made using safe materials, such as phosphorus and gallium phosphide. They are also very secure – they are bound up tight in a semiconductor material that is extremely hard to break open, even when the lightbulb goes bad. 

LED Lights Do Not Fair Well in Severe Weather

On the contrary, LED lights have shown consistently better performance under colder or wetter conditions than fluorescent or incandescent light bulbs. Also, weather guards can be placed around your LED lights to protect them from harsh winds, hail, and debris. 

Dimmers Can’t Be Used with LED Lights

Actually, LED lights are completely supportive of dimmers and timers. This is because LED lights were designed with energy efficiency in mind. Due to the electrical components within dimmable LED bulbs, they perform very well and do not lose their energy efficiency. Just make sure you are getting dimmable LED lights if you plan on using them for that purpose; the non-dimmable lights are used for more powerful and consistent lighting. 

LED lighting opens up a whole new world of possibilities for homeowners. When it comes to expert design, installation, and maintenance, no one does it better than Creative Nightscapes. We have been helping the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with its outdoor lighting for years. Contact our specialists at Creative Nightscapes today for more information on our services and for a consultation about creating your dream nightscape!