If you are planning on adding outdoor lighting fixtures to your property, you might think that the type of bulb you choose is the least of your worries. You may think that there are no significant differences between traditional incandescent light bulbs and LED bulbs. However, the type of bulb you decide to use can make a big difference for many reasons. Compared to incandescent light bulbs, LED bulbs are a much safer choice in terms of temperature. LED bulbs are also extremely durable and long-lasting, and use significantly less energy than incandescent bulbs. Going with LED bulbs over incandescent for your outdoor lighting fixtures is the better option. Continue reading to learn more.

LED bulbs are safer than incandescent bulbs.

In terms of temperature, LED bulbs are a much safer choice than incandescent bulbs. The glass surface of an average 60-watt incandescent light bulb can get up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which greatly increases the chance of the bulb combusting or of you burning your fingers while changing it. LED bulbs, on the other hand, only reach about 60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them much safer to handle. This is because incandescent light bulbs transfer almost all of their energy into heat, while LED light bulbs transfer the majority of their energy into generating light rather than heat.

LED bulbs are extremely durable and long-lasting.

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Incandescent bulbs are made with glass, which makes them much easier to break or shatter. LED bulbs, however, are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, which makes them much more resistant to breakage. In addition to their durability, LED bulbs last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs. An average 60 watt incandescent light bulb will provide approximately 1,000 hours' worth of light. LED bulbs, however, can be expected to last around 50,000 hours, meaning you would not have to change them very often. Also, LED bulbs are the perfect choice for your outdoor lighting fixtures because they perform just as efficiently in any weather. This means that they are a solid outdoor lighting choice regardless of what the weather looks like where you live.

If you only use your LED bulbs for 12 hours a day, you likely wouldn't need to change them for over 10 years!

LED bulbs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs.

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Besides being safer, more durable, and longer-lasting, LED light bulbs also use their energy significantly more efficiently than their incandescent counterparts. In fact, the average LED light bulb uses about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs can produce the same amount of light as a 50-watt incandescent bulb with only 11 to 12 watts worth of energy. A similar comparison shows that LED bulbs convert an average of 80 to 90% of their energy into light, whereas incandescent bulbs only convert about 10 to 20% of their energy into light. This means that LED bulbs use around 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs while providing the same amount of brightness. Therefore, choosing LED bulbs for your outdoor lighting fixtures could greatly decrease your electric bill.

Call our landscaping professionals about outdoor lighting today!

When it comes to choosing which bulbs to use for your outdoor lighting fixtures, there is no contest. When compared to incandescent light bulbs in safety, durability, lifespan, and energy consumption, LED light bulbs take the cake. No matter what your dream outdoor lighting fixtures look like, our landscaping professionals at Rose Landscape Services can install it for you with the highest quality LED technology. We have been providing the finest outdoor lighting service to residents of the Grand Rapids, Ada, and Cascade, MI areas since 2003. Give us a call today at (616) 293-0361 to schedule a consultation.