Landscaping is one of the best ways to increase your property’s aesthetic appeal. Not only does it increase the resale value of your home by 14%, but it can also serve a measure of protection against intruders.
However, whether you’re using step lights to illuminate your yard for the elderly members of your family or you’re using area lights to highlight your favorite trees, a landscape lighting question still remains: Do you use LED lights? Or halogen?
Pros and cons of LED lights in landscape design
LED lights have been popular in the lighting market recently because of their incredible longevity. LED lights can last anywhere between 30,000 to 50,000 hours and give off very little heat. This immensely reduces the number of greenhouse gasses emitted by your electricity, which was one of the key reasons for LED’s development.
LED lights used for area lights, spotlights, deck lights, and other areas of the yard can easily last up to 10 years depending on how often they’re used. Additionally, the energy efficiently of each bulb can help you save up to 80% of your energy costs on average in comparison to a regular incandescent bulb.
However, if you do choose to use LED lights for landscaping purposes such as for area lights it’s recommended to position your lighting fixtures in higher areas or where the stem of the light can be easily seen. This is because LED lights can be easily damaged when placed in lower areas such as ground lighting.
Pros and cons of halogen lights in landscape design
One of the reasons why halogen lights are often used by homeowners is because of their brightness. The quality of the light allows for an aesthetically appealing washing effect along your home’s landscaping. Halogen lights can also be used with a timer so as to improve energy efficiency and may be placed in either high or low-level areas.
However, in comparison to LED lights, halogen lights don’t last very long. The average life of a halogen bulb is typically between 2,000 to 5,000 hours. As a result, you’ll need to replace your bulbs often, which can be a nuisance depending on how high you have your landscape lighting set.
Which type of lighting is best?
While the type of lighting you choose for your landscape project is up to you, the use of LED lights may be in your best interest. LED lights give you the brightness of halogen lights, but with the flexibility of being able to choose their intensity. You’re also able to place them in a variety of areas in your yard without having to keep in mind the fact that you’ll have to take them back down later to change the bulbs periodically.