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Holiday Lights and Other Outdoor Lighting Needs: 4 FAQs About LED

LED lighting technology has evolved to the point where it has become the best lighting option, particularly in the areas of durability, efficiency, and energy savings. Since the technology is relatively new compared to more traditional options such as incandescent lighting, you probably have certain reservations about using it for your outdoor lighting system.

To ‘illuminate’ you on why you should choose LED for any outdoor lighting need, whether accent lights, ambient lights, and even holiday lights, here are some frequently asked questions about LED lighting, with answers provided by trusted lighting professionals.


How environmentally friendly are LEDs?

LEDs are extremely environmentally friendly, and consume much less electricity than most other lighting products. Since less electricity is needed for their operation, you’ll save significantly on your energy usage on outdoor lights. They also do not contain mercury, unlike compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Their long life also reduces the solid waste that goes to landfills—you can potentially prevent 50 incandescent bulbs from being thrown away when you replace your incandescent with LED.


Is it true that LED lighting can last forever?

LED lights have an extremely long lifespan, however, like any object, they are still subject to wear and tear, and will eventually deteriorate over time. Likewise, they will wear out much faster if they are not made of high quality materials or installed or used properly. Thus, it pays to purchase your LEDs from a known quality provider such as Oelo.


How does LED’s brightness compare with that of incandescent bulbs?

LEDs are considerably brighter than incandescent bulbs carrying similar wattage. Just to give you an idea, an 8- or 12-watt LED bulb can match the brightness of a 60-watt incandescent bulb. That’s how much more efficient LED lighting can be. If you’re worried about the math, don’t be, because there is no uniform way to convert incandescent wattage to LED wattage. When comparing the two, lumen—or total quantity of visible light emitted by a source—should be the type of measurement used.


Are bulbs with more LEDs brighter than those with less?

The number of LEDs in a bulb does not determine its brightness because LED bulb types differ in size and output. As with LED and incandescent wattage comparisons, lumen is the most accurate indicator of an LED bulb’s brightness.

If you have more specific questions about outdoor LED systems, contact a trusted manufacturer and installer of LED holiday lights, such as Oelo.



The Real FAQs About LEDs, Lumens.com
Converting to LED lights: Everything You Need to Know, Guardian.com

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