When we inform customers that we exclusively use LED bulbs in our fixtures one of the first questions we are asked is, ” What color are these lights?”
What color are our LED lights
The vast majority of our clients want warm white light. Not the stark, blue, cool light that many associate with LED bulbs. Fortunately, the LED light industry has made advances to the point where bulbs (diodes) can be manufactured to emit a broad spectrum. So meeting the request for warm white lights is a daily activity for us.
Color Spectrum – Kelvin
The halogen lights that have been traditionally used in outdoor landscape lighting are roughly 3,000 kelvin. The LED bulbs we use range between 2,700 kelvin and 3,000 kelvin. To the naked eye there is no essentially no difference between the traditional halogen and our LED lights.
Custom Color Lights
On occasion, we’ll receive a request for a special light color. For example, we have bi-pe bulbs that are 2200 kelvin that actually match the color of a candle flame! They are popular in our deck/post fixtures where clients may have candles on nearby tables.
Also, some clients like to install red and green bulbs at Christmas; orange bulbs at Halloween; and red and blue bulbs for Independence Day.
If you would like custom color LED lights let us know and we’ll take care of it for you or point you to a source for them.
LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode. It is assembled into a lamp (sometimes called a light bulb) for use in lighting fixtures.
So What Then is an LED?
Technically speaking an LED is a two-lead semiconductor light source that is a p-n-junction diode. When voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes releasing energy in the form of photons thus emitting light. The color of the light is determined by the band gap of the semiconductor.
In the past we would never consider LED (Light Emitting Diode) as an option for landscape lighting. Only halogen bulbs provided the professional look that clients demanded. LED lamps were unreliable and frequently failed shortly after installation.
Now when consumers think of LED, many immediately think of the solar powered LED landscape lighting that are sold at big box retail stores. That lighting is unnatural and underpowered. Additionally the fixtures are frequently plastic or aluminum and are marginal quality which will not stand up over time. This is why they only carry a one-year warranty.
When it comes to professional grade landscape lighting, LED has become the number one choice for professional designers and installers. Reputable outdoor lighting firms only install LED fixtures that are made of solid brass and carry a lifetime warranty.
Let’s take a look at why LED is now the best choice for professional landscape lighting.